Zimmer on Vikings: ‘I know a lot of people jumped off the wagon after the other night’

Coming into their game with the Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings(8-4) were on a roll. They had won six out of their last seven games after starting the season 2-2. Kirk Cousins turned himself into an MVP candidate, and Dalvin Cook has played like one of the best running backs in football.

On Monday, the Vikings went into Seattle to battle a tough Seahawks team, and the magic that they had in previous games was not the same. Seattle led by as much as 17 points in the third quarter and was able to hold on to beat Minnesota 37-30. 

At this point, the Vikings are the sixth-seed(last wildcard spot) in the NFC, which is one game ahead of the 7-5 Rams. Fortunately for the Vikings, they have three of their final four games at home, but in the end, according to their head coach Mike Zimmer, they just have to win games.

“We’ve got to win games,” Zimmer said on Wednesday. “We just have to go win games and count them up at the end. I’m not going to worry about, I know a lot of people jumped off the wagon after the other night, we’re just going to try to win some more games and most important thing is win as many as we can and try to get in the tournament at the end and then see what happens.

“It starts this week. We have to win this week, and then we have to worry about the next week and then the other four. Try to get healthy, try to execute better than we did, try to take care of the football better than we did, try to stop the run better than we did.”

The Vikings are an outstanding football team, and there is no shame in losing to Seattle on the road. Based on the way they’re playing, Minnesota will probably make the playoffs. I’m still on the Vikings’ bandwagon and believe that this team could make some noise in the playoffs. 

One thought on “Zimmer on Vikings: ‘I know a lot of people jumped off the wagon after the other night’

  1. We really have reached a level of mediocrity in Minnesota. Each season it seems like we’re just thrilled to find a way into a playoff berth. Growing up in the 70s we Vikings fans just assumed we had a 50/50 shot at a Super Bowl. And we did make 4 appearances over 8 seasons. Didn’t win one, but we as fans just set the bar so much higher. Here’s Zimmer in year six with nothing even close to a Super Bowl championship. In fact, just the opposite. Utter embarrassment when we met the Eagles with the #1 defense in 2017. Zimmer’s touted defense looked pathetic and he looked like a deer in headlights on the sideline during the entire game as Doug Pederson (2nd year coach) took his team to a Super Bowl victory. Settling for marginal performances year after year just gets old. We need a coach who sets the bar where the Patriots do. New England just assumes they are going to win a Super Bowl season after season. That’s the kind of organization we need to strive for. I don’t care how many “winning” seasons Zimmer has, if he can’t get it done when it counts what’s the point? Six more seasons of Zimmer will be six more seasons of better than .500 records with nothing to show for it in the end. I’m sure he’s a perfectly nice man, but that alone doesn’t win championships.

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