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.