Biggest Surprise, Fall After Loss to DAL, Gratitude..

Questions Answered: Biggest Surprise, Fall After Loss to DAL, Gratitude..
November 6, 2022; Landover, Maryland, United States; Minnesota Vikings tight end TJ Hockenson. Mandatory credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports.

Questions Answered: Biggest Surprise, Fall After Loss to DAL, Gratitude..

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the November 23 edition. If you have questions, send them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

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Q: Who do you think has been the Vikings’ biggest surprise player so far this season?

Questions Answered: Biggest Surprise, Fall After Loss to DAL, Gratitude..
November 6, 2022; Landover, Maryland, United States; Minnesota Vikings tight end TJ Hockenson. Mandatory credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports.

A: The biggest surprise is the combination of Irv Smith’s ineffectiveness, plus the trade for TJ Hockenson, which changed the script through TE production.

People predicted Irv Smith’s breakout for four straight seasons — and it never happened. Then, the Vikings traded for Hockenson, and he did in one game what people always wanted Smith to do.

The trade was certainly unexpected, and it will benefit the Vikings for years to come. All in all, give us Hockenson for the biggest 2022 surprise ever.

Q: How far have the Vikings fallen in the power rankings since the loss to Dallas?

Vikings Loss vs.  Reaction to the Cowboys
November 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America; Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse (27) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: The world believes the Vikings are around the eighth best team in the NFL, a drop five Scores after losing to the Cowboys, 40-3.

Heading into Week 11, Minnesota finally got some national respect. But it was wasted in a 37-point loss.

Thankfully, power ratings are meaningless and only a thermometer of national opinion. If the Vikings can beat the Patriots, they should earn some respect.

Q: Which Vikings players are you thanking this holiday?

Brian O'Neill
December 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Brian O’Neill (75) and offensive guard Mike Remmers (74) during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

A: We are grateful to Brian O’Neill and Christian Darrisaw, among many others, for the attack. According to them, the Vikings offensive line should be at least decent for the next 5-10 years. And for Vikings fans, that’s a big deal after nearly a decade of pass protection futility.

Of course, Justin Jefferson is a man who puts his feet on the seats, so we are very grateful to him. But we’ll stay in the trenches with O’Neill and Darrisaw.


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Dustin Baker He is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sawh and Sal seasoning. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (band).