Explained: The state of the Vikings through Week 11

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Explained: The state of the Vikings through Week 11

This is episode 167 VikesNow, a YouTube channel dedicated to daily Minnesota Vikings analysis. This episode examines the state of the Vikings over the course of 11 weeks.

Specifically, the Cowboys’ turmoil, the upcoming Patriots and their 8-2 record are discussed.

Send any feedback – especially constructive criticism – to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

State of the Vikings: Week 12 – See below


The Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Vikings in Week 11, 40-3, thanks to complete dominance in all phases and a general lack of life from the Vikings’ offensive line and defense. After the fact, there was a hangover caused by the Week 10 win over the Buffalo Bills.

November 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson recorded just 3 catches, 33 receiving yards and no touchdowns in a game where the young playmaker had virtually no impact after the 1st quarter. Jefferson is now on pace for 1,858 receiving yards, down from his 2,000+ yard projection last week.

The Vikings are three-point favorites at home against the New England Patriots in Week 12, beating the New York Jets 10-3 on Sunday. New England has the best defense in the NFL and is slightly better than the Cowboys defensive group that limited the Vikings to three points.

The Packers lost again in Week 11 – a setback at home against the Tennessee Titans. Their playoff hopes were completely dashed. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks if the playoffs started today.

September 30, 2022; Thundridge, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Minnesota’s offensive line has had a few days of soul searching because it was abysmal against the Cowboys. And the Patriots’ pass rush will provide no respite.

A 2-5 or 1-6 record the rest of the way would have doomed the Vikings in the postseason. Of course, winning the division is preferable, but low-level football will, as a worst-case scenario, lead to a playoff berth. That’s the advantage of an 8-2 start. The Vikings have a 99% chance of reaching the postseason, per se Five thirty eight.

The Vikings lost five straight games against the Patriots, even though Tom Brady was at the helm in all five of those contests and he no longer works for New England. Instead, Minnesota gets its first look at Mac Jones.


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 Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures ranked: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (band).