Vikings Remaining QB Menu Is Delicious

August 12, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mike White. Mandatory credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

If the Minnesota Vikings want to close out the 2022 regular season with another pile of wins, the opposing goaltending glove isn’t all that scary.

The New York Jets announced Wednesday that 2021 first-round draft pick Zach Wilson has gone down, setting the stage for Mike White at QB1 a week and a half later when the Vikings host Robert Saleh’s team.

Before that, Minnesota must first deal Mac Jones, a 1st-round pick from the same draft as Wilson. Jones is the New England Patriots QB1, but has experienced a predictable sophomore slump, ranking 27th out of 32 eligible quarterbacks in QB DVOA after Week 11 in 2022.

August 19, 2021; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Mandatory credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jones isn’t very productive, and Mike White isn’t Dan Marino. Plus, the Vikings’ upcoming quarterback program is less daunting than the menu from Weeks 1 through 11. So far, the Vikings have faced Jalen Hurts, Josh Allen, Kyler Murray and Dak Prescott — a somewhat formidable bunch. Now the docket is softening. Here are the quarterbacks scheduled to play against the Vikings in the remaining weeks of the regular season:

🏈 Mac Jones
🏈 Mike White
🏈 Jared Goff
🏈 Matt Ryan
🏈 Daniel Jones
🏈 Aaron Rogers
🏈 Justin Fields

And by virtually all QB metrics, none of those passers are scary. Jones is ho-hum. White is incredibly unproven. Goff is Goff. Ryan is older than the Pope. Daniel Jones is worthy. Rodgers is set to retire. And Fields has flourished in recent weeks when the team was on a four-game losing streak.

October 16, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. Mandatory credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings are also close to bagging the NFC North. The team’s “magic number” is four, needing a combination of four Vikings wins or a Detroit Lions loss to clinch the division for the first time since 2017. The Packers have previously been a major contender in the tournament. magic number talking, but they have been fighting hard for about two months.

If Minnesota can’t find four wins over the Joneses, White, Goff, Ryan, Rodgers and Fields, well, they don’t deserve a home playoff game (or two).

The difficult part of the Vikings’ quarterback menu is hindsight, and the franchise must focus on righting the wrongs from Week 11, when they were beaten by the Dallas Cowboys.

Vegas believes the Vikings will, giving Minnesota a three-point lead over New England on Thanksgiving night.


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).