Weird how three weeks ago we lamented the ruin of the offense, and now the offense is Super Bowl-caliber and the defense is struggling. An NFL season is truly full of ups and downs.
I'm happy to see Cousins living up to his contract, and the O-line looks like it's figuring things out. Cook is now a top NFL HB, and even without Thielen they moved the ball effortlessly.
Meanwhile on defense, Rhodes just looks cooked. I also think they need to add a pass rusher, as they're getting zero pressure from anyone outside of Hunter and Griffen (except when Barr or Alexander blitz). I've also noticed that Zimmer's defenses usually play much, much better in home games and struggle to rush the passer in road games.
I've thought since day 1 defense was a weakness. Some guys (Barr, Smith) have played better than I thought they would, which has helped.
Offense was struggling because of the run-first, conservative play calling. After Diggs complained, offense has opened up. Cousins is making big time throws and taking chances. Can he continue to play like this? I hope so.
Any word on Thielen? WR is very top heavy on this team, Vikes need him healthy by the end of the year. Hamstrings are rough, make him rest until he is fully healthy. Allowing it to linger just to win regular season games it dumb.
Do or do not. There is no try.