Vikings Territory content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the preseason and delivers the fifth Skol Scale reading of 2017 and shares his thoughts on the Vikings Week 1 victory over the Saints.
The Minnesota Vikings have been labeled as one of the biggest wild cards in the NFL entering the 2017 season. The 2016 season brought anomaly after anomaly and never allowed for a fair evaluation of the team.
Most semi-knowledgeable football fans can recognize the greatness on the Minnesota defense. Legitimate Pro-Bowl talent on all three levels of the defense. But the concern this offseason and throughout the preseason has been the offense. How will the brand new offensive line perform? Will a running game of any kind exist or will this offense be one-dimensional again? Can the Vikings still win if the offense performs at the same level as last season?
We got some answers to those questions Monday night, though they are temporary answers. The offensive line stepped up tremendously, especially in pass protection, to provide polarizing quarterback Sam Bradford time to pick apart a lackluster New Orleans secondary. Rookie tailback Dalvin Cook snapped Adrian Peterson’s rookie debut franchise record with Peterson watching from the other sideline. And that last question? Well, for now, the answer is N/A.