Player of the Game: Sad Face Voting Underway For Fourth Straight Week
Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, and Everson Griffen lead Vikings in 26-20 loss.
If we had a german shepherd on staff as a columnist it would surely analyze these last four weeks as rough, rough, rough.
The Vikings again had weaknesses on display this Sunday during their 26-20 road loss in Washington D.C. where the offense was inconsistent, the defense lacked any punch, and Blair Walsh missed another extra point.
This marks the fourth straight loss for Minnesota, and the fourth straight week where I say “yeah, I know picking a player of the game isn’t as fun after a loss.” Still, there were some performances of note Sunday afternoon, and I’ve compiled a short list of worthy nominees.
First, however, let me catch you up on which Vikings players have won the popular vote so far this season:
WEEK ONE: Eric Kendricks
WEEK TWO: Sam Bradford
WEEK THREE: Everson Griffen
WEEK FOUR: Xavier Rhodes
WEEK FIVE: Adam Thielen
WEEK SEVEN: Cordarrelle Patterson
WEEK EIGHT: Jeff Locke
WEEK NINE: Chad Greenway
Once again, it is worth noting that not a single player has won this award twice this season, but that might change this week. The decision is yours.
It was infuriating when Bradford held the ball too long at the wrong times, and his interception made a huge difference, but Bradford at least flashed some great potential again at points in this one. He ended up completing 31 of his 40 attempts for 307 yards and two touchdowns. He took three sacks and ended up with a quarterback rating of 104.9.
Diggs is clearly to the go-to weapon in this offense now and he amassed 13 receptions on Sunday, many of which came on the final drive of the game, which was ultimately unsuccessful. He was good for 164 yards on 15 targets, but failed to find the endzone in this one. There were some mental mistakes made by Diggs after the catch, but overall this was a fine performance for the young wide out.
The big, strong tight end is finally playing football like the big, strong tight end the Vikings have expected him to be for so many seasons. He played a nice game, actually bullying some defenders off the line, and caught five of his eight targets for 69 yards and one beautiful touchdown.
“Sack Daddy” didn’t get home on Sunday, but he did run Kirk Cousins right into the arms of Danielle Hunter at one point. He also recovered the first half fumble that turned the tide to the Vikings favor. He made four tackles, but is merely the best part of an impotent pass rush at this point in the season.
Shamar Stephen flashed at points. Harrison Smith and Chad Greenway led the team with seven tackles each. Danielle Hunter snagged the team’s only sack. Adam Thielen played well, but sparsely. Jake Long was playing a good game before his injury. Feel free to click “OTHER” in the poll below and let us know who gets your vote in the comments section below.