Are the Minnesota Vikings legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

The Minnesota Vikings have the second best record in football. Few would say they are the second best team.

At 7-1, the Vikes have a whopping 4.5 game lead in the NFC North and a 1.5 game lead for the No. 2 in the NFC. But is their record misleading?

Minnesota’s Week 1 win came against the Green Bay Packers, who are struggling 3-6 and struggling to produce offense. After a 24-7 loss to the still undefeated Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota has won six games in a row. Those victories came against the Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, and Washington Commanders.

At the same time, all of these victories were one-point games, and five of them by losing teams. The lone contest against a winning team – the Dolphins – was played without starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Speaking on Tuesday’s The Carton Show, FOX Sports NFL analyst Greg Jennings, who spent two seasons with Minnesota, dismissed the notion that the Vikings are a genuine Super Bowl contender, particularly because of Kirk’s inconsistency cousins

“He is very accurate [but] He has no particular talent,” Jennings said. “He makes it all the time in regular season games, during the day. Prime time games, playoffs, gotta watch it. i have to see it I’m not sure.”

Cousins ​​has led Minnesota into the postseason only once in his four completed seasons with the club. His teams have won just one of his three career playoff starts.

“When you compete, it’s even more of a competitor, like, ‘I gotta get this. I want to shine the brightest. I want to be what everyone is talking about,'” Jennings continued. “Kirk, it’s almost like I just don’t screw up. And it shows, and he doesn’t show up.”

In eight games in 2022, Cousins ​​has averaged 1,999 passing yards (ranked 13th in the NFL), 13 passing touchdowns (ranked ninth), six interceptions (ranked seventh), and an 89.5 quarterback rating (ranked 13th). , while going 64.8% of his graduated (13th). His completion percentage and 89.5 passer rating are both low for his tenure with the Vikings.

That’s despite Minnesota receivers having a 5.7% drop rate (the ninth lowest in the NFL). The passing game has relied heavily on Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, who account for 1,285 of the team’s 2,032 receiving yards this season.

The Vikings, on their league-wide drop in goals, rank their best (eighth, 24.1 PPG) in over a decade, despite scoring fewer points per game than in the last three seasons. Defensively, they give up 20.1 points (12th) per game. Minnesota is one of only three teams to make the top 12 in both categories (Philadelphia, Buffalo).

If the Vikings aren’t already considered serious contenders, they may change that narrative over the next two weeks as they take on the Bills on the road and the Dallas Cowboys at home.

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