No Adrian Peterson. No Matt Kalil. No problem.

Because the Vikings Defense is a group of BAD DUDES. And Mike Zimmer’s squad might be the most mentally tough in the league — a third-straight win to open the season, as the Vikings took down the defending NFC champs in their house.

They did it by beating Newton to a pulp again — sacking him 8 times and rattling off 22 straight points after spotting Carolina a 10-point lead, with the DEFENSE jump-starting the scoring with a sack of Newton in the end zone.

“I was running the football extremely well, keeping them off balance, and then all of a sudden, after the safety, it was good riddance,” Newton said.

Mike Zimmer has this thing going. And he’s doing it with a defense that might be the best in football. The pass rush is relentless. The secondary was bolstered by the return of Xavier Rhodes, who came back after missing two games with a knee injury as the Vikings held Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess without a catch.

And with Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton already on the hit-list, this football team has taken on the attitude of their head coach — seemingly unaffected by any of the injuries that have hit them.

“Well we got good depth number 1, and I keep saying this but Rick has brought the right kind of guys in here, the guys that put the team above themselves and above individual statistics and they understand that if they do good and the team does good that everyone will get plenty of recognition.”

The Vikings just keep rolling. And the injuries keep piling up. High-priced free agent picking Alex Boone will have an MRI on his hip. Yet Sam Bradford is still chugging along — a mistake free performance all this team needs when Zimmer’s D looks like the 85 Bears.

Look out. The Vikings just keep on chugging, even without AP, Kalil or Teddy Bridgewater. What a job by Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman.


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