The NFC has a new bully. The Vikings are 4-0 after dragging the Giants out back and beating them down. What a dominant performance by Mike Zimmer’s squad, a team that just keeps winning regardless of who they lose or what happens to them.
Has a team been more impressive in the first four weeks? And has a team had to overcome more to get there?
Because even without Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil and Sharrif Floyd, they continue to roll. Check that, they continue to dominate.
And can someone remind me again, why Mike Zimmer had to wait about 50 years to get his first head coaching job in the NFL? Because if the voting were done today, he’d be your runaway coach of the year in league.
If anyone had a reason to go into the tank, it was the Vikings. If they went looking for a nice soft place to lie down and call it a season, would anyone have blamed them or been surprised?. Oh hell no! Not on Mike Zimmer’s watch. He said they’d be all right. And they were.
Actually, much better than just all right. They went into the defending NFC champion’s house and smoked Carolina, hammering Cam Newton into submission. Then that dominant defense showed up the same way in bludgeoning Eli Manning last night.
That Viking defense, just made Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Eli Manning look like Ryan Tannehill, Case Keenum and Cody Kessler.
And as long as we’re doling out credit, let’s be sure gm Rick Spielman gets share. Not only was he the one to take a flier on Mike Zimmer, a hire that was brilliant, he was the one that went all in and pulled the trigger on that Sam Bradford trade when Bridgewater went down; a trade that Spielmam took tremendous heat for. Tremendous heat for not only giving up as much as he did, but for giving it up for an underachieving, injury prone Sam Bradford who would never lead anyone anywhere.
And now how does Spielman look? Like a genius. And so does offensive coordinator Norv Turner who on short notice has put Bradford in the right spots to just do his job. And that’s exactly what he’s done, three games in row. And his job is to ride that dominant defense, make a few throws a game and stay away from the big mistake.
Their season could have ended the second Teddy Bridgewater reached for his knee. And it should have ended the second Adrian Peterson tore his up. But it didn’t because neither Zimmer nor Spielman would give up on the guys that were still there.