As the Minnesota Vikings prepared to face the high powered offense of the Atlanta Falcons the talk about town was how the Vikings were “trying to keep their 2014 season from falling by the wayside because of injuries on their offense.”
The Vikings responded admirably putting up 558 total yards of offense and dominating the Atlanta Falcons in the final quarter on their way to a 41-28 win. The Vikings held the NFL’s most potent offence over the first three games to just 28 points and 412 total yards.
The most noticeable change of the game, noticeable from the field, was the energy and enthusiasm shown by the Vikings fans. At times the noise and enthusiasm was so much that Vikings players had to calm the fans down so that the offense could conduct the huddle.
Matt Asiata had one of the best games of his career scoring three touchdowns. Rookie Jarick McKinnon rushed for 135 yards behind some excellent blocking. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lunged into the end zone for a touchdown. Bridgewater was carted off the field in the fourth quarter, reports were that it was a strain but that he would be fine.
On defense the Vikings have four interceptions; in 2013 the team had twelve the entire season. Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson each picked up an interception in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings will travel to Green Bay for a Thursday night game against the Packers. The Vikings will again be without the starting quarterback for this season, Matt Cassel, linebacker Chad Greenway, tight end Kyle Rudolph, all out with injury. Running back Adrian Peterson is out indefinitely.
The Vikings will need their defense to step up again like they did against the Ravens. The Packers offense put up 38 points on the Bears defense and could prove to be a difficult opponent.