That was a mess.
Participating in with no any starters, the Vikings didn’t do everything to assuage considerations about their depth in a blowout reduction to the Broncos to open up the 2021 preseason. Denver’s initially-teamers dominated Minnesota’s mistake-inclined 2s and 3s, leaping out to a 26-6 halftime lead in a activity that ended 33-6.
From a Vikings viewpoint, this seemed a whole lot like the fourth preseason video game usually does — apart from it was even worse than that.
Minnesota went three and out on its initial two offensive belongings, the 2nd ending in a safety when Dakota Dozier was flagged for keeping in his possess conclude zone. Things only obtained worse from there. The up coming enjoy from scrimmage was an 80-lawn touchdown pass from Drew Lock to K.J. Hamler in which Camryn Bynum bit on engage in-action and Cameron Dantzler was flat-out burned.
Early in the 2nd quarter, already trailing 16-3, Jake Browning threw a ball late and guiding Ihmir Smith Marsette, and Patrick Surtain II jumped it for an simple select-six.
The execution was bad on all fronts. There had been penalties, missed blocks, bad throws, skipped tackles, and breakdowns in communication. In other text, it was a coach’s nightmare.
“I advised them it was a incredibly inadequate overall performance,” Mike Zimmer claimed at halftime. “We’re going to scrimmage subsequent week with this exact bunch since we did not tackle perfectly. We created the completely wrong checks on protection with the safeties. We throw an interception for a landing, we went three-and-out on the initially two collection. Terrible punts. Other than that, it is been good.”
The next 50 percent started with a distinctive groups breakdown on a 62-yard kickoff return by the Broncos. The bright spots were being number of and far concerning all afternoon lengthy. Minnesota concluded with 3.7 yards for each participate in and eight penalties.
Does any of this suggest something? Sure and no.
Nobody was anticipating the Vikings’ backups to come out and perform incredibly effectively versus a large amount of the Broncos’ starters. Incredibly several, if any gamers who noticed time in this sport will be counted on for significant roles in Week 1 against the Bengals 4 months from now.
But at the exact time, this type of disastrous general performance is nevertheless regarding. The Vikings did not truly glimpse all set to participate in, and their depth is a sizeable worry following a video game like that.
There are continue to two preseason game titles still left, so there is time for improvement. Some starters will likely see the subject a bit subsequent Saturday in opposition to the Colts, so we may possibly get a extra aggressive recreation. But this was unattractive, and I might hope Zimmer to ratchet up the depth at apply upcoming week.
Let us run by means of some takeaways.
Kellen Mond outplays Jake Browning
The Vikings’ backup quarterback job belongs to Browning, at least for now. He experienced a fantastic instruction camp, notably early on. Mond hardly had a camp, lacking ten days whilst on the COVID record.
But with that reported, the rookie was clearly the superior of the quarterbacks on Saturday afternoon. Browning unsuccessful to capitalize on his prospect as the starter, heading 5 for 10 for 31 yards with a select-six.