By CJ Carlson
The Minnesota Vikings were starting to fire on all cylinders earlier in the season, then Kirk Cousins went down with an injury. Since then, they’ve had their nice spurts of play, but nothing has been nearly as consistent. It started with newcomer Joshua Dobbs getting a few wins before being benched due to poor play.
Then the rookie Jaren Hall got a start before exiting with an injury. In comes Nick Mullens, who also got benched in favor of Hall again. Oh, then Hall was benched once more last week in favor of Mullens. It’s a mess in that quarterback room for Minnesota right now.
This team enters a win-or-go-home situation in their Week 18 regular season finale against the Detroit Lions. Mullens has since been announced as the starter, marking yet another change in which signal caller will start a game. None of them have played very well though. Hall was benched due to a few poor passes and a lack of production offensively.
The problem with his benching is that he really only got one half of play to adjust to the speed of the game. As for Dobbs, he was benched amidst a couple of consecutive losses including a 3-0 defeat against the Las Vegas Raiders, which was the final straw for him. Mullens was benched for throwing six interceptions in a span of just two games.
The Minnesota Vikings Are Desperate For Quarterback Production
Minnesota is clearly desperate for a spark, and unfortunately it might not matter who gets the nod. None of the available options have proven an ability to really put this team on their backs. Hall is the only player that makes you wonder due to how little he was out on the field in comparison to Dobbs and Mullens. However, it’s not surprising with the team fighting for a Wild Card playoff spot, so they are hoping a veteran presence can calm them all down.
To make matters worse, Minnesota will be without TJ Hockenson still after he suffered a season ending injury last week. Without Hockenson, much of the defensive attention goes straight towards Justin Jefferson. Mullens is going to have a tough task in front of him if Jefferson gets double-teamed for most of the game. He’s going to have to win this game for them when they need it the most.