The Minnesota Vikings are the only unbeaten team in the NFL, and it is the sort of unexpected surprise that keeps the NFL interesting. No matter how you choose to interpret the NFL odds no one thought it would all come down to the Vikings.
The Vikings had nothing going right for them for the longest time; their 2012 MVP was away for several weeks while the starting quarterback was absent for the whole season.
And taking into account the fact that they had to put Matt Kalil on injured reserve, you cannot help but commend the Vikings for maintaining a certain level of resilience throughout all the turmoil.
Quarterback Sam Bradford said as much. The Vikings have had to overcome a number of obstacles and adversities during the first half of 2016, and still, the players answered the call when it came.
The NFL season is already at a third of the way through, and the Vikings have essentially taken the lead. Everyone thought the Super Bowl champions would eventually stand unopposed, but the Broncos took their first loss on Sunday.
In the case that the Broncos lost, all hope initially lay on the shoulders of the Philadelphia Eagles; however, they also lost this week. And there is little point talking about the Carolina Panthers at this point.
The Panthers have only won one of their first four games; and if that wasn’t enough, they have lost Cam Newton to a concussion, which leaves them in a less than pleasant situation.
Minnesota has surprised a lot of critics; so far, all anyone can agree on is the fact that they have a really good defense. Talented players like Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes have worked with Coach Mike Zimmer to keep the team standing despite the turmoil of the last several months.
Bradford has also proven his mettle this time around; boasting six TDs and Zero interceptions, the quarterback is definitely worth the hype, upsetting the expectations of everyone who kept mocking the team’s decision to ship a first-round draft choice to the Eagles in order to get him.
Minnesota has now joined a group of only two clubs in the last eight decades who started 5-0 without giving up interceptions. But it is still early in the year and Bradford knows that the team hasn’t really accomplished anything, so they cannot afford to lose focus.
In other news, Tom Brady has finally made his triumphant return to the NFL, and he looked as good as everyone expected in his first game since his suspension ended. The star threw for 406 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions in a game that saw the Patriots defeat the Browns.
Brady made magic with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennet.
The Chargers weren’t nearly as lucky as the Patriots, losing another close game at Oakland. San Diego is now 1-4, which means that Coach Mike McCoy should probably start looking for another job.
Dallas was riding high on their victory over Cincinnati, which makes one wonder how the coach will bench Dak Prescott. Everyone knows that Tony Romo’s job is his to keep, and it won’t be long before he returns after recuperating from his back injury, which makes you wonder what they plan to do with Prescott.