Joshua Dobbs Leads Vikings to Gritty, Entertaining, Stunning Win Over Falcons

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The Minnesota Vikings had no business winning Sunday’s game vs the Atlanta Falcons. Not entering the contest, with arguably their three most important players, Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and Christian Darrisaw out with injuries, Cousins’ of the season-ending variety.

Injuries keep coming, Minnesota Vikings keep winning

Then, rookie QB replacement Jaren Hall had his head bounce off the turf at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as he tried to push the Vikings into the end zone on a very impressive first drive, which ended his day. At that point, many fans had to be tempted to pack up and head out to the deer stand, right?

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Hopefully not. Because instead, new Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs made a bunch of huge plays, both through the air and on the ground; the defense played well enough to win and the Vikings coaching staff proved themselves as one of the best in the NFL.

Throw in a game-winning drive from the new aforementioned QB and we were all treated to an unthinkable 31-28 Vikings victory, which will help jumpstart a great week for fans everywhere.

Those who watched this entire contest were treated to a football anomaly. A game that shouldn’t have been very much fun to watch, ended up as one of the best I’ve seen all season; a team that never should’ve stood a chance, came out victorious; and a quarterback that shouldn’t have been near-ready enough to be effective, was the game MVP.

Joshua Dobbs leads Vikings to impossible win

Joshua Dobbs arrived from Arizona at the end of this week. The offensive operation wasn’t always pretty, including one interception and 2 fumbles (one lost) for Dobbs. But the effort was 100% gritty, fun to watch and something tangible that the 2023 hard-luck team and fanbase can rally around.

Dobbs finished Sunday’s game 20/30 with 158 passing yards and 66 yards on the ground. He lead the Vikings in both categories and tacked on two touchdown passes to boot. The 28-year-old QB showed he can fling the football a little bit, but it’s his ability to scramble and evade the pass rush that really stands out.

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He used that slippery scrambling ability feet to make spectacular 3rd down conversions and proved very difficult for defenders to bring down, both in the pocket and on the run.

Hats off to Vikings coaching staff

Before he went out with a concussion, Jaren Hall looked good in the first drive too. No doubt Kevin O’Connell earned some respect points in the football community with his coaching job today.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan