I got a mixed bag response to my post over on Facebook regarding the Atlanta game being a test of what the Vikings future could look like. With so many starters and veterans out, it was time to see what the kids were made of, and based upon that performance with a massive assist from Zimmer and Turner's steady hand it looks positive.
There is no doubt Teddy blew the doors off for his rookie debut. We can only hope that rising out of the ashes of the dumpster fire start of the season is his continued success. I had advocated for him to sit for a year, get a bit of seasoning based on some okay but not awesome training camp efforts; it looks like I was wrong. If nothing else, it appears Atlanta didn't know how to plan for Teddy and they forgot Wright existed.
I truly appreciated seeing Felton getting his playing time pounding away on the Falcon's defense making way for two monster days by Asiata and McKinnon. I have been singing McKinnon's praises as a future starting class RB for the Vikings after the AP era if he works out some kinks. Was really nice to see that effort.
Going back to Griffen's comments from week one about liking playing for a coach that knows how to win in the NFL: Zimmer's absolute stone cold 4th and 1 play after losing momemtum was the stones you want to see from a head coach. The Vikings thrived on the confidence from the coach and rewarded us with a go ahead touchdown and then a two point conversion. No safe field goals here when the situation warrants a general at the helm. This is a great departure from Frazier's apathy and Childress' bewildering efforts.
In the end, with a Teddy ankle injury, I thought it was well placed to hear Zimmer joke with the media when asked if Teddy would be ok? "I told him he will be ok and playing Thursday", said Zimmer with a huge smile on his face.
I like it. But now: a real test. The Robot-5000 Rodgers, at home in Lambeau. This game just became incredibly intriguing between the potential future QB star against the current QB star. We'll see you Thursday night!