The Vikings head home after improving their record to 3-1 against division rival Detroit. Early in the season the Vikings might the biggest surprise in the NFL. Not too many “experts” had the Vikings 3-1 at the quarter pole. It is impressive how they have gotten there, doing it mostly with special teams last week.
Expectations are now raised for Minnesota and they are expected to win this game at home against a struggling Titans team. Tennessee enters the game 1-3 with their starting qb Jake Locker sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Veteran Matt Hasselbeck will be at the helm Sunday. Minnesota’s defense should thrive in this situation. Hasselbeck is old and lacks mobility in the pocket which should play into the hands of the Vikings pass rush which has been strong.
The offense needs to be more consistent then they were last week. You cannot rely on as many special teams plays as Minnesota did last week. They will not come as often as they did last week. Ponder struggled last week but for the most part this season has played consistently.
The Vikings need to win these games if they have any hopes of competing for the NFC North division. I think they will win the game with solid defense and a bounce back game from Ponder. Vikings 28 Titans 17.