A giant version made of wood and metal is attached to the wall of the player’s entrance hall. They pass by each day as they enter and exit the building.
O’Connell has continued to strengthen that culture throughout the season, building bonds between players. result? His 13-win season for the third time in franchise history, his first division title since 2017, and his first playoff appearance of the season for the Vikings.
Eleven of Minnesota’s 13 wins this season have been by one point. This set his NFL record.
Ben Gesling star tribune analyzed as strong bond That remained constant for the Vikings ahead of Minnesota’s home playoff game against the Giants on Sunday.
To survive the NFC playoffs, the Vikings must overcome the loss of right tackle Brian O’Neal against a series of formidable pass-rushing groups against a field containing three of the NFL’s six best offenses. and hope their defense holds up. Avoid the special team mistakes that have sunk Viking teams in the past.
But as they see it, their 11 close wins are proof they can withstand the mounting tensions of the postseason and a primer to what they face.
Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips said, “I don’t think anyone in sports would say that having more connections would hurt a team.” Is it 10 down against this team, or 33 down, etc. Some of them think so. [strong] I’ve seen him in the weight room. I’ve seen him actually watch his movies. I believe he did, he’s going to do his job, maybe some of that would have been passed on to us, and I’m sure we’ll be able to rely on it again through the next four-game stretch. ”
That bond was certainly put to the test in Minnesota’s game against Indianapolis in Week 15. The Colts capitalized on the Vikings’ mistake and he built a 33–0 lead at halftime. But Minnesota stuck with it, kept fighting, and eventually in overtime he won 39–36, completing the biggest comeback in NFL history.
After that, edge rusher Daniel Hunter “In some games, it feels like we can magically win the game because of the bond we have, because we can just run like normal.”