Coach Kevin O’Connell’s Decision
Head coach Kevin O’Connell announced on Wednesday that quarterback Josh Dobbs would start Sunday’s game against the [opponent], despite his recent struggles with turnovers. O’Connell stated that they took advantage of the time off to evaluate Dobbs and the offense for the upcoming week.
Playoff Hopes Rest on Justin Jefferson
Star wide receiver Justin Jefferson is also expected to make his return on Sunday after being activated to the roster. His presence on the field could greatly contribute to the Vikings’ chances of securing a playoff spot. Tight end Kyle Rudolph mentioned that having Jefferson alongside Dobbs would boost the quarterback’s confidence and improve the overall performance of the team.
Jefferson’s Impact Beyond Offense
Rudolph, who recently retired as a Viking, emphasized that Jefferson’s return would not only strengthen the offense but also uplift the entire team. The defense and special teams would benefit from the excitement and energy brought by Jefferson’s presence on the field.
Uncertainty Surrounding Kirk Cousins
The quarterback situation in Minnesota remains uncertain, especially with Kirk Cousins’ contract expiring at the end of the season and his season-ending Achilles injury complicating matters further. Rudolph mentioned that the decision about Cousins’ future would be determined by the market and the organization’s long-term plans.
For now, Coach O’Connell is taking a week-by-week approach in determining the starting quarterback. The Vikings will face the Raiders in Las Vegas on Sunday, with both teams coming off a bye week.
Kyle Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl tight end, played with the Vikings from 2011-2020. After a brief stint with the New York Giants, he concluded his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022.