Coller: Vikings schedule includes 7 ‘QBs with questions’
The Vikings already knew which opponents they’d be facing in 2022; But as of Thursday, they also know the complete schedule and the order in which they’ll be playing those teams.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider posted a guest post Sports Illustrated in which he points out that Minnesota’s schedule is “Features lots of quarterbacks with questionsHe said seven games will showcase passers-by on their rookie contract “who are yet to show they are franchise quarterbacks.” Depending on how these youngsters play, Coller opined, could “wildly” swing the Vikings 2022 results.
Coller included the following seven QBs on his list of unprovens: Jalen Hurts (Eagles), Justin Fields (Bears), Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins), Mac Jones (Patriots), Zach Wilson (Jets) and Daniel Jones (Giants).
The Vikings will face Hurts on Monday Night Football in Week 2. Coller wrote:
The Eagles are banking on a special offseason move to make Hurts better: acquiring AJ Brown via trade with the Tennessee Titans. Since [Brown entered] The league in 2019, QBs has a 118.9 rating when targeting [him, per analytics site Pro Football Focus]General Chat Chat Lounge He averages an outrageous 6.1 yards after catch over his three seasons and was graded by PFF as the seventh-best receiver in the league in 2021.
Still, the best-laid plans don’t always work out until the QB is up to the task. It’s notable that the only one of the Hurts’ wins came against a winning team last year, and that the club (New Orleans) didn’t make the postseason.
Caller called the Week 2 contest at Philadelphia’s “pivotal” for Minnesota’s season.
Coming off the opener against the Green Bay Packers, they will be looking at either desperately needing a bounce-back win or an opportunity to start off blazing hot heading into a winnable game. [against] Detroit. Since the Eagles have a strong top-to-bottom roster, the result could very well depend on whether Hurts shows early signs of progress.
Let’s also take a look at what Coller said about Fields, who the Vikings are of course slated to face twice.
Minnesota will host Chicago this week after returning from London. Fields is not a rookie, but he is playing under a new head coach at Matt Eberflus, whose caller said he is tasked with developing an “offensive system that will help Fields develop a quality quarterback.”
The Bears are relying solely on the new system to boost fields, considering they didn’t make any major moves this offseason to improve their supporting cast. The Bears made the receiver at Byron Pringle, and they lost Allen Robinson to free agency. Last year, Fields was sacked 36 times at just 353 dropbacks, and the club failed to add major offensive line help.
By the time the Vikings see Fields in Week 5, they’ll have a good sense of what the new-coach magic has worked for. If the season goes the way it projected the Vegas linebackers and the Vikings are in the playoff position for the final weeks, Fields’ growth (or lack thereof) could hold the Vikings back to the postseason, as they play on the Bears. the road in Week 18.