The Vikings were feeling pretty down after Kirk Cousins suffered a torn Achilles tendon a few weeks ago, but the feeling couldn’t be more different across the team now.
Josh Dobbs ran for a touchdown and threw for another in his first start since joining the team in a trade on Oct. 31, and the Vikings moved to 6-4 with a 27-19 victory over the Saints. Dobbs replaced Jaren Hall after Hall suffered a concussion early in Week 9 and led the team to a comeback victory over the Falcons in his first appearance with the team.
After Sunday’s game, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said Dobbs “basically lived in the facility” this week to absorb as much of the offense as possible before facing the Saints. O’Connell raved about the results and said he was looking forward to what more they could do in the future.
“I thought it was quite an outstanding day from Josh and the best part is that we’re all still getting to know each other and getting to a level of comfort where we can continue to apply layers to this thing to try and be as successful as it is be.” We can be on the offensive” O’Connell said, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Dobbs is the first quarterback to record 400 passing yards, 100 rushing yards and no interceptions in his first two games with a team, but the two wins are an even bigger statistic for a Vikings team that is once again There is reason for optimism this season.