Both the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos are on heaters right now, aiming to bounce back from seasons that have started very poorly. So far, they have succeeded.
The Vikings got off to a poor 0-3 start to the season, going 1-4 against the Chiefs before they started to climb. Since then, they’ve won five times, and in the process managed to absorb one of the worst losses a team can face: a season-ending injury to their quarterback. Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers, and then his backup Jaren Hall suffered a concussion in his Week 9 start.
Enter Josh Dobbs, Minnesota’s savior. Acquired to back up Hall a few days before their Week 9 matchup against the Falcons, he led them to victory despite learning plays on the sidelines before replacing Hall. Dobbs started the following week against the New Orleans Saints, extending their streak to five.
The Broncos’ three-game hitting streak is a bit short on the streak, but they’ll defend it fiercely. After a truly rotten 2022 season, nobody was surprised when Denver went 1-5 in their first six games. But against a less-than-stellar Packers team in Week 7, they won 19-17. The following week they completely stunned the Chiefs 24-9, then snapped a 10-week winning streak against the Bills on a walk-off field goal. The Broncos certainly felt good this week, and they deserved to.
But neither streak would last the night. It’s the Josh Dobbs magic of the Vikings and the resurgent Broncos. One team will go home happy and the other team will go home.
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