Pat McAfee loves Vikings, you should too

Pat Mcafee and Lee Corso on the ESPN College GameDay stage outside Ayres Hall on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, September 24, 2022. The flagship pre-game football show ESPN college returned for the tenth time to Knoxville as the No. 12 Vols hosted the No. 22 Gators. Kns Espn College Gameday

Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has become a media titan, and his sound bites often garner national attention. On a recent show, he discussed the Minnesota Vikings’ hot start, and it’s hard not to forget his emotions.

There’s no denying that the Minnesota Vikings weren’t supposed to start that strong, at least if you believed the big national media personalities. The roster remained largely unchanged from where Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman left it a year ago, but that’s exactly what Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell wanted to inherit. There was a lot of talent on this team, but people in the wrong places to lead it.

Fast forward to where we are now and the Vikings are winning close games. They come from behind. They overcome obstacles. This Vikings contingent has leadership and determination, two key factors that were lacking a season ago.

On his Tuesday show, McAfee said, “I’m a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings,” McAfee said. “I fucking love them. I love all of them. I enjoy the way their games are going. I love watching them play. I like how their defense buzzes. I love everything about this Vikings team. They are electrifying on TV and they are very f****** good.

I think it’s fair to suggest that while the wins have been close, this team should be taken seriously. It may not be the Philadelphia Eagles, but McAfee suggests otherwise.

“I don’t think the [NFL] the fanbase as a whole is ready for Vikings to be Vikings. The Vikings are really ****** good and now that we look at Week 9…the Vikings seem like a team. An NFC cart. Just like the Eagles seem to be.

It’s fair to want the Vikings to show up against the Buffalo Bills in two weeks, and they’ll be tested at home against the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots, but the reality is Kevin O’s team ‘Connell has handled the business so far. .

You’d be hard-pressed to suggest that it’s crazy that Minnesota lost to Buffalo on the road. A clearer indicator of their true ability may be the result against Dallas and New England, given that both games are at US Bank Stadium. These are the types of games that good teams win, and this team is good at looking for opportunities to prove it.

Of the nationally respected members of the media, McAfee is perhaps the loudest. If he wants to shout Viking talent from the rooftops, by all means let him.

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Ted Schwerzler is a Twin Cities blogger who focuses on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He is active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and sports enthusiast, covering our pro teams with passion always seemed like a natural outlet.

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