Patrick Peterson reflects on what the Vikings need to do to catch the Lombardi
January 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) returns an interception for a 66-yard touchdown as safety Harrison Smith (22) follows a pass from Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (not pictured) during of the fourth quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker – USA TODAY Sports
Although they’ve been around since 1961, Minnesota has yet to win that elusive Lombardi Trophy. Vikings fans had no shortage of heartbreak. For what it’s worth, Patrick Peterson recently offered his take on what needs to happen for the Vikings to finally climb to the top of Mount Champion.
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Patrick Peterson identifies several things the Vikings need to accomplish. Getting a higher health chance, having individual player accountability, winning games on the road, and executing the game plan are all identified as critical to success.
His goal is to get Minnesota to a point where the team can make a move for the Lombardi. In other words, it’s about getting in a good position to make some noise in the playoffs. To be able to do this, they will have to steal clutch road games and make players fulfill their role. If successful, the Vikings will hopefully end up with playoff games at US Bank Stadium.
In many ways, the answer provided by Peterson is an oversimplification. Winning on the road and executing the game plan are undoubtedly important, and yet the reality is that this season will feature multiple teams capable of doing those things. We believe that Kevin O’Connell and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah are trying to develop solutions to beat even teams that complete all of the crucial milestones identified by Peterson.
For the Minnesota Vikings to truly succeed in 2022, Patrick Peterson — and many others — will need to shine. His ability to be a really good corner rather than just a solid one will go a long way to putting that defense back in a good position.