Will the Vikings avoid more bad luck?
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Last week, the Minnesota Vikings lost third-year tight end Irv Smith Jr for the season to a meniscus injury. He was expected by many to have a breakout season.
They acquired Chris Herndon from the New York Jets, and he should be a good addition, but probably won’t be as good as Smith would have been. He could, however, be better than Smith last season.
This injury doesn’t derail the Vikings’ season, but it remains a big blow given how good he could have been this year. Even with a great year from Smith, the offense could still have taken a step back as the offensive line was again a question mark (especially the right tackle) and Klint Kubiak being a first year offensive coordinator. They can no longer afford major injuries. Anthony Barr and Christian Darrisaw are out for the first week, but they may not be for long. COVID-19 could also cause players to miss a game or two.
When the news of Smith Jr.’s injuries came out, many Vikings fans, as usual, were like “why can’t we have some good things?” or “why are we cursed?” Injuries occur throughout the league. The Baltimore Ravens over the past two weeks have been hit hard by the injury bug. The Vikings are without a doubt one of the most unlucky teams in the history of the sport. Yes, they’ve made some really bad decisions over the years, especially the infamous Herschel Walker trade, but they’ve also been very unlucky on several occasions.
Drew Pearson’s push, four Super Bowl losses, Darrin Nelson drop, Gary Anderson miss, Nate Poole Hail Mary catch, 12 men in caucus, Blair Walsh miss, etc. The list is long. If Sam Bradford hadn’t been injured in 2017, they might have won the Super Bowl. Dalvin Cook was also leading the league in the race that year until he tore his ACL in week four. Still can’t apologize for their 38-7 loss to Philadelphia.
When Stefon Diggs scored that winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game, many fans thought “finally, we got lucky on our side.” Unfortunately for them, the following week was absolutely brutal.
Could the Vikings possibly have better luck and ultimately win a Super Bowl one day? It could very well happen. When? Nobody knows, but of course fans want one very soon and who can blame them. Even the young fans saw a lot of heartache. No one, of course, knows why they’ve been so unlucky so many times. The only thing for sure is that fans really want to see a Super Bowl win and they deserve to see that day come, especially those who have witnessed each of these heartaches.
Hey, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox fans are finally going to see their teams win with Cleveland sports fans when the Cavaliers won five. Maybe the time of the Vikings will come soon too.
Yes, making good decisions is absolutely necessary to win championships, but being lucky also helps, especially in a sport with the most injuries and perhaps the most controversial appeals.