Greg Joseph saved the Vikings season, redeeming himself with a 54-yard game winning field goal. Doing his best Justin Tucker impression, Joseph capped off an impressive 36 second Kirk Cousins’ drive to deliver Dan Campbell a little deja vu. Aside from avoiding despair, the Vikings had about as little to celebrate in this win as is possible in the National Football League. All of the concerns harbored about Mike Zimmer’s clock management and the conservative play calling of what should be an explosive offense came to roost. From waving the white flag at halftime to running on 3rd and 7 with a chance to put the game away to waiting 8 seconds to clock the ball, this game had all the fuel needed to light Zimmer’s hot seat on fire.
And yet, the 1990’s ball worked out in the end for the Vikings on the leg of their rookie kicker. With little to celebrate about beating the 0-5 punching bag of the division, Vikings fans were once again shocked to see what one of their cornerbacks had to say after a victory. No it wasn’t Cam Dantzler complaining about his lack of playing time, rather it was his covid-replacement and oft-criticized Bashaud Breeland bringing the negativity to Twitter. Breeland tweeted out obscenities to the fanbase he so evidently despises.
Don’t get me wrong I love athletes having a chip on their shoulder. I even loved Breeland’s retort earlier this week where he ranked Chris Tomasson as 101st out of 101 media members covering the team. But this was a wholly unnecessary jab at the fans and it certainly shouldn’t sit well with the organization. The unsatisfying win is enough for the Vikings to have to deal with, they shouldn’t have to focus any energy on one of their poorest performing players tweeting obscenities.