Contain Injuries, Irv Ease Back, Use of Cine

August 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

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Q: Will the Vikings be able to contain Jalen Hurts, a mobile quarterback, on Monday?

August 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Well, Hurts and the Eagles cleared Ed Donatell’s clock last year against the Denver Broncos, 30-13.

Not a good omen.

Under his watch in Denver, the Broncos lost to Hurts, Lamar Jackson, Taysom Hill, the 2019 version of Josh Allen and Jacoby Brissett. Donatell doesn’t have a stellar history against quarterbacks.

Hurts will likely do his thing against the Vikings. It will depend on how Minnesota’s offense responds – and if that’s enough.

Q: Do you think Irv Smith is gradually returning to acting?

October 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports.

A: No.

His thumb should be fine now. The Vikings told the world that Johnny Mundt was a better ploy against the Packers last weekend. People have to face the reality that a Kevin O’Connell infraction doesn’t require a big TE name to check off.

Smith will likely find his groove soon, but O’Connell’s Los Angeles Rams won a Super Bowl with Tyler Higbee and the aforementioned Mundt as TE1 and TE2.

Using a Travis Kelce type tight end is not a requirement.

Q: How do you think the Vikings will use Lewis Cine on Monday, and how much?

July 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine (6) performs a drill at the TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn – USA TODAY Sports

A: Cine should get a handful of shots on defense and even more on special teams.

Camryn Bynum is still the starter against Harrison Smith, so Cine can be worked slowly and not rushed. Cine drafted an afterlife plan for Harrison Smith. All he can do for the 2022 Vikings is gravy.

It’ll be neat to see its debut, though.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).



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