Both the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos are running heaters right now, intent on coming back from seasons that started out very poorly. And so far they have succeeded.
The Vikings started the season dismally 0-3, bottoming out at 1-4 against the Chiefs before starting their climb. Since then they’ve won five straight games, and in the process they’ve absorbed and overcome one of the worst losses a team can face: a season-ending injury to their quarterback. Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles tendon against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8, then backup Jarren Hall suffered a concussion during the start of Week 9.
Enter Josh Dobbs, Minnesota’s savior. He was acquired to back up Hall just days before the Week 9 contest against the Falcons, and led them to a win despite literally learning the plays on the sideline before replacing Hall. The Dobbs then proceeded to play against the New Orleans Saints the following week, raising their streak to five.
The Broncos have a slightly smaller three-game winning streak on the line, but they will defend it fiercely. After a truly putrid 2022 season, no one was surprised when Denver was 1-5 through its first six games. But against a less-than-stellar Packers team in Week 7, they pulled out a 19-17 win. The next week they completely stunned the Chiefs by a score of 24-9, then pulled off a Week 10 win over the Bills on a field goal. The Broncos sure felt great this week, and they deserve it.
But neither winning streak would survive the night. It’s the magic of Vikings’ Josh Dobbs vs. Broncos running back. One team will go home happy, the other team will go home.
Follow along as Yahoo Sports delivers the latest news, scores and updates as the Vikings and Broncos face off on Sunday Night Football.
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