For the second time in his five years with the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins watched the game from his living room.
Cousins was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered a week ago and received a source of support throughout the week. On Sunday, his teammates wore T-shirts to pay homage to their captain – a gesture they followed up with an improbable victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Vikings’ fourth quarterback, Josh Dobbs, who arrived after Wednesday’s trade deadline, led the offense to a 31-28 comeback on Sunday without Justin Jefferson, KJ Osborn, Christian Darrisaw and Cam Akers.
“What a victory, I love courage,” Cousins wrote on his post Instagram story.
His wife, Julie, expressed excitement about Sunday’s victory for Dobbs, who grew up near them in the Atlanta area.
“Stollen! “Dobbs attended one of my rival high schools.” Julie wrote. “How much fun it was for him to win in his hometown. Let’s go!”
Warren Moon, Cris Carter, Vikings Legends praise Josh Dobbs
Several Vikings greats praised Dobbs for his handling of being thrown into the game after Jaren Hall was placed in the protocol with a concussion in the first quarter.
Warren Moon Posted on X (formerly Twitter): “Very impressed with (Dobbs) leading the Vikings to a comeback win over Atlanta after only five days in Minn.” Amazing understanding and effort today! Proud of you!”
Dobbs shared the post with the fist bump emoji and the caption “#Respect” for the former Vikings quarterback.
“Insane respect for Josh Dobbs” Cris Carter wrote. “What he did today is hard to understand unless you’ve been in the NFL.”
Jake Reed acknowledged the quick turnaround Dobbs faced on Sunday and offered an optimistic message for the weeks ahead: “Great job, Dobbs! We can build on that! #SKOL.”
“So inspired by this Vikings team’s fight in the face of adversity” Carl Eller wrote about X. “Dobbs is impressive!”
Osborn, who was ruled out of Sunday’s game after taking a hit that gave him a concussion, waited outside the locker room to greet his teammates after their win.
Dobbs, having fun after his first win as a Viking, playfully introduced himself to the fan base just five days before the Arizona Cardinals traded him to the Vikings.
Former Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph It’s best to say it Now that the fan base has given Dobbs a face: “You better get that Joshua Dobbs jersey at the @Vikings Team Store!”
More scenes from Josh Dobbs’ first win with the Vikings
What happened Sunday is a rarity in the NFL, as few quarterbacks have ever played for two different teams in consecutive weeks.
The adjustment period in which you learn a new offense, its vocabulary, the calls and your teammates takes months, if not years, to fully master.
While Dobbs gets most of the credit for his performance on Sunday, it was arguably one of the team’s biggest wins in recent memory.
The moment the team realized Dobbs was coming into the game, the offensive line crowded around him and practiced their five cadences with him for the first time.
“I can’t give enough credit to a guy like Garrett Bradbury up there,” O’Connell said in his commentary Press conference after the game. “Just to solidify the mindset and understand that it might not sound the same, you know some of the huddle calls might sound a little different. But Garrett, when I told him, ‘You’re my man to do it right today,’ and he did it over and over again.”
Incredible stories from the Vikings locker room today/ Josh Dobbs couldn’t make a single effort with the offense in practice. No snaps of Garrett Btadbury. “Never thrown passes to anyone (including Brandon Powell, who caught the game-winning touchdown).” ESPN’s Kevin Seifert said. “I didn’t even know most of their full names. “That’s for next week,” (Dobbs) said.
Dobbs revealed after the game that O’Connell translated the offensive play calls in the middle of the huddle while the game clock was ticking down.
“KOC called Dobbs’ ability to handle anything one of the most impressive things he’s seen in his career.” The Athletic’s Alec Lewis reported.
The stories will continue to come out of the Vikings organization this week when it comes to winning where everyone deserves a game ball.
“I don’t know if I had a hand in anything like that,” O’Connell said. “If you think about all the things you talk about every day in your company, this is a big deal. That people are important. This culture is important. If we’re going to build the kind of football team we want to have, you know what’s inside every single guy in that locker room and how they feel about each other. These are the days that solidify why you believe in what you believe as a coach and honestly, this day will stay with me for a long time.”
Trevor Squire is a sports journalist who covers the Minnesota Vikings for Heavy.com. Trevor studied journalism at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and worked at the Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @trevordsquire. More about Trevor Squire
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