Purple Rumor Mill
VikingsTerritory’s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the October 15th edition.
Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.
Rumor: The Vikings may trade for New York Jets WR Denzel Mims.
This is really just an idea or talking point from Bleacher Report. On BR‘s NFL trade big board, the Vikings and Bears are listed as apropos teams to enter the Mims sweepstakes.
It is unlikely to materialize as the Vikings draft capital for 2023 is already skimpy. If Kwesi Adofo-Mensah wanted the benched Jets playmaker, he’d have to convince New York to accept a 5th-Rounder or dip into his 2024 satchel of draft picks.
The Vikings already have mouths to feed on offense, including Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, K.J. Osborn, Jalen Reagor, Alexander Mattison, and Irv Smith. They don’t really need more firepower at the moment.
Mims to Minnesota is a longshot.
Rumor: Brian Asamoah will begin making an impact on Vikings defense.
Kevin O’Connell forecasted this week that ‘now is the time’ for Asamoah to acclimate within the Vikings defense. Before the win over the Bears, Asamoah only played special teams. But against Chicago, Asamoah experienced his first defensive action of the season, seeing the field for six defensive snaps.
And then this week, O’Connell told reporters, “We’ve got E.K. (Eric Kendricks) and Jordan [Hicks] who have played really well, but we want to be able to mix Brian in there. It’s a long season.”
There’s no reason to believe O’Connell is fibbing, so let the Asamoah era begin.
Purple Rumor Mill (cont.)
Rumor: The Vikings are frontrunners — over the Packers — to win the NFC North.
According to Vegas sportsbooks and FiveThirtyEight, this is true. Oddsmakers believe the Vikings will win the division for the first time since 2017. The Packers have won the thing for three consecutive seasons.
Minnesota temporarily holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Green Bay — the Vikings beat the Packers 24-7 in Week 1 — and Aaron Rodgers and Co. lost in London last weekend.
Therefore, the Vikings have to lose two games while the Packers win two for Green Bay to regain his crown. That’s certainly not impossible, but the Vikings are in an advantageous spot right now.
These are the NFC North odds as of October 14th:
Minnesota Vikings = -125
Green Bay Packers = +105
Detroit Lions = +4000
Chicago Bears = +8000
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).