The Vikings were officially eliminated from playoff contention during their 37-10 loss to the Packers in Week 17. Their loss, along with victories by the 49ers and Eagles, guaranteed they would miss the playoffs for the third time in recent years. four years.
As such, the Vikings’ Week 18 game against the Bears will only affect Minnesota’s position in the 2022 NFL Draft order. As such, some wondered if the Vikings would try to get a glimpse of the future in that contest for See what’s on your computer as it begins to recondition.
Specifically, many wondered if third-round rookie Kellen Mond would have a chance to start in Week 18. Mike Zimmer shut down that idea without hesitation.
“Not particularly,” Zimmer told reporters when asked if he wanted to “take a look at Mond” against the Bears.
“I see it every day,” Zimmer said.
That’s a pretty blunt answer from Zimmer, but it’s not too surprising either. Mond looked raw during the preseason when he completed just 55 percent of his passes (28 of 51) for 310 yards and an interception. He had 73 rushing yards on 13 attempts, but was inconsistent as a passer.
That’s part of the reason the Vikings chose veteran Sean Mannion over Mond as a starter against the Packers. They apparently didn’t think the rookie was ready to be trusted in a game where he had to win against a tough defense.
Mond played only one series against the Packers, which amounted to a triple and out. He completed 2 of 3 passes for 5 yards in his first NFL action, which came only during the second game of his career that he dressed for.
It’s also worth noting that Zimmer is in the hot seat in Minnesota after missing the playoffs again, so he may not have a good reason to look at the team’s future as a quarterback. As such, he seems more likely to return to Kirk Cousins in Week 18, provided the team’s best quarterback is free of the COVID protocol.