Mike Zimmer Doubles Down on Controversial Fourth Down Play Call
The Minnesota Vikings suffered a heartbreaking Week 5 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, losing 27-26 after taking a 13-0 lead into half time.
The big story of the game was a controversial fourth-down play call from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, and he stands by the decision he made.
"I'd do it again," is a pretty strong statement from Zimmer and you can't blame him.
The Vikes were up five at the two-minute warning. They had the ball facing a fourth-and-1 from the Seattle 6-yard line. Rather than kicking a field goal to try to go up eight, they ran the ball with Alexander Mattison (who was in for the injured Dalvin Cook).
Mattison was stopped, and Russell Wilson worked his magic, leading the Seahawks on a game-winning drive.
A play-call like this is always going to be questioned if the team loses — that would have been the case whether Zimmer chose to kick or go for it.
Mattison had been running all over Seattle in that game, with 112 yards on 19 carries (5.9 per attempt) before he was stuffed. And no matter how well Wilson was playing, it's hard to fault a coach for trusting their defense to stop a potential 94-yard two-minute drill.
It really seems like the situation was a coin-flip — ESPN's win probability model projects just a 0.2% difference between the two decisions. It's hard to call either choice "wrong", and you love to Zimmer standing firm with his decision.
Of course, strong leadership only means so much when a team as talented as the Vikings opens the season by going 1-4.
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