Thielen added they need to play with an “attacking mindset” as an offense.
“We’ve talked about it, but until you’re in the game and you do it, that’s credit to the offensive coaching staff, the defensive coaching staff,” Thielen said. “That’s a credit to these coaches – that mentality of, ‘I don’t care what the score is, the situation. We’re gonna be smart, but we’re gonna attack.’ “
O’Connell’s plan throughout training camp was broken down into five phases, and he was proud of how ready his team was going into Sunday.
“I credit our leadership, our coaches,” O’Connell said. “Cannot stress enough how blessed I am to have the group I have around me, and a lot, lot of people that help not only make decisions in the best interest of our team, but our players and leadership, putting or culture and our football philosophy on display today.”
As the Vikings move forward, O’Connell said while playing with a lot of pace on offense is fun, it has to be on their own terms.
“We’re going to attack on our terms, and you do that because of your efficiency. Because you don’t have penalties. You play a clean game. Our terms can mean a lot of things and that was a really, really good defense and we’re going to see them again,” O’Connell said. “What I give our guys credit doing, especially offensively in this game, was just on to the next, on to the next. How many times can all 11 line up and do their job, whether it was huddle call, tempo, situational? We’ve got a lot to correct, but I’m really, really proud of our group.”