Vikings to start Jaren Hall at QB vs. Packers, benching Nick Mullens

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 Jaren Hall #16 of nan Minnesota Vikings calls a play astatine nan statement of scrimmage during nan first 4th of an NFL shot crippled against nan Atlanta Falcons astatine Mercedes-Benz Stadium connected November 5, 2023 successful Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

Rookie Jaren Hall will commencement for nan 2nd clip this play arsenic nan Minnesota Vikings will insert him into nan lineup alternatively of Nick Mullens for nan team’s captious Week 17 matchup pinch nan Green Bay Packers connected Sunday night. Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell announced nan displacement successful a Thursday news conference.

The determination moves Mullens to nan chair aft his erratic play during nan past 2 weeks arsenic nan Vikings’ starter. Mullens threw for 714 yards and 4 touchdowns successful Weeks 15 and 16, but he added six interceptions during that span arsenic Minnesota mislaid some games.

Hall, nan team’s 2023 fifth-round prime retired of BYU, started for nan Vikings successful Week 9 against nan Atlanta Falcons. He sustained a concussion during nan first quarter, though, allowing nan freshly acquired Josh Dobbs to play and propulsion disconnected an improbable win. Dobbs started nan adjacent 4 games pinch Minnesota going 2-2 successful that span. Mullens supplanted Dobbs arsenic nan starter successful Week 15.

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For Vikings, tanking for a amended draught prime is simply a much difficult proposition than it seems

Hall first saw action erstwhile he replaced Kirk Cousins successful nan lineup successful Week 8 aft Cousins suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. Hall has thrown for 101 yards successful 2 appearances this season.

The Vikings (7-8) person mislaid 4 of their past 5 games and person a 47 percent chance to make nan postseason if they hit nan Packers. Minnesota will person a 4 percent chance astatine nan playoffs if it loses successful Week 17.

Why they made this move

The Vikings judge nan chartless Hall gives nan squad a amended chance than nan known Dobbs and Mullens. Dobbs is knowledgeable and athletic, but O’Connell mislaid spot successful nan aftermath of aggregate turnovers. Mullens is knowledgeable and consenting to chuck nan shot down nan field, but he, too, turned nan shot complete frequently. The statistic has disappointment O’Connell each season.

Hall is not experienced, but astatine minimum, Minnesota does not cognize what he is. He was mostly meticulous successful assemblage astatine BYU, and he displayed a mates of flashes successful Week 9 against nan Atlanta Falcons. But this is O’Connell fundamentally saying: We want personification who will colour wrong nan lines, personification who will spell done his sounds and administer nan shot nan measurement nan discourtesy wants him to. There are nary guarantees. Rarely person nan Vikings been capable to tally nan shot effectively. This being nan case, overmuch of nan onus falls connected nan QB. That’s a batch to inquire for a rookie backmost connected Sunday nighttime successful an important rivalry game, whether that backmost is facing a protect coordinator for illustration Joe Barry aliases not. — Alec Lewis, Vikings hit reporter

Required reading

  • Justin Jefferson deserves amended aft carrying squad successful Vikings’ nonaccomplishment to Lions
  • NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Ravens return complete nan apical spot, positive an MVP for each team
  • NFL Week 17 picks against nan spread: Derek Carr, Saints soundlessness nan critics
  • NFL Week 17 playoff standings and projections: Which teams person champion chance to make postseason?

(Photo: Kevin Sabitus / Getty Images)

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