In a fleeting moment last week, Joshua Dobbs found himself pinching his own disbelief. The excitement stemming from his remarkable debut with the Vikings had barely subsided when he entered an elevator in the team hotel. Inside, a gathering of the franchise’s former players, there for a weekend reunion, welcomed him with unexpected recognition. Dobbs was taken aback as they showered him with praise for his impact on the team and eagerly discussed the upcoming season.
Reflecting on the encounter, Dobbs expressed the significance of feeling that energy and acknowledgment from players who had far more experience and illustrious careers. He described it as a cool moment to absorb it all.
Continuing his impressive performance, Dobbs seamlessly carried the momentum into the game against the Saints on Sunday, contributing 312 offensive yards and two touchdowns to the Vikings’ 27-19 victory. Notably, Dobbs made NFL history by being the first player to achieve 400 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and zero interceptions in his first two games with the team, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Dobbs thrust into the starting role due to injuries to Kirk Cousins and Jaren Hall in consecutive weeks, joined the Vikings on October 31 as an emergency backup. Despite not having a single practice rep with the team, he dazzled with 224 offensive yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons.
Approaching the Saints game, Dobbs had the luxury of a full week to familiarize himself with the Vikings’ offense and game plan. The game plan called for more passing than anticipated, and Dobbs guided the team to a commanding 24-3 halftime lead. His stat line included 23 completions in 34 attempts for 268 yards, a 28-yard touchdown to tight end T.J. Hockenson, and 44 rushing yards on eight carries.
Coach Kevin O’Connell praised Dobbs for showcasing the value of mobility in overcoming the challenges posed by the absence of Kirk Cousins. O’Connell highlighted Dobbs’ exceptional preparation and dedication, noting that despite the circumstances of his previous week, Dobbs continued to immerse himself in the facility, enhancing his understanding of the team’s processes.
Dobbs, emphasizing the importance of staying focused, revealed that he dedicated himself to ensuring that his outstanding performance in Atlanta wasn’t overshadowed by history. He humorously remarked on his commitment, saying, “I’m not paid by the hour, so I have nowhere else to be.” However, he emphasized the need to move forward and deliver consistently, understanding that Sunday’s performance is what truly matters in Minnesota.