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Jaren Hall will start at QB for the Vikings this week

Hall first saw action this season in Green Bay after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins went down with an Achilles injury at Lambeau Field.

Minnesota Vikings v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

On Thursday, Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell told the media that quarterback Jaren Hall would make the start this week against the Green Bay Packers. Once Hall makes the start, he will become the fourth quarterback to record multiple starts from under center for the 2023 Vikings — a team that’s had little to no luck at the position this year.

In the first matchup between the Packers and Vikings, preferred Minnesota starting quarterback Kirk Cousin tore his Achilles tendon — forcing Hall into the lineup for the final four passes of the game. The following week, Hall made the start against the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately, though, Hall only lasted six passes into the game before going down with a concussion.

In place of Hall, Joshua Dobbs was subbed into the lineup. After recording back-to-back wins, “the Passtronaut” was a hot name in the league...until it wasn’t. In the three weeks following those two wins, Dobbs recorded just two passing touchdowns to six interceptions and was promptly sent back to the bench.

Enter Nick Mullens. Over the last two weeks, with Dobbs completely inactive, Mullens has started for the Vikings — posting four passing touchdowns and six interceptions in back-to-back losses. Last week’s performance, a one-score loss where Mullens threw four interceptions, must have been the final straw for O’Connell.

And that brings us back to Hall, the 25-year-old rookie fifth-round pick who was selected a half-round behind the Packers’ Sean Clifford in last April’s draft. On the season, Hall has completed a total of eight passes on ten pass attempts. Good luck trying to pin down what type of a quarterback he is with just ten data points.

If Hall is going to have success against anyone in the NFL, though, it probably looks like the Joe Barry Packers. On Thursday, inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, who stated last week that he would no longer play through injury, had still not practiced this week. On top of that, star cornerback Jaire Alexander is suspended for a game for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Meanwhile, Barry’s defense looks like it’s completely fallen off the rails as quarterbacks Tommy DeVito, Baker Mayfield and Bryce Young have put up career performances against the green and gold in three straight weeks. If Hall lights up the Packers on Sunday Night Football, you can go ahead and write up that obituary on Barry’s career in Green Bay.