Our beloved Purple drop the season opener to the Chargers by the count of 17-24. The Vikings pulled the ole’ switch a roo. They seemingly had the offense going in the right direction going into Week 1 but it was the defense that looked ahead of the offense.
The defense looked better than most anticipated it would. D Coordinator Pagac put a lot of pressure on his linebackers and corners today and for the most part they held up. The Vikings got good pressure on Rivers for most of the afternoon but they could never quite get to Mr. Rivers. I have to think that will change when Kevin Williams returns to the starting 11.
The Chargers touted the #1 offense and #1 defense from a year ago. The Vikings work in progress offense struggled to find any rhythm against the Bolts’ D. AD ran like the 100 million dollar man and against a top defensive unit. Musgrave did not commit to running much play action and then again he didn’t seemingly commit to much of anything on offense. The starting 11 on O held the ball for only 22 minutes and some change.
The good news is the defense looks like an NFL D that will only get better when 93 returns. The offense spent most of the time, anemic as it was, looking for an identity. Which is surprising given that you have 28 in the backfield. Beyond that, I told you that you could put some jack down on the Vikes to cover and they did.
We will continue to break this down through the week so check back as your favorite TVA writers react.
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