Minnesota Vikings focused on ball security this week


The Minnesota Vikings may have rebounded against the Detroit Lions last week, but there is still at least one part of the team’s game that needs improvement.

During the course of the game against the Lions, the Vikings had a bad habit of coughing up the football.  Specifically, Adrian Peterson found himself losing the football three times during the contest.

In a recent article on Vikings.com, offensive coordinator Norv Turner spoke about what he focused on before the game against Detroit, and sadly that advice didn’t help Minnesota.

"“The number one thing that I talked about before the game was eliminating the negative plays, particularly unforced errors,” Turner said. “The other thing we talked about was converting third downs. We were able to do those things, so we were able to get in a rhythm.”"

Nov 30, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner meets with people before the game with the Carolina Panthers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to complain with the result of last week’s game.  Any time you can walk away with a win against a division opponent, you have to be pleased.  But if the Minnesota Vikings want to continue winning, they’ll need to correct their errors and improve each and every week.

The article on Vikings.com explained that the team will be working on ball security drills, to benefit both the team’s offense and defense.

"“Asked on Wednesday if he was going to ask his defensive players to make a point to poke at the football in practice so the offensive players were forced to work on their ball security, Zimmer rather matter-of-factly said: ‘Yeah, we’re going to make sure we do that.’”"

You can catch the Minnesota Vikings when they take on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, September 27, 2015.   Hopefully, the Vikings do a better job with taking care of the football and can walk away with another victory over a tough opponent.

**Updated 9/26/15 to correct an incorrect statistic. I had stated Teddy Bridgewater threw an interception in the Lions game when he did not.  I apologize for the error.

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