In my preseason review I brought up keys to the season and here is how we fared in those categories:
The QB situation – Grade: C
Shaun Hill came in as the starter and did what was expected of him. He made no mistakes, pardon a couple of errant throws, kept possession of the ball but was unable to capitalize on the fact that the Titans defense loaded the box for the majority of the first 3 quarters. The Titans stood firm defending the run and left a lot open in the secondary. It was depressing to me that the Vikings had Laquon Treadwell active but he wasn’t utilized. He would have given Hill a big body receiver and would have had many good looks but that was something the Vikings left on the table.
The O-Line performance – Grade: B+
Even with the Titans stacking the box the offensive line held true to form and kept Hill on his feet for the whole game. It was a very strong showing, they minimized pre-snap penalties and had a very strong game. It was a tall task trying to open holes in a running game that never materialized, but without the consistent passing attack required to back defenders off the line I would have to say that they were a huge strength and will need to continue to perform at that high of a level until a passing attack is established.
Next: The run game and pass defense