#4. The Vikings OL can hold up.
Week 6 found the Vikings without starting left guard Nick Easton, but the offensive line was still able to protect well enough to give a quarterback time as well as create some holes in the running game.
The offensive line was far from perfect in this game. Even though they didn’t give up a sack all game, some credit for that stat has to go to the mobility of Case Keenum, who often rolled away from pressure.
But the line doesn’t need to be perfect. Heck, they don’t even need to be great. They just need to be solid. The money the team has invested in the tackles, the draft pick on the center, and the guys completing the line at guard have come together to be decent enough to give the offense a fighting chance.
Pro Football Focus may have the Vikings line as a below average unit, but they’re head and shoulders better than what the team has been working with recently. And their efforts are a big reason why the team can succeed without its top quarterback, running back, and wide receiver.