The Immovable Object
The defense has been the backbone of the Vikings since head coach Mike Zimmer took over and in 2018, they’ve inconsistent but steadily improving. After starting the season by getting shredded by Josh Allen and Jared Goff, Minnesota has stabilized having notable performances against Drew Brees (120 passing yards) and Russell Wilson (72 yards).
On the flipside, the Ravens also had a defense that ranked similarly to the Vikings. While Minnesota currently ranks 11th in points allowed, but fifth in total yardage, the Ravens were 12th in yards and 17th in total offense.
The Ravens were fueled by Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis’ last ride, but the Minnesota Vikings shouldn’t need such a narrative to succeed. With a defensive line that has lived up to its billing (We’re looking at you, Danielle Hunter.), it will be up for the linebackers (Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks) and the banged up secondary to find its swagger from a year ago.