Defense has some tightening up to do
Under Mike Zimmer, defense has always been the strongest part of the Vikings’ roster. This will likely be the case again in 2019, but they have to fix a few things first before they are able to re-emerge as one of the NFL’s top units.
During Sunday’s game, there were a number of instances where Seahawks players were able to gain a big chunk of yards on a single play. Minnesota’s first-team defense allowed Seattle’s top offensive unit to complete three passes of at least 15 yards, including a 33-yard toss in the second quarter.
After the matchup, Zimmer said that the Vikings, “had a couple of busted coverages that (they) need to fix.” He also added that this confusion in the defense on Sunday is not something that has typically happened in the past.
Is it enough to worry about? Probably not, but like Zimmer said, it needs to be fixed. Outside of these few big plays, Minnesota’s defense still showed flashes of why they have been consistently among the league’s best over the last few years.