7 takeaways from the Vikings Week 3 win over the Raiders

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 22: Darren Waller #83 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball against Eric Wilson #50 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 34-14. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Defense still struggles with athletic tight ends

If there is one weakness of the Vikings’ very talented defense, it’s their inability to cover an opposing athletic tight end. Last season, Minnesota saw guys like George Kittle, Jimmy Graham, and Zach Ertz all finish with at least five catches and 90 receiving yards against them.

It hasn’t been a glaring issue, but it’s something that has been a problem for Minnesota in the past and it was once again on Sunday against the Raiders.

The Vikings did a very good job at stopping the majority of the players on Oakland’s offense this week. However, this group of guys that Minnesota contained did not include Raiders tight end Darren Waller.

Waller had himself a career performance on Sunday as he finished the afternoon with 13 catches for 134 yards. His 13 receptions are the most an opposing tight end has ever ended up with in a single game against the Vikings.

With matchups against Ertz, Evan Engram, Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, T.J. Hockenson remaining this year, Minnesota should probably work on improving their defense against these types of players before it grows into something that actually prevents them from winning games.