More good stuff
There isn’t a ton to complain about when it comes to the Vikings offense this week. The offense was able to not only get 325 passing yards but had 122 rushing yards against the league’s top run defense.
Here are some other good things to come out of Week 6 for the Minnesota Vikings:
- A fast start. Minnesota got things going early, taking their opening drive the distance for a nice touchdown from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen. Then, the defense stuffed the run of the Eagles three times, forcing a three-and-out. That is how you set the tone for a game.
- Know when to fold ’em. Mike Zimmer had a great challenge which resulted in a Vikings first down on the opening drive. Instead of using another challenge on a near-touchdown for Adam Thielen, he was patient and got the call right, saving a challenge for later.
- Getting everyone involved. Several players made big plays in this game that aren’t usually highlights. Bisi Johnson made a great catch going to the ground, Laquon Treadwell had a nice grab on the sideline to keep a drive alive, and Alexander Mattison led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 64 yards.
- Amazing linebacker play. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks combined for 20 tackles, three pass defenses, two tackles for a loss, and half a sack. When they are able to control their layer of the defense, it opens up the defensive line to get pressure and secondary to focus on coverage.
- Getting a hand on the football. Minnesota had an impressive eight pass defenses in the game, which is great considering the Vikings were only able to have two sacks on the day. Although there was some great pressure, the combination of forcing tough throws and solid coverage held the Eagles in check.
- Passing efficiency. Kirk Cousins was good again this week, converting 22 of his 29 pass attempts for 333 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, he only took one sack and had a rating of 138.4. His one interception can’t really be put on him either, since it should have been hauled in.