Defense looks good, but they’re not elite yet
During each of the Vikings’ six games this season, the defense has had moments where they look like the best unit in the NFL. But there have also been a number of times this year where Minnesota’s defenders have made some head-scratching mistakes.
On the Eagles’ first three offensive drives this week, they averaged just 3.7 yards per play and only put three points up on the scoreboard. During this time, the Vikings were able to march out to a 24-3 lead.
Maybe Minnesota’s defense was feeling a little too comfortable with such a large lead because they proceeded to let Philadelphia score 17 unanswered-points and pull within four of the Vikings. Minnesota can’t blame these scoring drives on short field positioning either, as both of the Eagles’ touchdowns came on drives that saw them move the ball 75 yards down the field.
The Vikings’ defense got off to a terrible start in Week 2 and it ended up costing them a win against the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota got the victory on Sunday, but their defense definitely made getting the win much more difficult than it probably should have been.
Moving forward, the Vikings’ defense has to figure out how to stay consistent for an entire game before it becomes an incurable problem.