Eliminating Drops and Fumbles
The Vikings were very good offensively last week against the Eagles. They moved the ball extremely well through the air and Stefon Diggs had a huge game as he hauled in three Kirk Cousins touchdown passes.
On the ground, things were a bit tougher, but Minnesota was still able to get over the 100-yard mark rushing the football. Overall, last week was arguably the team’s best offensive showing of the 2019 season.
As good as this performance was there were still a couple of sour notes to it. The first was Diggs’ drops. After dropping a few balls against the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears earlier this season, Diggs did it again a couple of times last week.
One was a perfectly placed pass by Cousins that should’ve gone for a first down. But instead, it bounced off Diggs’ outstretched mitts and went right into the hands of Philadelphia safety Andrew Sendejo for an easy interception.
The other drops Diggs had was just a result of him trying to run before he caught the football and the ball went off his chest and down to the turf.
This is an odd development for Diggs, as he usually catches everything thrown his way. This season though, he hasn’t been nearly as sure-handed and maybe that has been part of his frustrations.
He has to clean this up, as the Vikings will be in some close games and they can’t have would-be-receptions turn into interceptions due to a lack of focus.
Another issue with Minnesota that arose again in Week 6 was fumbling. Rookie running back Alexander Mattison fumbled in the red zone as the Vikings were looking to close out the football game and that cannot happen.
Part of his role with the team is to be the power back, grind out tough yards, and move the chains at the ends of games to milk time off the clock. Ball protection has to be the number one priority on his mind.
This is something Mattison will need to learn from and realize in that situation, it is better to go down with the football rather than fight for extra yardage and lose it.