7 takeaways from the Vikings Week 7 win over the Lions

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Vikings offensive line is coming together

After letting Kirk Cousins get sacked 40 times last year, Minnesota spent the offseason trying to improve the talent on their offensive line. They shifted Pat Elflein over from center to left guard, drafted Garrett Bradbury to be their new center, and signed free agent Josh Kline to be their right guard.

Things were a little rough to begin the season, but it seems like the Vikings’ new and improved offensive line is starting to put the right pieces together to be successful.

Minnesota’s run blocking has been fantastic all year long. It’s been the pass blocking that has been inconsistent for the Vikings’ offensive line this season.

But Minnesota’s blockers stepped up their play in a big way on Sunday against the Lions. Not only did the Vikings rush for 166 yards, but the offensive line only gave up one pressure to Detroit’s defense all game long.

Now, the Lions’ pass rush isn’t the most dangerous in the NFL this year. But Minnesota should still be happy with the time their offensive line gave Kirk Cousins to throw on Sunday.

The entire Vikings offense has taken a ton of steps in the right direction during the last three weeks and the improvement of the offensive line definitely has a lot to do with the unit’s recent success.