Who is to blame for the Vikings loss to the Chiefs in Week 9?
By Adam Patrick
During Mike Zimmer’s tenure as the Vikings’ head coach, the team’s secondary has typically been the strongest part of the defense. This season, however, Minnesota has seen a bit of a regression in the performance of their defensive backfield, especially with their cornerbacks, and it was on full display against the Chiefs.
The Vikings had no answer for speedy Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill who ended his day with a season-high 140 yards and one touchdown on six catches. Trae Waynes was tasked with covering Hill for most of the afternoon and the Minnesota corner delivered an awful performance.
Waynes, who has 4.3 speed himself, was beat downfield several times by the explosive Chiefs receiver and it had a huge impact on the outcome of Sunday’s game.
In addition to Waynes’ terrible afternoon, a mistake by the Vikings safeties in Kansas City resulted in a gigantic, momentum-changing play.
Pinned on their own 9-yard line in the middle of the third quarter, Chiefs running back Damien Williams took a carry up the middle and proceeded to run 91 yards down the field for a touchdown. Both Minnesota safeties Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris has opportunities to try and prevent Williams from breaking free, but neither were able to stop the big play from happening.
Definitely not a game Zimmer will be happy with from a position group that actually might be the weakest part of the Vikings’ defense in 2019.
Blame Percentage: 25 Percent