Who is to blame for the Vikings loss to the Chiefs in Week 9?
By Adam Patrick
Minnesota’s Offensive Line
On the final stat sheet, the Vikings only gave up one sack against the Chiefs. However, Minnesota’s offensive line had a pretty tough time keeping pressure out of Kirk Cousins’ face on Sunday.
Cousins had to force a bunch of throws and get the ball out of his hands quicker than he probably would have liked due to the pressure the Chiefs’ defensive line was putting on him all afternoon. Kansas City was able to rack up a total of 20 pressures on Sunday and a bunch of it was generated by their defensive line.
Cousins had to deal with pressure on 46 percent of his dropbacks against Kansas City and it’s pretty hard to be successful when faced with these circumstances. So the fact that the Vikings quarterback was still able to throw three touchdowns on Sunday is actually very impressive.
The Chiefs do have some talented pass rushers, but Minnesota’s offensive line still has to put a better performance out on the field than they did this week. The unit has shown a bunch of improvement this season, but Sunday’s game is a reminder that the Vikings’ group of blockers still can’t be trusted.
Blame Percentage: 15 Percent