Minnesota’s defense did not improve during the bye
Something that very few saw coming this season from the Vikings has been the poor play of their defense. Heading into Monday, Minnesota had given up at least 375 yards to their opponents in five of their previous six games and Mike Zimmer knew he had some work to do during the bye if the unit was going to get any better.
Well, in their first matchup since their bye week, the Vikings’ defense didn’t look like anything had improved. Minnesota let the Seahawks finish with 37 points and 444 total yards on Monday, including 218 yards on the ground.
It was arguably the Vikings’ worst defensive performance of the year and there doesn’t seem to be much hope for improvement before the end of the season.
Now, does Seattle have a talented offense that is one of the best in the NFL this year from a total yards perspective? Yes, but Minnesota’s defense has recently given up more than 375 total yards to an underwhelming Denver Broncos offense and a Kansas City Chiefs team without Patrick Mahomes.
Most felt that the Vikings’ defense was the most reliable part of the team before the 2019 season began. But as Minnesota approaches their final four games, the unit might actually be one of the weakest aspects of the team.