3 things the Vikings need to improve heading into Week 14

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Pass Defense

The Vikings pass defense continues to be a huge issue for the team as the 2019 regular season approaches its end.

Xavier Rhodes just isn’t right and he is a major liability on every play. Even when he has good coverage this year, the receiver he’s following still ends up catching the football.

Rhodes was burnt badly by Seahawks receiver David Moore on a long touchdown in that disaster of a third quarter on Monday. The Minnesota corner then threw a tantrum on the sidelines and was in the face of many of his teammates, showing that his behavior, and not just his play, is becoming a problem.

Rhodes seemed to think he had safety help over the top during the play. But either way, it was going to be a big play, as he was clearly beaten right off the snap.

Mike Hughes is still having his issues as well. He does have some good plays mixed in with the bad though and with him, there is hope that in time he’ll figure it out.

With these guys struggling, it’s a little mind-boggling Mike Zimmer hasn’t made any changes. Holton Hill has been back from his suspension for a few weeks and he should be in game-shape by now.

Rhodes is a problem for the Vikings this season and opposing teams know it. They’ll continue to target the veteran corner this year and take advantage of his apparent regression as a player.

Rhodes’ poor play could be a big reason why Minnesota ends up not doing much in the playoffs or even misses them altogether. Why not give Hill more playing time and see if he can do better, because every Vikings fan knows that it really can’t get any worse.