Which Vikings players need to step up to get a win in Week 2?

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Eric Wilson
(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Eric Wilson /

Who needs to step up for the Minnesota Vikings to clinch a victory in Week 2?

Alright, the first loss for the Minnesota Vikings is out of the way. Now it’s time to look ahead to Week 2 and see if the Vikings can bounce back from an embarrassing defensive performance against their hated rivals, the Green Bay Packers.

Minnesota heads out on the road this week to take on the Indianapolis Colts, who also had an embarrassing loss to open the season to a team that was supposed to be a much more inferior divisional opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Both the Colts and the Vikings were hoping to have better performances in Week 1 and they will be looking to redeem themselves on Sunday.

Who do the Minnesota Vikings need to step up on Sunday to get a win?

Minnesota needs to dig deep and find a way to stop the Indianapolis offense this week. The Vikings defense allowed far too many easy completions and struggled to cover either of the top-three receivers against the Packers in Week 1.

Minnesota’s defensive backs

The Colts have much more depth at wide receiver compared to Green Bay. With T.Y. Hilton being the top target, second-year receiver Parris Campbell and rookie Michael Pittman Jr. could cause problems for the Vikings young secondary.

With a big game already under their belt, it’s time for Minnesota’s defensive backs to quickly put last week behind them and correct their rookie mistakes. Philip Rivers is another veteran quarterback that the Vikings are going to have to try and slow down through the air on Sunday against Indianapolis.

Eric Wilson

It was a tough showing for Wilson last week against the Packers. After a game like that, it’s going to come into question whether he sees the field in the matchup with the Colts as much as he did last week.

Wilson plays WILL linebacker for Mike Zimmer‘s defense, he typically comes in on sub-packages and some passing downs. His pass-coverage needs to be tightened up over the middle this week. His zone-drops need to improve and he needs to be better at not getting sucked in by play action.

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Veteran quarterbacks, like Aaron Rodgers, can manipulate coverages with their eyes and this is something that Wilson got beat badly on last week. He can’t let Rivers play him like that on Sunday.