Two weeks of football are in the books. During those two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings were pushed around so badly that they were absolutely dominated in the time of possession for both games.
Not only did the Vikings only pick up five first downs through the air in the entire game, but they only managed three first downs on the ground. To put that in perspective, Minnesota gained four first downs from penalties, putting it on average with the team’s two offensive phases.
A team that is two for nine on third downs is very unlikely to win a football game, It’s even harder when the team as a whole only has 175 total yards of offense for the entire contest. But it wasn’t just the offense struggling.
The defense couldn’t stop the run of Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins, who combined for 141 yards on the ground on 35 carries with one touchdown. They ate up the clock and made it a long, long day for Minnesota, having the ball for 38:25 against only 21:35.