Ifeadi Odenigbo – DE
The Vikings pass rush has been anemic through the first three games. A major reason for that is the complete absence of pressure from the left side.
Ifeadi Odenigbo has basically been non-existent in the pass rush department. On the season, he has zero sacks and not even a single quarterback pressure. The lack of stats for this young pass rusher is extremely surprising coming off the season he had in 2019.
Odenigbo broke out last year with seven sacks and he played like a man possessed. He was a fixture in opponents’ backfields and he was expected to break out this year with an increased amount of snaps.
For whatever reason, this hasn’t happened yet for Odenigbo. Perhaps it’s because he struggles playing an increased number of snaps or maybe teams are studying tape on him and figuring out a way to neutralize him. It’s disappointing to say, but Odenigbo’s brief tenure as a starter has been a major disappointment so far.
This was evident in the game against the Titans. Odenigbo wasn’t able to beat his man and he eventually got hurt. He did come back, but he struggled to provide a consistent pass rush.
The result was that Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill had time to scan his options and find his open receiver streaking down the field. These big plays allowed the Titans to get back into the contest and the lack of pass rush generated by Odenigbo was a clear result of it.