One of these weeks, Minnesota’s defense will click
And when it does, Vikings faithful hope that means it’s back and here to stay. The foremost oddity about the 2020 Minnesota Vikings is the defensive struggles that have been on display.
It was preordained that the group would play differently without Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackenzie Alexander, but most folks did not foresee the bunch as a deficient one. Why? Because the Vikings under Mike Zimmer have never finished lower 11th in the NFL in points allowed.
Through three games, Minnesota now ranks 31st in the league in points allowed. Only the Atlanta Falcons are worse.
No matter how many men are hurt or have gone to other teams, there is a mentality that Zimmer, at some point, will transform this group into a decent one. The Vikings haven’t been forcing the number of turnovers one would normally expect from a Zimmer-led team. As a result, Minnesota ranks 30th in the NFL in turnover differential.
Many strange defensive maladies beset the Vikings. Because of Zimmer’s documented track record, there is a decent chance the unit improves throughout 2020 rather than remaining stagnant. There are still 13 weeks for the youngsters to mature and for the whole team to jell.