One thing that wasn’t very good in this game was the deep ball coverage. Considering the secondary is so young and Harrison Smith was ejected from the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit, Watson was bound to test the defensive backs often.
Several players had big plays through the air against the Vikings defense. Watson only completed 20 passes on the day but accumulated 300 yards, meaning his average completion went for 15 yards.
Most of that damage was done by Will Fuller, who hauled in six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. However, Jordan Akins, Kenny Stills, and Randall Cobb all had plays go for over 20 yards as well.
If the Minnesota Vikings want to compete with the best teams in the NFL, they will need to limit those bigger plays. That all starts with keeping the pass rush strong and the coverage tight, two things the team needs to do more consistently.