4 problems the Vikings need to fix during their bye week

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
2 of 5
Minnesota Vikings
(Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Dakota Dozier /

Interior protection

The interior offensive line of the Vikings is a mess this season. They came into the 2020 campaign with plenty of questions surrounding their ability to produce the goods and if anything, they have been even worse than originally feared.

Pat Elflein hasn’t been involved much due to injury. But considering how woeful his level of play has been in recent seasons, that might be a blessing in disguise in the grand scheme of things.

Those who have stepped in to fill the void have been less than stellar, to put it mildly. Dru Samia has been so porous on the line of scrimmage that he’s earned one of the NFL’s lowest grades from Pro Football Focus this year and Dakota Dozier hasn’t exactly set the world on fire over on the other side.

Minnesota center Garrett Bradbury has been hit or miss, which is not exactly what the team hoped for when they selected him with their first-round in 2019.

Put all these factors into consideration and it is not hard to see why this group has become a real weak link for a Vikings offense that has gone through its fair share of problems.

Just how much this current group can adjust in such a short space of time before their Week 8 game at the Green Bay Packers is unclear. Minnesota might just have to ride out the storm with what they have and look to significantly bolster their options in free agency next year or in the 2021 NFL Draft.