4 problems the Vikings need to fix during their bye week

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Run defense

One of the problem areas that is being overlooked regarding the Vikings is their inability to stop the run. Minnesota has performed fairly well during the Mike Zimmer era and this is something that will be hurting the head coach more than anyone.

The Vikings are giving up 127 yards-per-game on the ground through Week 6, which is a rise of 15.3 yards from the previous season. Much of this can be attributed to the team losing Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen in free agency earlier this year. Both were formidable presences on the line of scrimmage in Minnesota and they each achieved a considerable amount during their time with the franchise.

Danielle Hunter going on injured reserve with a neck issue has been another blow to the Vikings’ ability to stop the run this year. Their difficulties in the secondary might have gathered the most attention so far this season. But this is another key area that needs to improve considerably otherwise it is going to be a long end to the season.

The likes of Jaleel Johnson and Shamar Stephen have to do a better job of plugging the gaps from the defensive tackle spots. Games are often won in the trenches and it is no surprise that Minnesota’s struggles on both sides of the ball have been evident in this region.

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This is one area where they have the talent to make adjustments. Hopefully, this extra time to reflect and improve will make all the difference.