2 favorable matchups for the Vikings in Week 9 vs. the Ravens

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Will the Minnesota Vikings bounce back against the Ravens in Week 9?

A week after losing at home to Cooper Rush and the Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings will have another tough test when they meet Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. As a team that has struggled to defend the run, Baltimore’s offense is going to be a problem for Mike Zimmer.

The loss to Dallas on Sunday Night Football was borderline inexcusable considering Dak Prescott was held out with an injury. Minnesota could not keep the offense on track, largely because of their lack of trust in pushing the ball down the field, as they scored just 16 points at home. That has to change against a reeling Ravens defense.

Justin Jefferson was a no-show in Week 8. He had a slight miscommunication with Kirk Cousins that resulted in an incompletion which otherwise would have been a huge gain and possibly a touchdown. From there, nothing came his way in the passing game and he finished the night with just two catches for 21 yards.

Week 9 has to be better for everyone on the offense but none more than Kirk Cousins. Cousins has been solid all season but a few underwhelming performances have fans begging for more from their highly-paid quarterback.

Dalvin Cook also needs to be more involved in the offense if he wants to live up to the salary that he was given.

Which matchups favor the Vikings when they travel to Baltimore in Week 9?