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

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Vikings WRs vs. Ravens pass defense

The Ravens rank in the bottom-10 in the NFL in passing yards allowed while also having a top-five run defense. If the Vikings have any path to victory, it is through the air with their deadly duo in the passing game. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are coming off a somewhat quiet week and will be hungry for more.

While Baltimore’s numbers in the passing game are not astoundingly bad, there are a few showings this season that give promise to the Vikings dicing up their secondary. The Ravens have allowed over 340 passing yards in four games this season and have allowed over 400 yards twice already.

Cincinnati and Las Vegas both exposed the Ravens by reaching the 400-yard mark while the Colts fell just short with 390 yards a few weeks back. Kirk Cousins has taken control of some games this season and this needs to be his next attempt.

Marlon Humphrey is a very good cornerback across the line of scrimmage but he has given up some big plays this season. With no Marcus Peters across from him, there are some holes to attack in the passing game. I would expect a huge bounce-back performance from Justin Jefferson.