5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Chargers – Week 10

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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings /

Kirk Cousins will be held under 200 yards passing

One of the biggest frustrations with the Vikings’ offense has been the deterioration of the passing attack. Despite having Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson on the roster, Kirk Cousins has averaged 185.5 yards passing over the past two games.

After Thielen vented some of his frustration to the media, it would be a good time for the squeaky wheel to get some grease. But with the way the Chargers play defense, it might just not happen.

Los Angeles plays a Cover 2 shell that drops the safeties back and prevents big plays down the field. While that’s left them susceptible to the run, it’s taken away the passing attack, helping the Chargers rank second in passing yards allowed.

Even when Cousins has been successful, he’s often lamented about how teams drop two safeties back or bracket a wide receiver. That’s led to more targets for C.J. Ham and Tyler Conklin and it could be more of the same come Sunday.