Minnesota’s run defense
It isn’t normal to include an entire group of Vikings on this list, but when the game is as complete a victory as it was sometimes exceptions need to be made. But Minnesota’s run defense as a whole was a little underwhelming.
The Packers have one of the best tandems at running back in the league with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Those two pack a punch, and while they didn’t get a ton of work as Green Bay fell behind pretty quickly in this one, they were definitely effective.
The Packers rushed for over 110 yards. That isn’t the concern though, the issue is that they averaged 6.2 yards per carry. That isn’t very good.
The Vikings have some big guys up front in Harrison Phillips and Davlin Tomlinson with two elite linebackers behind them in Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks. One would hope they’d be much more effective than they showed against the Packers.
Minnesota was likely more worried about Aaron Rodgers beating them through the air, but they have to get this run defense shored up before it becomes an issue. There’s no doubt that Ed Donnatell will fix it, but for the first week, it was a disappointing factor for the Vikings.