4 biggest problems the Vikings must fix before Week 2 vs. the Eagles

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Stopping the run

When the final whistle blew in Week 1, the Vikings wound up holding the Packers to just seven points. This was a great accomplishment for Minnesota’s defense, especially since they allowed an average of 34 points to Green Bay in each of their two matchups against them last season.

However, a familiar weakness of the Vikings still made an appearance last Sunday, and that would be their struggle to stop the opposing offense’s rushing attack.

After ranking 29th in the NFL in 2021 in rushing yards allowed per attempt, Minnesota let the Packers rush for 6.2 yards per carry in their Week 1 contest. Only four teams allowed a higher average per rush than the Vikings last week.

This seems especially significant for Minnesota heading into their second game of the season since their opponent, the Eagles, is coming off a performance where they gained a total of 216 rushing yards while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Oh, by the way, Philadelphia also had the best rushing offense in the NFL last season. So if Monday night’s matchup is more competitive than the Vikings’ Week 1 game, their run-stopping struggles could end up costing them a win.