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

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Converting on third down

As a whole, the Vikings’ offense had a good performance in their Week 1 win over the Packers. Minnesota ended the matchup with 23 points and 395 total yards. Very respectable numbers for the Vikings in the regular-season debut of new head coach and offensive play-caller Kevin O’Connell.

If there was one thing for Minnesota to improve upon though heading into their next game, it would definitely be their third-down conversion rate.

Against Green Bay last weekend, the Vikings only gained a first down on four of the 13 third downs they faced in the contest, which ranked 24th in the NFL. Before the fourth quarter, Minnesota was only 2-for-10 on third downs in the game.

This ended up being fine for the Vikings as they made plays on other downs, but this is certainly something that cannot continue for the rest of the season if they want to contend in the NFC.

Luckily for Minnesota, their next opponent, the Eagles, is coming off a Week 1 game where their defense allowed their opponent to convert 64.3 percent of their third downs into first downs (9-for-14), the third-worst percentage in the league last week.