4 ways the Vikings can avoid complacency in Week 2 at Eagles

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Things weren’t perfect in Week 1

It was a rousing win against a team expected to be among the postseason challenges in Week 1. But anyone thinking it was a flawless performance by the Minnesota Vikings is kidding themselves.

There are still some problems that need resolving. This was always going to be a period of transition with the new coaches, so keeping the same mindset and getting a little better each week remains the primary objective.

The pass-blocking from the interior was a concern on occasion. Minnesota also found life a little difficult stopping the run, which comes as no surprise when one considers the Packers have a dynamic tandem in Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

Another potential complication is the lack of scoring efficiency in the second half. If the Vikings want to be considered among the leading Super Bowl contenders, then converting more third downs would also help enormously.

Even with these issues, there is a lot to work with where the Vikings are concerned. But Kevin O’Connell cannot afford anything other than 100 percent commitment from his players and there is no room for passengers after so much underachievement in Mike Zimmer’s final seasons.