Stopping the run is still a major problem
It appears the Vikings will spend yet another season trying to figure out how to stop the run and contain mobile quarterbacks. The Packers rushed for 111 yards and racked up 6.2 yards per rush last week while the Eagles scampered for 163 yards on the ground in Week 2.
Jalen Hurts made the most of his legs both as a runner and in the passing game. Minnesota had no answer for Philly’s rushing attack all night which was a factor in the lopsided time-of-possession totals. That has to be cleaned up, or else this is going to be a long season.
This has plagued the Vikings for years now. If they cannot contain the run, the defense is just going to wear down and give up chunk play after chunk play. That also makes life easier for quarterbacks pushing the ball down the field and will overload the tasks of their young secondary.
Detroit comes to town next week with one of the best – if not the best – rushing attacks in the NFL through two weeks. The Vikings could be in for a disastrous outing if they play like they did against the Eagles.
The worst is out of the way. Let’s just hope Kevin O’Connell makes the right adjustments moving forward.