4 problems the Minnesota Vikings must fix during 2022 bye week

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Pass defense

The Minnesota Vikings’ defense has shown some weakness in 2022. Things aren’t nearly as bad as some inept production last season, but Kevin O’Connell can ill afford this unit regressing further if they want to live up to some increased expectations following their outstanding opening to the campaign.

Minnesota’s pass defense is a concern. Although one has to consider the fact most teams have been airing it out plenty to compensate for heavy deficits later in games.

With that being said, the Vikings have to find better ways to counteract this. They are currently giving up 272 passing yards per game – ranked No. 29 league-wide – which isn’t going to serve them well in the face of elite attacks during the postseason.

Fortunately for the Vikings, there is plenty of time to sort this out. The talent is there from a personnel standpoint, even if losing first-round safety Lewis Cine for the entire campaign represents a blow.

Experienced figures such as Patrick Peterson and Harrison Smith will be crucial to these improvements. Minnesota has real momentum through six weeks, it’s just finding better consistency that remains an issue within Ed Donatell’s new scheme.

Again, this is fixable. And there has been far more good than bad where the Vikings are concerned in 2022.

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