4 biggest disappointments in Vikings loss to the Eagles in Week 2

Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine
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Disappointment No. 4

Minnesota not running the ball enough

There's no doubt that the Vikings are a passing team, but that doesn't mean you don't run the ball at all. That appeared to be the case last night, as Minnesota threw the ball 44 times and ran it just nine times.

Head coach Kevin O'Connell blamed the turnovers and the score as a big reason for that, but the Vikings refused to run the ball earlier in the game when the score was still close. There wasn't a ton of room for Alexander Mattison to find openings against a stiff Eagles' front seven, but he's the type of back who needs a lot of carries to wear down a defense and eventually bust a long one.

The Vikings will live or die by the pass this year, as they should. They are loaded at wide receiver and tight end, but the running game is a key component of winning teams' offenses.


While having that amount of talent at receiver is a luxury and an advantage, throwing it over and over again isn't a winning strategy.

Having a consistent running game that opponents deem a threat will open up things more for this stellar receiving corps to make the types of explosive plays that can put opponents away.

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