Prediction No. 4
Alexander Mattison will run for less than 50 yards
We shouldn’t jump to conclusions, and if we’re comparing Alexander Mattison’s opening week performance to Dalvin Cook, the Vikings seem to be correct in their assessment that he’s a cheaper replacement.
Unfortunately, cheaper isn’t always better.
The Vikings game struggled against Tampa Bay, gaining 41 yards on 71 carries, but Mattison didn’t do much to help, gaining just 37 yards on 11 carries. Tampa Bay hogging the ball for the majority of the second half didn’t help either, but the Vikings’ ground attack hasn’t produced dating back to the preseason, raising questions about O’Connell’s scheme.
Even worse news is that the Vikings are facing a stout run defense in Week 2. Philadelphia allowed just 3.5 yards per carry against the Patriots last week and even came up with a key fumble that helped them hold on for the victory.
While most of the rushing attacks around the league struggled in Week 1, the Vikings need to get theirs going – especially if they want to contain an explosive Philly offense.