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Vikings: 3 keys to defeating the Denver Broncos

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Updated: November 17, 2019 11:15 AM

1. Keep Von Miller away from Kirk Cousins

Broncos pass rusher Von Miller is not putting up the same numbers he has for much of his career, but he's still a player coaches have to game plan around.

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Miller has 102 sacks in his career, but only four this season.

Denver comes to Minnesota with a defensive scheme the Vikings know well. Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is the Broncos head coach and Denver has the fourth best pass defense in the NFL.

"Extremely sound groups, who you’re not going to see many mistakes on tape. They do a lot, multiple fronts, multiple coverages, but they all complement each other," Vikings defensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski said about the Broncos defense. "I think it’s an outstanding scheme. Again, one that we’ve seen a bunch of times from our days going against Coach (Vic Fangio) in Chicago. You see on tape, again, a very fast group, excellent situationally, really good third down, really good red zone. The way that their different coverages, different fronts complement each other, I think is very impressive."

2. Better pass defense

The Vikings secondary has struggled in a big way this season. Opposing quarterbacks have a QB rating of 93.5, which is the 14th highest in the NFL. 

Last week against the Cowboys, Dak Prescott scorched the Vikings for 397 yards and three touchdowns.

"I think the big thing for us this week is we have to refocus back in and pay attention to the details of the different techniques and the matchups and those kind of things of what people are going to try to do to us," Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards said on Thursday. "We’ve identified what some of those things were, and really just went to work this week to try to improve our chances this week as we prepare for this football game."

The Vikings should see more success against inexperienced quarterback Brandon Allen on Sunday. He made his first NFL start for the Broncos two weeks ago and threw two touchdown passes in a 24-19 win over Cleveland.

3. Stay focused

Sunday's match-up at U.S. Bank Stadium screams "Trap Game". The Vikings are coming off a big road road and are heading into their bye week after the Broncos. 

Denver is only 3-6 this season and coming off their bye, so they've had an extra week to prepare for the Vikings.

The Vikings need to keep their head in the game, avoid stupid penalties and they should carry an 8-3 record into their Monday night game in Seattle on December 2.

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