Photo: AP/Matt Ludtke
Photo: AP/Matt Ludtke
September 15, 2018 09:04 PM
KSTP provides a week-to-week preview for each Minnesota Vikings game. After a 24-16 opening season victory at home against the San Francisco 49ers, the Vikings will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers Sunday. Kickoff is slated for noon.
Win the Red Zone Battle
The Vikings defense bent but didn't break last week in their win against San Francisco. The 49ers converted just one of their four trips to the red zone into a touchdown and the Vikings defense had a successful goal-line late in the first half.
"I think the one thing is our guys understand the mentality that it takes to play inside the five-yard line," Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards said on Sunday. "You could see them and the effort that they were playing with, the mentality that they were playing with. For us, it's just recognizing the situation and then doing your job when we get down there. They did an excellent job of that this past week. That's something we got to continuously do throughout the season."
Offensively, the Vikings went one-for-two against San Francisco. The Packers defense played well in the red zone against Chicago in week one, holding them to one touchdown in four trips.
Keep Jimmy Graham Under Wraps
Tight end Jimmy Graham had a quiet Packers debut with two catches for eight yards on Sunday, but he still could pose a problem for the Vikings defense.
In week one, the Vikings surrendered 90 yards on five catches to 49ers tight end, George Kittle.
Graham isn't the same player he was when he was with the New Orleans Saints and scored 46 touchdowns between 2011-2014, but he did score 10 touchdowns last season with the Seattle Seahawks.
Establish the Run
The Vikings had a nice mix of plays against San Francisco with 36 passes and 32 runs, but they need to do a better job in the run game.
Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray combined for 82 yards on 27 carries (3.04 yards per carry). Cook broke a lot of tackles, but the offensive line needs to do a better job of opening holes.
"I thought our initial contact at the line of scrimmage was good. I think we need to do a better job of getting to the second level," Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFelippo said of the offensive line. "We have been stressing that this week."
The Packers run defense was a little leaky against the Bears. They allowed 139 yards on 27 carries, so this could be Cook's time to shine.
Updated: September 15, 2018 09:04 PM
Created: September 15, 2018 08:49 PM
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