The once proud Minnesota Vikings’ defense has fallen from it’s historic 2017 regular season performance due to a number of factors, but is it enough for the banged up Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles’ offense to exploit?
The Eagles have made adjustments to their lineup, whether due to performance or injury, before every game this season. The newest tinker includes a shake-up at left guard, where Isaac Seumalo will supplant the struggling Stefen Wisniewski.
Considering the issues with pass protection against stunts and blitzes the coaching staff decided it best to try a new configuration. We’ll know right away if those problems persist against a Vikings team that frequently utilizes a double mug look that has confused the Eagles. It’s not just the line missing these pick-ups, it’s the running backs as well, but with Corey Clement still nursing a quad injury a switch at left guard may not be enough.
That’s not to say that the Vikings pass rush has been a bulldozer. Over the last three weeks they’ve barely scrapped 30% pressure rates after hanging a 50-burger on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. If they get closer to that Week 1 performance, it might be time to hit the panic button. That’s not something I was expecting to say about this line only five weeks into the season.
Beyond the pass rush, the Vikings’ secondary has been gashed for big plays in the air due to some shaky secondary play. Xavier Rhodes has not looked like his usual shutdown self and the rest of the unit isn’t holding their end of the bargain.
We broke down how the Eagles can attack the Vikings in the newest Kist & Solak Show; stream it on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. As always, FLY EAGLES FLY!