Has the Vikings’ defense improved at all in the 2021 season?
Even though the Minnesota Vikings have worked hard this last offseason to improve their porous defense, there are still yardage leaks this year.
The Minnesota Vikings have done a brilliant job keeping teams out of the end zone for the past two weeks. The Vikings have conceded just two touchdowns in the last seven quarters of football.
At first glance, you might assume it’s brilliant and that head coach Mike Zimmer has everything under control. However, this does not appear to be the case in this situation.
Minnesota has spent a lot of resources this offseason trying to fix the defensive line in an attempt to stop the race. Obviously, it didn’t work for them, as teams rushed for a total of 542 yards against the Vikings so far this season (135.5 per game). It’s almost identical to the yards conceded at this point last season (539 yards rushing total).
No matter what the Vikings do, they can’t seem to stop the race. Despite investing heavily in new defensive tackles Michael Pierce, Dalvin Tomlinson and Sheldon Richardson, the Vikings just can’t stop the race. In Week 4, the Cleveland Browns rushed nearly 200 yards between their two starting running backs, on average 4.8 meters per range.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still has work to do
The problem isn’t personal, players like Tomlinson don’t just forget how to take blockers and stop the race. Mike Zimmer’s strategy needs to be better and he needs to put his team in a better position to be successful in defense.
Anthony Barr’s return will be a huge plus for the Vikings and he could be crucial for their defense going forward.
Minnesota is aspiring to get to the bottom of the playoffs this season. If they can’t figure out how to stop the race, that won’t even be a remote possibility.