The following is news applicable to the Minnesota Vikings on September 21, 2022 — via tweet. This is updated throughout the day.
There has been a lot of talk about a new and positive culture since the hiring of Kevin O’Connell. After the devastating loss against the Eagles, this culture is tested, as the team has to show some resilience.
KOC: “All the culture stuff we talk about, this is when it gets tested.”
— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) September 21, 2022
The Lions’ offense was extremely explosive in the first two games of the season. Wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown and running back D’Andre Swift are two of the most dangerous players in the league right now.
[email protected] @DAndreSwift @amonra_stbrown @WarrenSapp after 2 weeks; the Lions are the ONLY team in the NFL with 3 50+ yard runs. I don’t think it’s an accident. Let’s see if the @vikings can slow the explosions down #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/1hHYlYFv0C
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) September 21, 2022
Pete Bercich from the Vikings Entertainment Network also broke the dynamic Lions offense down. Ed Donatell’s defense will face a tough challenge.
So I know what you’re thinking; HOW is Detroit scoring over 35 points per game?! This is how…and it may surprise you. #vikings
📺: https://t.co/v5Ee0II8nN pic.twitter.com/YjrVZC836C
— PeteBercich (@PeteBercich) September 21, 2022
Today’s injury report is still relatively short. However, Harrison Smith would be a big loss for the defense.
Today's #Vikings injury report pic.twitter.com/O2x7SRvvf3
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 21, 2022
The Vikings are still at the top of the NFC North. Of course, there are a lot of games left in the season, but the loss against the Eagles didn’t end the Vikings’ season.
Here's a look at division leaders through Week 2 👀 pic.twitter.com/bQ693NfEbU
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 21, 2022
The new regime apparently handles losses differently than the last one. We’ll see how that’s working on Sunday.
Adam Thielen via KFAN on the #Vikings new staff:
“It gave us more confidence when when we saw how guys reacted to a tough loss… You didn’t see coaches yelling at players, you didn’t see any negativity after the game. It was just guys trying to figure out how to get better.”
— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) September 21, 2022
The Vikings running defense struggled heavily. Ed Donatell, the defensive coordinator, has to adjust and try to fix it. Growing pains have always been expected since turning to a new scheme and a bunch of new players. There will be 15 more chances to improve in the 2022 season.
Vikings Run Defense Stats:
– 31.1% DVOA (Worst)
– 0.112 RushEPA (29th)
– 53.2% RushSR (Worst)
– Tied for 2nd most Rushing TDs allowed
– 34.6% of rush attempts go for first downs (Worst)
– 11% stuffed rate (Worst)
– 4.87 Adj. line yards (Worst)
– allowing 5.3 Yds/Carry (28th)
— Spencer Thompson (@ThompsonNFL) September 21, 2022
VikeFans shared two videos of Fran Tarkenton talking about the first win of the Vikings against the Lions. The Vikings lead the all-time series 79-40-2.
Lions Week (Part 1 of 2) – the very 1st win vs Detroit was at the Met in 1963. Yet, it was not cause for celebration, as President John F Kennedy had been assassinated just 2 days prior. Listen to Fran Tarkenton describe the scene along with game highlights. @Fran_Tarkenton pic.twitter.com/Y0cvdETNpY
— VikeFans (@VikeFans) September 21, 2022
Lions Week (Part 2 of 2) – the very 1st win vs Detroit was at the Met in 1963. Some more of Fran describing the scene with many game highlights in the Viking win. @Fran_Tarkenton pic.twitter.com/LudPzdcr19
— VikeFans (@VikeFans) September 21, 2022
Linebacker Jordan Hicks is confident that the Vikings can fix their defense easily. The good news is that they don’t have to wait long to prove it.
LB Jordan Hicks on what #Vikings must fix on defense. “Communication and execution. It’s very fixable, very simple. We’ve got to execute what is being called & what we practice all week. It’s still early in the season. We know we’re going to get unscouted looks That’s part of it"
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) September 21, 2022
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