Following Sunday’s loss, the once 5-0 Minnesota Vikings have now dropped three straight games. They sit at 5-3 and have a bevy of questions surrounding them, especially on offense. Despite that, coach Mike Zimmer likes the direction his team is headed.
“I feel like we’re moving in the right direction and I’m actually excited to continue to see this team play,” Zimmer said, via Ben Goessling, ESPN.
Overall, Minnesota might be fine. The Vikings sit at 5-3 and still lead what’s been a very mediocre NFC North division.
Still, it’s hard to agree with Zimmer’s notion that this team is moving in the right direction.
Offensively, the line seems completely unable to protect Sam Bradford or open up any holes for the running game. Those problems are not new, though.
The struggles of the defense, however, are new.
Minnesota’s last three opponents have found success running the ball. When that happens, the Vikings have to either let it happen it or put extra men in the box. Neither is a great option. Minnesota can’t just allow teams to run at will, but it stacking the box takes away the strength of the defense, which is shutting down the passing game.
In Week 9, it seemed like the Vikings would overcome that. But on the game’s final two possessions, the once vaunted pass defense allowed Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions to move the ball at will.
Zimmer saw that and still said his team was heading in the right direction. Staying positive is fine. But the way things are going in Minnesota, it’s hard to justify that thinking.