Monday Impressions: Vikings Lose Heartbreaker in Seattle

Last night, the Vikings lost a heartbreaker in Seattle. They played well enough to win, and probably should have. The time of possession was heavily in their favor. They ran the ball effectively, and generated lots of pressure on Russell Wilson. The Vikings, though, aren’t good enough to win these games unless everything goes right.

Offense

  1. It was so good to see Irv Smith Jr. involved in the offense. He was targeted three times at the very beginning of the game, resulting in two catches. He finished the game with four catches for 64 yards. He also drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.
  2. Kirk Cousins was brought to Minnesota to elevate in big moments. His INT to K.J. Wright when he had no pressure and Justin Jefferson wide open was inexcusable.
  3. Jefferson may be great, but Adam Thielen is still the Vikings’ #1 receiver.
  4. The Vikings shouldn’t play Dalvin Cook until after the bye. Let Alexander Mattison – who played well – be the lead back next week. Mike Boone also looked really good.
  5. After last night’s performance, the Vikings must bench Dru Samia.

Defense

  1. Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler continue to demonstrate both a willingness and ability to tackle.
  2. Mike Hughes had some nice reps last night. The Vikings desperately need him to stay healthy.
  3. Eric Wilson had some low points (slipping on the TD pass), but he made impact plays throughout the night. He created pressure and had a big INT. If the Vikings were a more competent team, Wilson’s late INT would have been a game-winning play.
  4. The three back-to-back TDs in less than two minutes was a lot. We recognize that the defense was put in awful situations and that they were likely frustrated, but they need to do better.
  5. On the final defensive play, sending blitz was probably the wrong call. The pressure before wasn’t getting home. Why not show blitz and then drop into coverage? Those two 4th down conversions were heartbreaking.

Special Teams

  1. Dan Bailey was rock solid last night. It’s a shame that he didn’t get the chance at the end of the game to give the Vikings the win.
  2. Dan Chisena is consistently the first one down the field in coverage. Coaches need to ensure he does a better job of breaking down so that he can be more consistent with his tackles. The potential is there, Chisena just needs to execute.
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