Over the last two weeks, we have seen the Minnesota Vikings (5-2) offense overcome two lopsided defensive efforts and come out victorious.
Two weeks ago, the Detroit Lions sold out to stop Adrian Peterson by flooding the running lanes and consistently stopping him in the backfield, only to let Teddy Bridgewater take advantage of some leaky coverage for over three hundred yards.
Last week, the Bears did their best to clog up all of Bridgewater’s passing lanes all afternoon, and Peterson was able to exploit the softer approach at the line for a 100-yard chain-moving performance.
This week, however, the Vikings offense will square off against a St. Louis Rams (4-3) defense that is talented enough to play well against both the run and the pass, overwhelm Minnesota’s offensive line, and pressure Bridgewater on a regular basis.
The Vikings will likely have to play great in all phases or be quite lucky to beat the Rams, and it is hard to predict which is more likely. They will need plenty of help from the defense and special teams to come out on top, but the offense needs to do their part if they want to avoid another close loss like they saw in Denver.