The Vikings and the Jets have released their inactives lists for the game today. Injury report and inactive list below:
|McKinnon, Jerick||RB||Low Back||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out||IR|
No huge surprises here, but it is a disappointment that Anthony Barr won’t be able to play for the Vikings, especially given that his replacement, Gerald Hodges, hasn’t been spectacular against the run. The Vikings are playing against a team that is historic in its commitment to the run, so that could end up interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see much of Josh Robinson today almost exclusively because the Vikings would rather have more linebackers on the field in order to deal with the Jets’ run emphasis and even cover for some of Hodges’ potential weaknesses in this area. At least Hodges has good range, even if it’s not the same as Barr’s.
All three tight ends are active, even if all three are injured. The Jets have given up 12 touchdowns to tight ends, so this may become relevant. On the other hand, they haven’t given up an unusual number of yards to tight ends, preferring to let receivers do damage against them.
Justin Trattou, the player just promoted from the practice squad to take Jerick McKinnon’s spot on the roster after he went on injured reserve, is active. Surprising, considering he plays the same position as Scott Crichton, but is ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Vikings have announced that Gerald Hodges will start at SLB, Matt Asiata at RB and Charles Johnson at WR.
No surprises. As noted earlier, it’s a good thing for the Vikings that Muhammad Wilkerson is out, as he’s arguably the best two-gapping player in the NFL. That doesn’t mean the Vikings are in the clear in regards to a run offense that doesn’t have Jerick McKinnon or Adrian Peterson, and instead will rely on an unimpressive and rotating set of running backs. The rest of the Jets’ run defense is very strong, and the Vikings will have to take to air in order to generate offense.
Amaro hasn’t been a factor this season, so his absence due to concussion won’t play a big role, especially because the Jets would have to pass for that to be the case.