There’s a positive buzz around the Vikings right now. They pulled out a dramatic overtime victory thanks to the return of the best RB in the NFL and some clutch kicking from their rookie kicker, and now they’re focusing in on Week 2 and beginning a season 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
The Vikings Week 2 opponent (Indianapolis Colts) is coming off a 20-point loss at Soldier Field on opening day. The Colts defense allowed 41 points and 428 yards of offense, and the Colts offense mustered just one TD drive, allowed 3 sacks and netted just 63 rushing yards. That opening-day outing followed a preseason in which the Colts offense yielded 8 sacks and averaged just 2.8 yards per rush.
Yes, the Vikings have momentum and they’ll enter Week 2’s matchup as road favorites. But don’t for a second think Head Coach Leslie Frazier and the Vikings are going about their business as if another win this Sunday against the Colts is a foregone conclusion.
“You don’t want to misjudge what happened in the preseason or even in the first regular season game,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. “Most teams in our League, and hopefully we’re one of them, improve that second week. And we anticipate their offense and their offensive line being much improved this second week after they go back and look at some tape and really begin to gel a little bit. We don’t want to be misled by anything that happened in that first game or what happened in the preseason. Their offensive line will continue to improve as the season goes on.”
While Frazier anticipates the Colts improving as the season progresses, he’ll surely want to see his own team improve, too. The Vikings converted just 20% of their 3rd downs on offense and allowed Jacksonville to convert 50% of their 3rd-downs, they yielded a 96.1 passer rating to QB Blaine Gabbert and they nearly lost the game after a late TD pass.
It sounds as if the Vikings will be able to make those improvements, though, because Frazier made it clear his team is more concerned with fixing their own issues than hoping the Colts can’t fix theirs.
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