To come out a winner on Sundays in the NFL, a team must do a lot of little things right. To come out a winner on Sundays against a team the caliber of the San Francisco 49ers, a team must do some of the big things right, too.
The turnover battle is one of those big things. While winning the turnover battle could be identified as a key to the game each week, it will be especially important for the Vikings on Sunday because they play a team that is solid in this area of the game. They are one of just six teams with one or zero turnovers this season, and last season they gave the ball away only 10 times (5 fumbles, 5 INTs).
“This is a team that does not turn the ball over,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. “We need some turnovers, whether it’s a caused fumble or an interception. Hopefully this will be a week where we are ball hawks against a team that doesn’t turn it over very much. They set a record a year ago with the least amount of turnovers in our League.
“It’ll be a challenge in that area. But if there was ever a week where we get some turnovers, this would be it.”
The 49ers were good a season ago on the flip side of the turnover battle, too. They ranked tied for first with Green Bay is creating turnovers with 38, swiping 23 INTs and recovering 15 forced fumbles.
The Vikings, who won their home opener two weeks ago in dramatic fashion after a great team effort, are looking to get back on the winning track after dropping a close game against the Colts last week. Winning the turnover battle against a team that traditionally doesn’t lose the turnover battle, will put the Vikings on the fast track to victory.
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