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Souhan: Will Vikings offensive line threaten a successful season?

The Vikings weren't going to go undefeated, and playing at Philadelphia is almost always a challenge, and the Eagles' defense is capable of being disruptive, but it would have been difficult to predict a performance as inept as the Vikings turned in on Sunday.

They managed three points against a defense that has been up and down this season. They failed to rattle a rookie quarterack. They gave up a kick return for a touchdown that altered the game. And their offensive line was inept.

This was a difficult way to suffer a first loss, but the only problem they had Sunday that threatens their season is the play of the offensive line.

They rotated three tackles without success and the pressure they allowed on Bradford was the most important aspect of the game. Bradford had a few receivers open deep early on and got hit while throwing.

The Vikings gave up more than 17 points for the first time in 19 games, but had they not allowed the kickoff return they would have continued that run.


Souhan's prediction: Anthony Barr has a big day

The dumbest thing that sportswriters do is make predictions.

We don't know. We're just guessing. And if we do break down a game perfectly beforehand, telling you that the X receivers won't be able to get open against cloud coverage, then some third-string back will fumble away a touchdown and mess up your prediction anyway. to today's stupid prediction.

I thought the Giants game would be an ideal time for Jerick McKinnon to break out, and he did. I thought the Texans game would provide an opportunity for Cordarrelle Patterson to break out, and he did.

Today's pick: Anthony Barr.

He's been solid but unspectacular, which is weird, because at his best he's usually spectacular.

Facing a quarterback who has done well against the blitz but hasn't faced a defense like the Vikings', I think Barr makes a big play or two to swing the game in the Vikings' favor. My pick: Vikings 29-13.

The problem with picking Vikings games at this point is they may be favored in every remaining game, as long as Sam Bradford stays healthy. But they're not going to go undefeated.

So when and where do they lose?

It shouldn't be surprising if they lose in Philly. This is a tough place to play and sometimes teams coming off the bye week look sluggish.

But I can't see it. I can't see a rookie quarterback beating this defense.


Stefon Diggs is active for the game, as you probably know by now.


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