The Vikings put quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the shotgun often in the first four weeks of the season, continuing a trend from last season when they used a spread shotgun passing attack to make Bridgewater comfortable.
But since the bye week, the Vikings have been using the shotgun less.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings have put Bridgewater in the gun on 42.4 percent of their snaps during their four-game winning streak. Against the Rams last weekend, they used it on just 22 of 75 offensive plays.
In their first four games, they used the shotgun 58.5 percent of the time.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said that the team’s usage of the shotgun will vary from game to game based on the opponent and game flow.
“It’s been the games we’ve been in. Early in the year I think we were in some games where we were in the gun more and we threw it,” Turner said yesterday. “Against St. Louis, with their edge rushers, their defensive people, I don’t know that it was in our best interest being in shotgun.”
The team’s two highest games in terms of total shotgun snaps were the San Francisco and Denver games, which should come as no surprise. In both of those games, the Vikings were down by double digits and needed to pass.
One person who is probably pumped about the Vikings getting back under center more often is running back Adrian Peterson. He had just three carries out of the shotgun against the Rams, according to Pro Football Focus.
“Of course, our bread and butter, it’s been my bread and butter, is coming from eight yards back,” Peterson said. “So Coach Turner noticed that, and he’s just going to put our offense into the best position to be productive.”