Vikings vs Chargers… Good morning Horners! Your Minnesota Vikings have flown out to Los Angeles to meet the Chargers at StubHub Center, the soccer home of the LA Galaxy. It is the smallest stadium in the NFL only seating 30,000 fans. It promises to be mostly purple with Vikings fans as LA tries to build a fanbase in 2 hours north of San Diego. Good luck with that Chargers.
Mike Zimmer leads a team into this contest that looks to make a statement and continue to win their way into the playoffs. To play better and better football. Can they do that against the Phillip Rivers and the Chargers? They may only have a 5-8 record but every lost was by less than a score. They can play and win and should not be taken lightly. Kirk Cousins will have all his weapons with the exception of RB2 Alexander Mattison who was ruled out due to an ankle injury. Adam Thielen will be back and the idea of he and Stefon Diggs along with Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr have the potential to wreak havoc. Bisi Johnson can contribute too, but he is currently listed as questionable with a quad injury. The offense should be able to score points.
The defense seemed to employ a defensive backfield rotation that worked last week against the Lions. We should see more of it against the Chargers. Expect more Mike Hughes and Holton Hill, especially if Xavier Rhodes, who is listed as questionable with the ankle injury from last week, doesn’t play well if at all. Rivers is 38 and doesn’t move well, so that also can lead to pressure from the Vikings pass rushers too. All that will help to get a west coast win, outdoors, and on grass, if they start out hot and if the offense can get a big lead, the defense then can make the game one dimensional. That should be a goal to achieve the victory. What other keys to the game do you think the Vikings will need to do?
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