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E39: Pocket Protectors [Packers Recap + Raiders Preview]

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Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to recap the loss in Lambeau and to preview the upcoming Raiders matchup.

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In this episode:

Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to recap the loss in Lambeau and to preview the upcoming Raiders matchup.

Overall Game Recap

  • Vikings have lost ground relative to the rest of the conference
  • Moved from 8.44 to 8.39 win projection in Eric’s simulation
  • Probability of making the playoffs fell to 35%
  • Very little margin for error with Vikings chosen play style
  • Defense and run game are tough to rely on

Kirk Cousins Performance

  • No defending this performance
  • Kirk is actively losing you games
  • Multiple turnovers
  • Is Kirk Cousins a high-variance QB?
  • Vikings need to take the good with the bad
  • Top 10 in Play Action Percentage
  • Deshaun Watson has the same percentage of negatively graded throws but twice as many positively graded throws

Slow Start by Vikings Defense

  • Davante Adams tendency breaking double move
  • Double Screen
  • Great early game script
  • 3 TDs in 3 drives
  • Playing on grass is tough for Vikings D
  • Xavier Rhodes is grabby early
  • Everson Griffen is a slow starter?
  • Are teams punching above their weight class in the scripted plays?

Previewing the Raiders

  • Derek Carr played great in Week 1
  • Carr self-destructed in Week 2
  • Betting the over!!!
  • Spread is 8.5 for the Vikings
  • Raiders are one of the least talented teams in the NFL
  • 21 personnel for the win!

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  • Nick writing about Zimmer’s defensive adjustments