Situational soccer has been a trademark of the Vikings beneath Zimmer.
In-game wins on third downs, in the purple zone or with goal-to-go and with time of possession and/or subject place have typically correlated with Vikings victories in the previous six seasons. Playing clear soccer — avoiding penalties and self-harm — even have helped.
The Vikings strains on Sunday:
2-for-9 on third downs on offense (22 p.c), though the protection did restrict Indianapolis to 3-for-11 (27 p.c)
Red zone: Vikings (1-2); Colts (2-4)
Goal-to-go: Vikings (1-2); Colts (2-2)
Time of possession: Vikings (21:35); Colts (38:25)
While the final one is a whopping discrepancy, the typical beginning subject place was equally, if no more, necessary. Minnesota averaged beginning at its personal 20-yard line, in comparison with Indianapolis taking up on common at its personal 45.
The Vikings had scoring drives on which they gained 60 (plus 15 through penalty) on their opening drive and 61 (plus a 14-yard penalty) on their closing possession. In between the 21-yard subject purpose by Dan Bailey to start out the sport and the 3-yard landing run by Dalvin Cook which may have swayed some fantasy video games, the Vikings had one drive of greater than 20 yards out of their different eight possessions.
The Colts, nonetheless, gained a minimum of 35 yards on 5 of their 10 possessions and ended 4 such possessions with factors.
The worst absences of complementary soccer have been: 1) the offense following Eric Wilson’s first profession interception on the Minnesota 5-yard line to halt Indianapolis’ opening possession with a fast three-and-punt that lasted 1:39; and 2) particular groups permitting a punt to be downed on the 2-yard line with 5:59 left in the primary half.
The rating was 7-3 at that second, however a security three performs later accomplished the momentum shift to the Colts, who then closed the half by alternating between two drives for subject targets and two interceptions of Kirk Cousins.
The Vikings ran the ball simply 18 occasions, in comparison with 40 makes an attempt by the Colts.