Vikings Preview: Week Six vs. Cardinals

Sep 23, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) reacts after an overthrown pass during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
David Johnson is the engine of the Cardinal offense. Much like the Rams with Todd Gurley, Arizona uses Johnson in every facet: as a runner, on screens, as a receiver in the red zone, everything. The Viking linebackers struggled to contain Gurley in week four, and the Eagles similarly found mismatches with their running backs on Barr and Kendricks. Expect much of the same from Arizona. Also, because of this, the possibility exists that the Vikings utilize their safeties in more linebacker-esque coverage roles. 

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Keys to a Vikings Victory Against the Cardinals

Nov 20, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) catches a pass and tries to avoid Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) in the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona may appear to be a bottom-feeder in the NFC. But they are coming off a solid win over a division rival and they have new life with their rookie quarterback. On top of that, the last time the Vikings had a supposed easy win, they had the doors blown off by Buffalo. Nothing is a given in the NFL, especially with top contenders. 

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Transcript from Zimmer’s Week Six Presser

Mike Zimmer met the media Wednesday ahead of the Vikings' week six matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The following questions and answers are unedited, but some are rearranged for relevance purposes and others are omitted due to short answers. To read the presser in its entirety, follow this link.

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DeFilippo Playing to Vikings’ Strengths, Masking Weaknesses

Oct 7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass under pressure from Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
So the Vikings did not exactly build up a stout line this offseason, and that is certainly costing the Vikings in the running game. But in the passing game, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is hammering home the schemes that have blossomed from Bill Walsh out to Andy Reid and Doug Pederson while also incorporating the spacing elements of modern spread offenses. It essentially comes down to a few key features: 

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