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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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings interim head coach Mike Priefer looks on during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Priefer is a mainstay on the Vikings' coaching staff. He has been the special teams coordinator since 2011 and even served as interim coach when Mike Zimmer's eye troubles kept him away from the team a couple years ago. Priefer is seemingly held in high regard from most everyone in that facility.

Vikings Avenge NFCCG Loss: Three Up, Three Down

Oct 7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased out of the pocket by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) in third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Winning ugly is code for a good defensive win, and that is exactly what the Vikings pulled out Sunday. The offense was just good enough to make things happen, while the defense returned to more of their 2017 form. 

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Vikings Clip Eagles, 23-21

Oct 7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates his 3-yard touchdown catch with offensive tackle Brian O'Neill (75) against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Kirk Cousins continued to play at a high level for the Vikings, going 30 for 37 for 301 yards and a touchdown. Receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs continued to flourish with the quarterback as they combined for 17 catches, 207 yards and the touchdown.

FPC Vikings Predicts Week 5 Vikings at Eagles

Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) catches a touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Najee Goode (52) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
A big game awaits the Vikings in Philadelphia on Sunday. Currently sitting at third in the division, a loss could put Minnesota on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention before the halfway point. Fortunately, the FPC Vikings staff is confident they can...

Key Matchups for Week Five Vikings at Eagles

Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) avoids tackle by Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) and strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
After two consecutive losses, the Vikings travel to Philadelphia for a game with the defending champions.  Let’s take a look at some of the key matchups for week three. 

Charting Cousins: Week 4 Vikings @ Rams

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Anthony Barr vs. Rams: How McVay Killed the Vikings

After Thursday night's game, Anthony Barr was the butt of every joke, the symbol of the Vikings fan's discontent with the first four weeks of the season. His lack of an extension was viewed as a godsend as he surrendered three touchdowns against the Rams. However, many fans were quick to shift the blame from Barr to Mike Zimmer, given that two of the touchdowns were the result of defending receivers. Which is a fair point. However, Rams coach Sean McVay clearly made a point of targeting the Viking linebackers in pass coverage and creating mismatches with them.

Vikings First Quarter Analysis: What’s Right, What’s Wrong

September 27, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
With the first four games in the books, the Minnesota Vikings stand at 1-2-1 and third place in the NFC North. The Full Press Coverage Vikings staff provide their individual analyses on the team's first four weeks and where things stand:

A Big Picture Look at the Vikings’ Schedule

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Evaluating the Vikings’ Biggest Flaws: Relax or Panic?

Sep 27, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) in the fourth quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams defeated the Vikings 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
1-2-1 and in the bottom half of the NFC North is not where Vikings fans wanted to be. Social media is abuzz with people calling for players' heads, wanting changes to personnel, anything to get to the bottom of what is ailing the Vikings thus far.

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