Vikings need to evolve simplified offense before it’s too late

Through the first five weeks of the season, the Minnesota Vikings were the best "feel good" story of the season.

Undefeated without the services of Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, and even Stefon Diggs at times, it was hard not to cheer for the boys in purple, but that aura has worn off now.

With back-to-back losses, putting up only 10 points on the board in each, it appears opposing defenses have figured out the formula used to dissect the Vikings formula. They were forced to cut down their playbook at the beginning of the season to accommodate Sam Bradford's last-minute addition.

The defense is as solid as any team's. That's not a problem, but they can only do so much - especially if they're on the field too much.

Mike Zimmer said his team played "soft" against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, hoping for a response the week after, but didn't get it. The offense that had previously been defined by its running game in years past, gained just 57 yards on 18 carries against an iffy Chicago Bears defense, losing 20-10.

The Vikings running backs have combined for just three touchdowns this season. Diggs looked like a bona fide number one wideout through the first two weeks, but he's cooled off significantly after getting everyone's attention in the Week 2 Sunday nighter. They've finally been able to work Cordarrelle Patterson into the mix, but not in a consistent capacity.

Week

Points Scored

Total Yards

1

25

301

2

17

284

3

22

211

4

24

366

5

31

351

7

10

282

8

10

258

Vikings had a bye Week 6

Bradford is a good-not-great quarterback who can't make an offense work by himself - his time with the Rams proved that conclusively. He needs help and time, but he's not getting either right now. The offensive line isn't giving him time and the receivers aren't getting open, so it's time to adjust.

Down two offensive tackles and their star running back, something needs to change. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been successful with plenty of different offenses in his career, working with Troy Aikman, Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Drew Brees in the past.

It's Turner's job to figure out what to do with his offense and he's got to figure something out. With two games against the Detroit Lions and division rematches against the Bears and Green Bay Packers upcoming, he can't just keep trotting out the same stuff and expecting a different result - that's literally Albert Einstein's definition of insanity.

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