Countdown to the Vikings Season Opener: 94 Days

The season opening for the Minnesota Vikings in Cincinnati is 94 days away. The fans are delighted to see this team again. Even being in training camp will be more exciting than usual given how last season unfolded.

From 2005 to 2010, that number 94 was worn by defensive tackle Pat Williams, but it now belongs to current Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, who was the team’s biggest free agent acquisition at two years old. millions of dollars. Prior to that, Tomlinson had spent the previous four seasons with the New York Giants. He has also started in all 64 games since entering the league as a second-round pick (55th overall) in Alabama.

While Tomlinson is best known for stopping the race, he’s a good passer – totaling seven sacks over the previous two seasons. The Vikings’ defense struggled considerably last season, ranking 27th overall in the league last season, and their 29.7 points per game allowance was 29th.

They also allowed 134.4 rushing yards per game (27th). Tomlinson and Michael Pierce will be a powerful aid to the quick defense of this team as well as the defense as a whole.

“All I can assume is that I’m going to play a little bit of three tech and shadow because they go hand in hand,” Tomlinson said. “I feel like I’m pretty tough in the running game and I can bring a good element of the running game to the Minnesota Vikings as well as a pass rush to chase the quarterback and collapse the pocket.” . Like Mr. Spielman said, I also want to have the quarterback and play the run too. “

The lack of depth and injuries really hurt this defense. Tomlinson will be a big boost for this team, as will Danielle Hunter (unless late) and Anthony Barr. Minnesota have also signed Patrick Peterson, Mackensie Alexander, Xavier Woods and Bashaud Breeland and could potentially sign more.

This defense is expected to be significantly improved from last season, with Tomlinson’s presence being one of them. His ability to stop the race and rush the passer should make him the biggest acquisition for the team during the offseason. He will also open things up for others.

This defense has a good chance of being in the top 10, maybe even the top five if it can stay healthy and maybe add one more rusher. You have to imagine Mike Zimmer jumping for joy thinking about these possibilities.

The duo of Pat and Kevin Williams was a big one for the Vikings from 2005-2010. Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph were only able to play two full seasons together. Maybe Tomlinson and Pierce could occupy the middle together for at least the next three years. Seeing these two together should be exciting. They probably won’t be as good as the Williams Wall, but should still be really good together.

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