Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Anti-Vikings Chargers: Mike Zimmer Will Check Los Angeles

Anti-Vikings Chargers: Mike Zimmer Will Check Los Angeles

Sorting out how the Chargers (5-3) and Minnesota Vikings (3-5) match up, heading into their game at 1:05 p.m. PST on Sundaand at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The game will be played on Fox (Channel 11).

When the Chargers are in possession of the ball: Justin Herbert rounds out his performance with 32 of 38 attempts for 356 yards and two touchdowns. Now he will face the coach of the rival Brandon Staley, who is called “one of the best architects of the third order in the history of the game.” Mike Zimmer is in his eighth season as a Minnesota manager, and his reputation goes much further. Zimmer, Staley explained, is a master at masking schemes, especially pressure. This is exactly what stopped Herbert and his attack on Baltimore and then, to a lesser extent, New England just ahead of his dazzling attempt in Philadelphia against a weak pass defense last week. Defeating the Ravens and Patriots, Herbert often seemed confused and often disconnected from his receivers. He fired three times from Baltimore and came under pressure from New England 17 times, as his line of attack was also difficult. Against the Eagles, who rarely blitz, Herbert was not fired or even hit. Philadelphia coped with just four pressing, Herbert quickly got rid of football and distinguished himself on the line. This mission will be a little more difficult, the Vikings tied for second in the NFL with 27 sacks. “When a pass is known, this guy is the best defense coach ever,” Staley said of Zimmer. The key point for the Chargers will be to avoid the third and longest, which has sometimes been a problem this season. Minnesota is the NFL’s fifth-largest defense, losing third.

When the Vikings are in possession of the ball: Of the 302 pass attempts this season, Kirk Cousins ​​has only been intercepted twice. That’s a 0.7 percentage point, the highest in the NFL. He was also fired only 10 times. This 3.2 percentage is also the leader in the league. However, the Vikings mostly lost in five of the first eight games. Other superlatives include running Dalvin Cook, who is third in the NFL with an average of 92.3 yards per game. The Chargers have the worst defense in football and have already given 100-yard play to Tony Pollard, Nick Chubb and Clyde Edwards-Heler. Staley said Cook’s vision and speed set him apart from others in this position. “When he sees it, he’s gone,” Staley said. “You can see it on tape. Sometimes you just hold your breath and say, “Oh boy, here he is.” He plays an important role in the on-screen game, in the host game. In this sense, he is a real runner. ” Cousins’ main targets are Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Jefferson’s name has been the most mentioned since last year’s performance by Herbert in a discussion about the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year.

When kicked: Dustin Hopkins made his first win against Philadelphia, scoring 29 yards from the field with two seconds left. He also missed an extra point in the game, sixth of the season for the Chargers. Greg Joseph of Minnesota has 17 of 21 shots for a field goal and 17 of 18 extra points.

Jeff Miller’s prediction: It looks like the Chargers and Vikings are competing over who can play the closest games. It’s hard to imagine that it was anything other than stressful. Let’s laugh and predict the second consecutive game winner for Hopkins.


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