THE MISSING PIECE
The maxim that the NFL has become a passing league seems to be true. Fans may be surprised to hear that only one playoff team in 2015 had a 1,000 yard rusher. That team was the Minnesota Vikings. Ultimately, they fell short in last year’s playoffs when Blair Walsh missed a critical field goal with only seconds left. During that game, Adrian Peterson was held to 45 yards on 23 carries. With the rushing attack stymied by the stiff Seattle defense selling out to stop the run, the Vikings had no answer. The passing game was positively woeful. The leading receiver for the Vikings (Stefon Diggs) logged a paltry 26 yards through the air. A reliable primary wide receiver who could have moved the chains and provided a dominant red zone presence arguably could have given the Vikings a different outcome in that contest.