QB Sean Mannion - Minnesota Vikings

6-6, 229Born: 4-25-1992College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 2015

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Week 3: vs Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Minnesota Vikings threw the ball just 10 times in their season-opening victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but week two was an entirely different story. The Green Bay Packers jumped out to an early 21-0 lead over the Vikings, which forced the team into a pass-heavy approach. Kirk Cousins went 14-of-32 on the day for 230 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions in the unfriendly confines of Lambeau Field. The Vikings struggled to build any momentum with either of their top-tier wide receivers, Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs. Thielen finished the game with 5 receptions for 75 yards on 8 targets, while Diggs caught just 1 of his 7 targets for 49 yards on the day. The talent of each wide receiver is undeniable, but the Vikings have not eclipsed 250 passing yards in a game since week 12 of the 2018 season. Minnesota's offensive line has done Kirk Cousins no favors to start the season, either. Opposing defenses have pressured Cousins on 20 out of 53 dropbacks on the season, one of the worst rates in the entire NFL. Pat Elflein missed week two with a knee injury, and his status for week three is once again in question. Dakota Dozier will start for Elflein if he is unable to play against Oakland, and Dozier's numbers to this point in the season have been horrid. Minnesota's goal this season under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is seemingly to throw the ball as seldom as possible. When the game script calls for a pass-heavy approach, the offensive line must improve and provide Cousins with a clean pocket to throw from for this passing-game to show signs of life. Oakland's pass defense turned in a poor performance in week one, which was masked by Joe Flacco's inability to capitalize on the Raiders' miscues. In week two, however, the Raiders were not quite as fortunate. The Raiders played host to the Kansas City Chiefs' dynamic offense in week two when Patrick Mahomes and the NFL's most prolific passing attack ever lit them up for nearly 450 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Oakland lost its starting safety Jonathan Abram after week one to a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery. In his place, the Raiders attempted to rotate Curtis Riley and Erik Harris into the game at safety. Both Riley and Harris were terrorized all day by Kansas City's vertical passing attack, which placed a magnifying glass on a definitive weakness of the Oakland Raiders' defense. In the trenches, unfortunately, the Raiders' defensive linemen were not much better. The Raiders have failed to reach double-digit hurries on the opposing quarterback in either of their first two games in 2019. The inexperience up front has been on full-display through two games, and the only thing that may save them in week three is Minnesota's fondness for running the football. When Minnesota attempts to air it out, the Vikings will likely face little resistance from a reeling Raiders defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs ATL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 at GB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

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Schedule

3vs Oakland Raiders
4@ Chicago Bears
5@ New York Giants
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Detroit Lions
8vs Washington Redskins
9@ Kansas City Chiefs
10@ Dallas Cowboys
11vs Denver Broncos
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14vs Detroit Lions
15@ Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears