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Minnesota vs Atlanta
The Vikings offense is a decidedly run-first offense, and they don’t often ask Kirk Cousins to throw much. But when game script pushes him into the spotlight, Cousins is usually at least serviceable. He’s willing to push things downfield, too, using his underrated arm to attack the soft spots between defensive zones. The best thing he does is pump the ball relentlessly to playmakers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, the only two Vikings with more than 80 yards on the year. They’ve accounted for 50% of team targets and 65% of yardage, giving them solid floors to go with their high ceilings. Cousins hasn’t been tested by much strong defense yet, but he’s at least been efficient in his easier matchups. It’s perfectly sane to trust him when he’s facing an up-tempo game with a bad opponent.
The Falcons continue to trot out one of football’s worst pass defenses, week after week. All 5 opponents thus far have topped 300 yards through the air, with 9 different receivers posting 88 yards or more. Across the league, it’s hard to find a secondary more decimated and in dire need of a talent infusion. Prized rookie cornerback A.J. Terrell has shown well; he’s a building block for the future. But even when the Falcons had Desmond Trufant locking down one side of the field, they still couldn’t slow an entire passing game, and nothing has changed. There just isn’t any coverage help to speak of, especially with slot specialist Darqueze Dennard on the shelf. Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver have been among 2020’s most beatable cornerbacks, and the safety play remains among the league’s weakest in downfield coverage. That’s great news for Thielen and Jefferson, who have been fantastic on the deep ball of late. Cousins is unafraid to test secondaries, and those who test the Falcons often come away happy with the results.
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