TE Irv Smith - Minnesota Vikings

6-4, 241Born: 8-9-1998College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2019

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Week 2: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. It was expected that a healthy Dalvin Cook would lead to a heavier focus on the run for this Vikings offense, but only 10 pass attempts from Kirk Cousins last week was certainly an extreme shift in offensive philosophy from what was displayed last season. Cousins did not even pass for 100 yards as he simply didn't have to in last week's game, completing eight of 10 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown to Adam Thielen. While this is far from indicative of what to expect on a weekly basis, it is certainly concerning for what was once a high-volume passing offense that has now seemingly moved heavily to a run-first approach. Adam Thielen led the team in targets, for whatever that is worth, as he hauled in all three of them for 43 yards and a touchdown. Stefon Diggs was also involved with a couple of receptions. These two will continue to serve as the primary options through the air while Dalvin Cook should get a few targets per week, and Kyle Rodolph remains a low-upside red zone threat. The Packers secondary looked great in Week 1 as they took advantage of a very poor showing from Mitchell Trubisky. Their cornerbacks all played well, with Jaire Alexander leading the way. Alexander should see a mix of Thielen and Diggs this week, but both Thielen and Diggs in an offense with Kirk Cousins under center will always present much more of a threat than Allen Robinson catching passes from Trubisky. What helps the Packers is the talent they have added at safety. Adrian Amos made an immediate impact in Week 1 and should continue to serve as an impact player over the top for the Packers. Tight end Kyle Rudolph should have limited opportunities this week as he draws tough coverage from safeties Raven Greene and Darnell Savage as well. The Vikings offensive line held up relatively well against the pass rush, but rookie center Garrett Bradbury had a notably difficult time coming off the ball and should struggle against a strong Packers interior defensive line. With all that said, let's pull back from overreacting to a stellar performance against Mitchell Trubisky. The Packers defense did look great, but the Vikings present an entirely different offensive challenge that will really prove how effective this Packers defense can be.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs ATL 26 0.0 0 0 0 0
2 at GB 0 1.0 -1 0 0 -0.1
2 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 1.0 * * * *
2 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 0.6 * * * *
2 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 2.0 * * * *

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Schedule

2@ Green Bay Packers
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