Our offensive line is still trying to fail prematurely

October 17, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

The quarterback attempted 26 of his 30 passes from shotgun sets, releasing the ball in an average of 2.0 seconds and completing 22 balls for 271 yards and two touchdowns. He left with a QBR of 93.3 -- the second-highest single-game figure of his career -- and afterward sung the praises of a game plan the quarterback said exploited a Texans pass defense that had been ranked No. 1 in the league.

Once Bridgewater took over as the starting quarterback in Week 4 of the 2014 season, Peterson had already been on the commissioner's exempt list for nearly two weeks. The Vikings were in the shotgun or pistol for 64.9 percent of their snaps the rest of that season, as they coalesced around their rookie quarterback and employed McKinnon and Matt Asiata on shotgun runs. That number dropped to 44.5 percent of their snaps in 2015, but is back up to 54.5 percent this season. It was 50.8 percent in Week 1 with Shaun Hill, and it's been 55.4 percent since Bradford became the starter in Week 2. Last Sunday, in a 31-13 win over the Texans, the Vikings spent 62.3 percent of the game in the shotgun.

"The one thing about Sam is that he will communicate the things that he likes to do, and if we have a play in the game plan that he doesn’t like, he’s going to say it," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He’s going to tell Norv, and we get rid of the play. So we try to do things that he’s comfortable with, even though it has been a short period of time." http://www.cheapjerseysgests.com cheap jerseys

Other than McKinnon's solid night against the New York Giants, though, the Vikings haven't run the ball particularly well in Peterson's absence. On Tuesday, general manager Rick Spielman attributed the issue more to an offensive line that was still finding its way through a rash of injuries. http://www.cheapnfljerseyslan.com cheap NFL jerseys

"Adrian was kind of getting back into it, I think, because we had adjusted some things offensively and our offensive line was still trying to jell early," Spielman said. http://www.wholesalenfljerseysband.com wholesale NFL jerseys Since the Vikings have put Bradford deeper in the backfield, though, he's been able to use his quick release to counteract some of their protection issues. The other noteworthy element of the Vikings' offense is McKinnon and Asiata's usefulness in the passing game. Bradford has hit the two backs on nine of his 15 pass attempts in the last two weeks, posting 78 yards on those throws. At that rate, McKinnon and Asiata would account for a combined 624 receiving yards over the course of a 16-game season. That's not an insignificant amount for a team that lacks a dominant receiver, and it's perhaps where both backs offer the greatest utility over Peterson in the offense. http://www.wholesalejerseysgest.com wholesale jerseys

There's little doubt the Vikings will work Peterson back into the core of their offense should he be able to return from a torn meniscus late this season, and the running back did seem more open to an offensive shift this summer than he'd been in the past. While he's out, though, the Vikings' offense figures to continue its evolution around a thriving quarterback. http://www.washingtonredskinsjerseyspop.com Wholesale Washington Redskins jerseys

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