5 keys to the victory of the lions over the Vikings in the third week

The Detroit Lions (1-1) travel to Minnesota in Week 3 to face the Minnesota Vikings in a 1-1 battle of the North NFC teams. The Lions lost a close match to the Eagles in the first week, then dealt with the leaders in the second, while the Vikings easily took care of the Packers in the first week, then followed that up by beating against the Eagles.

Let’s take a closer look at the key things the Lions must do against the Vikings in order to claim their second win of the season.

Main match: Lions’ surprise run scheme against the new 34 Vikings defense

The Vikings have a new coaching staff and with it comes a new defense. Gone is the Mike Zimmer Snap 43 and in its place is a more modern 34 base run by Ed Donatel. Prior to joining the Vikings, Donatel spent the last three seasons as the Broncos defensive coordinator under then coach Vic Fangio. Fangio is largely credited with designing and executing Modern Era 34, which has been copied throughout the NFL for its adaptability and disguise. Donatelle followed suit, implementing this scheme in Minnesota.

Last May, Athletic’s Ted Nguyen wrote a very comprehensive article breaking down the concepts of Fangio’s scheme, calling him the most influential defensive coordinator in the modern NFL.

“The popularity of the outer zone system stemming from Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVeigh has led more teams to employ Vic Fangio’s defensive style, which asks the linebackers to play slower and face a gap and a half, rather than fly above the ground and play a single gap,” Nguyen wrote on Thursday. Only.” “In theory, the defense can live in lightboxes and invest more personnel in defending the pass as long as its lead can slow down the ball carriers long enough to help the secondary player.”

But here’s where things are happy for lions.

Nguyen continued, “(The Fangio scheme) works well against zone runs because the attacking airmen move sideways, but the lions like to strike the teeth of defenses with power.” “They want their offensive line, which is one of the best in the league, to shoot vertically and punish defenders.”

In Nguyen’s comprehensive analysis of the Lions’ hasty attack – which is a totally must-read – he highlights an absurd amount of things that make them extremely difficult to defend, and the positive consequences that come from executing them. Arguably the most impressive stats are:

“The Lions lead the league in yards before calling per lunge (3.79)”

Essentially, what that means is that the Lions’ offensive line gets so much thrust up front that they plug holes big enough for running backs to gain nearly 4 yards per carry before a defender touches them. scary.

When you check out Lions running her back after the connection stats, things get even more impressive. D’Andre Swift averages 5.35 yards on call, Craig Reynolds averages 4.33 yards, and Jamal Williams has 1.96 yards, although it was typically used for shorter yards. Double scary.

On top of the Lions’ positive lunge stats, the Vikings’ Impulsive Defense was selected in two weeks. Against the Packers and Eagles combined—two powerful lunge teams—the Vikings allowed 274 yards on 52 chariots and three touchdowns. That’s an average of 5.27 yards allowed per lunge, which ranks 28th in the NFL.

Bottom line: This may be the Lions’ biggest advantage and they need to continue directing their attack through the trenches.

Make it rain under the umbrella

Another staple of Fangio’s plot was shown during the Vikings-Eagles match in “Monday Night Football”: The Fangio Shell.

Here’s a look at the key first and tenth midfield positions for the Eagles:

Essentially, the Vikings are trying to hide their cover by hopping around the lower players with an overarching concept over the top. This preserves play in front of defenders, allows them to attack, and removes some of the traditional areas you might find in a Cover-2 base (like the famous turkey pit).

The Eagles rarely strayed from this basic design because they wanted to reduce the chances of winning the big play, and also creep Galen Hurts if he scrambled.

Here’s how the above play went:

Vikings angles respect the Eagles receiver speed and provide huge cushion—averaging 9 yards throughout the game—allowing Hurts to make the easy choice and find their leg for five yards fast. But look in the middle of the field, where the Eagles have two skilled players who run free at the first sign down. A little more patience, or scanning, by Hurts and he could have taken a bigger picture. But Hurts took the easy completion because honestly, he was there all night.

Cameron Dantzler was targeted by the Vikings in the corner eight times by Hurts, and allowed five catches for just 31 yards. The rest of the high school allowed 16 receptions on 16 goals for 205 yards. Meanwhile, the linebackers allowed only five out of seven goals, but lost 97 yards in the air. Hurts basically took what was there and moved down the field to 333 passing yards, completing 26 of 31 passing attempts.

Since the lions’ accelerated attack is a potentially huge problem for the Vikings, they may still try to deploy the Fangio projectile against the lions and keep playing ahead of them. If they do, the midfield is the most vulnerable, meaning the lions have to focus a great deal of attention toward Amon-Ra St. Brown and TJ Hockenson when they take to the air in this game.

Earn the right to expedite the pass

“When we get two (non-moving) players and get a chance to put our ears back, I think we have the ability to go after the quarterbacks,” Lions defensive line coach Todd Washe told the media this week. “But we have to do well in the first two (down). We did that last week. Like I said, we talked about, if you get the right to rush, I think we’ll get there. But the thing we preach there is we have to earn the right. First stop running.”

Lions coaches have consistently preached that a good defense starts with stopping a run, and that means focusing on Dalvin Cook.

“The most important thing with him (Cook) is – and we respect him a lot,” Wash said. “I think he’s one of the best defenders in the league. We think they’re going to feed him this week and try to push him to go… So we have to be disciplined with our accountability gap and stay a little longer than we usually do, just so we don’t allow the reduction.”

The Vikings handed the ball to Cook 20 times against the Packers in the first week and gave them 90 yards off the ground. In Week 2, he saw only six gigs for 17 yards.

The Vikings scheme – which is modeled after the Los Angeles Rams – tends to be the most heavy passes, initially, and they showed in the second week, that if you run too far, they have no problems leaving it behind and putting the ball in. Quarterback hands.

Justin Jefferson Arch

“There’s no doubt he’s one of the top five (receivers) in this league and he’s been rising steadily,” Jefferson Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said. “He plays with a chip on his shoulder, he is very competitive and competitive. They put him in so many different situations, really, that they can give him the ball which I think is the credit for that team.”

Against the beam, they tried to lift Jefferson and he went for 184 yards in nine catches and two touchdowns. The Eagles took a different approach, confining it to 48 yards on six catches, and Cousins ​​also threw two interceptions when targeting Jefferson.

Glenn discussed the Eagles’ style of “they have players playing above them, so they didn’t want to get knocked down deep, they played hard, man.” “They have a really good defense and they do things the right way, the way the defense should play. I’m going to look at each team’s defense and see how they work, and like any coach I think we’ll look and see if you can get advice on what they did. But we’ll have our plan. We feel they’re going to get out there and work against them, and that’s what we’re going to use.”

Ideally, this game plan would have more eagles effects than packs.

Request a blitz

The Lions have been under pressure this season, and through two games, they’ve scored 50 in their tally per PFF, the most of any team in the NFL.

A big reason for the uptick in pressure this season is Glenn’s desire for the dial. Per PFF, in two weeks, Glenn called off the attack in 39 of the Lions’ 95 defensive tackles against the pass and created 19 pressures.

That could be bad news for Cousins, who has struggled against blitzkrieg this season.

His Cousins ​​have only been attacked 19 times this season, and while they collectively only caused nine pressures, his PFF score drops from 69.2 (with a clean pocket) to 33.7. Last week, he was attacked 12 times, and each time Cousins ​​managed to get a throw, he only completed four of those passes (for 21 yards), and two of them were intercepted.

Lions should benefit from Glenn remaining aggressive.

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