Can Zimmer Continue his Dominance over Matt Ryan and Julio Jones?

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The Vikings open the season at U.S. Bank stadium vs. the Falcons, and look to start things off in the win column. The Matt Ryan led Falcons have faced Mike Zimmer’s defense three previous times, and Ryan has played well below his career per-game averages in overall performance, averaging one touchdown and one interception per contest. Will this time be different or will the Falcons continue to fall to the Vikings?

Mike Zimmer does a great job of disguising his coverages when faces superior wide receivers, and this has led to Julio Jones averaging less than sixty yards per game and scoring zero touchdowns in his career against the Vikings (since 2014). While on paper it seems Xavier Rhodes is solely responsible for the coverage on Jones, it is actually a team effort. The Vikings play more two high safeties, and use coverages that look like man but turn out to be Zone. 

The Vikings use three defenders here to make sure Ryan has to throw the ball elsewhere. 

The Vikings do a good job disguising coverage here and dictating where Ryan goes with the ball 

The only issue that can arise from these coverages is the emergence of second-year Wide receiver Calvin Ridley. He feasted on defenses that have paid too much attention to Julio Jones. He finished the season with over eight-hundred yards and ten touchdowns in 2018. Mike Zimmer will have to scheme up some coverages that account for both of Atlanta’s star receivers if they want to head into week two with a win 

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  • #52163
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    The Vikings open the season at U.S. Bank stadium vs. the Falcons, and look to start things off in the win column. The Matt Ryan led Falcons have faced
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    I certainly hope so.

    While you’d think that Zimmer has their number, perhaps they’ve also learned how to best overcome Rhodes/Zimmer/etc. and have some tricks up their sleeves?

    The Vikings need to start out hot this year. I have faith that can happen because they’ve got Kubiak to help on offense and off-set the 3-and-out-itis that they had especially towards the end of last season. I’m a bit worried that Brian O’Neill has been out as of late as this O-line is obviously the most important part of these otherwise set in stone roster, and while Kline is a veteran and should be fine acclimating to whomever is next to him, O’Neill is young and despite his astounding rookie year, still learning and needs time.

    Rhodes was also clearly hobbled against the Cards which is quickly becoming his standard state of being. He was hurt all last year and people started to say he was faking things so he didn’t look bad, but there were obvious signs of potentially devastating injury last season (that ankle looked season ending, for example).

    With Hughes just coming back and only playing in about 6 games last season and Hill being suspended, it might come down to Trae and Mack, or (hopefully) Kearse.

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    Zim seems to know what buttons to push against Atlanta.

    Rhodes eats up Jones and the Vikes’ stop the run. Meanwhile, the Falcon D is awful.

    Anyone remember Teddy’s first start in TCF Bank Stadium? Like, over 500 yards against the Dirty Birds!

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      I forgot about that game, Mike!

      This feels like a lifetime ago. Teddy to Patterson? It’s been a crazy couple seasons.

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    Good times good times

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    I’ve got a lot of confidence in Zim against Atlanta.

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    I am concerned about this one. Might be the game where they figure out how to get back at Zim. Can be too over confident in this one, IMO. Got to be ready to ball.

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