2021 Rookie Leaves for Eagles, Road Underdogs, Run Defense


Questions Answered: 2021 Rookie Leaves for Eagles, Road Underdogs, Run Defense
Jul 29, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Janarius Robinson. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the September 14th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to [email protected]

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.


Q: Will Janarius Robinson serve as an informant to the Eagles after leaving the Vikings to join that franchise on Tuesday?

Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebackers Patrick Jones II (91) and Janarius Robinson. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: Yes, probably.

Will it matter, though — is the question to ponder. Robinson isn’t some big Vikings lifer, stuffed to the gills with trade secrets. He’s never played a regular season game and lived on the practice squad for the last couple of weeks.

Robinson was a promising draft pick by Rick Spielman, who, like many others from the 2021 draft class, evidently did not impress the Vikings new coaching staff.

He now plays for the Eagles and likely isn’t a savant or guru of all things Vikings.

Q: How are the Vikings underdogs when they just thoroughly beat the Packers, but the Eagles narrowly survived the Lions?

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Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Homefield advantage.

The Eagles have tons of playmakers on offense and defense. And with the point spread sitting at 2.5 points, the teams are considered talent bedfellows, with the Eagles getting nearly three points because they’re at home.

The Vikings should focus on exorcising Monday night road demons. Minnesota hasn’t beat a non-Bears team on the road, on a Monday night, since 2008.

Q: Are you worried about the Vikings run defense against the Eagles?

Jun 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) and linebacker Troy Dye. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: Yes.

While the Vikings probably schemed last Sunday’s defense specifically to shut down the Packers passing attack and thus “ignored” the run defense a bit, they surrendered 6.2 yards per rush. The Eagles employ about 4-5 dudes who can churn yardage on the ground, plus a mobile quarterback in Jalen Hurts.

Yet, just as Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell schemed the Packers to stop the pass, he’ll likely do the same for Philadelphia — but with the run.

Overall, though, the Vikings run defense hasn’t been very good since 2019.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).







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