Vikings Offense Focused on Eliminating Miscues, Versatile Cardinals Defense

The Vikings are headed to the desert in search of their first win.

The Cardinals were among the league’s most impressive teams in Week 1, as Arizona powered its way to a 38-13 road win against Tennessee.

And while Arizona’s offense certainly looked like a high-flying unit, the most impressive performance might have come from a defense that stymied Derrick Henry and the Titan’s rushing attack.

“They loaded up the box,” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday about Arizona’s defense. “They want to be a single-high [safety] team for the most part if they can.

“They’ll mix in a few quarters and two-deep, but they’re predominantly a single-high team that wants to get extra guys in the box and they want to make you one dimensional … stop the run and make you throw,” Zimmer said.

The Cardinals limited Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2019 and 2020, to 58 yards on 17 carries.

According to Next Gen Stats, Henry faced eight or more defenders in the box on 35.29 percent of his snaps, which tied for the eighth-highest rate in Week 1.

Tennessee primarily wants to lean on its star running back while allowing the quarterback to spread the ball around to skill players, all while playing a physical and tough brand of football.

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