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Coming Out of a Bye Week, the Minnesota Vikings Remain Focused as Ever

Although the Minnesota Vikings have just come out of their bye week under their coach Mike Zimmer, and stand at 1-1, they are not showing any signs of slowing down whatsoever, which just might bring about a new trend in the NFL betting odds. While their performance at the upcoming match in Philadelphia on Sunday is yet to be seen, coach Zimmer is very optimistic about it and has high hopes for his team, saying that he has been very impressed with what he has seen after the players rejoined Monday for their first practice since the previous Tuesday.

Zimmer, whose 2014 team lost 21-13 coming out of the bye at Chicago, added that while he had seen teams coming back from their bye week looking like they had forgotten every single thing that they had ever been taught, that was certainly not the case for the Vikings. And while Zimmer admits that there were certain things that did require immediate correction, the team had a recall that was much better than what it used to be, which to him was the most important thing.

The league’s only undefeated team, the Vikings (5-0) remain the single-most team to keep all of their opponents under 20 points this season, and are the leaders when it comes to scoring defense (12.6). They are also the only ones who have not turned the ball over in one game with journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill and the past four with Sam Bradford.

When asked why players were more focused coming out of this year’s bye, linebacker Anthony Barr said that having known that there is definitely something special about everything that is happening right now, all they want to do is to maintain that and proceed to take it on an even better level.

Coach Zimmer highlighted the activities of the coaching staff, emphasizing how they self-scouted the bye-week to look for and identify those areas which required attention. He went on to add that in terms of offense, the worst running game of the league (70.6 yards per game) was their topmost priority. As far as defense was concerned, there were no area that needed any essential improvement, though the team itself was insistent on improving upon its No. 23 ranking in red-zone touchdown percentage of 63.6.

According to many, the bye proved to be an overall benefit as it allowed the players to unwind and heal from the constant pressures. Brandon Fusco, the team’s right guard , who was injured in the Houston match that took place on October 9 with a concussion on the first series, returned to practice. However, receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who were injured in the groin and knee respectively are still sidelined, with the former having missed the Houston game and the later not played since the season opener.

Defensive end Brian Robison said that while it was great to have a whole week off, their main aim is to keep focused and maintain the position that they have earned with tremendous hard work, further adding that idle relaxation was nowhere on the scene.

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