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Matt Anderson

Vikings could take advantage of Giants aggressive defense

Minnesota Vikings fans and analysts know that wide receiver Justin Jefferson is the best receiver in the NFL. When you have the best wide receiver in the NFL, you’re bound to draw a lot of penalties, mainly pass interference, holding and illegal contact. .

Kevin Seifert of ESPN looked through officiating and penalty statistics from the regular season and found the Vikings led the league in drawing pass interference, defensive holding and illegal contact calls. When you have an offensive weapon such as Jefferson, these calls are much more likely to occur.

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The New York Giants, whom the Vikings are slated to face this weekend in the NFL Wild Card round of the Playoffs, committed the 4th-most such penalties this season.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell has a few different ways that he can take advantage of this with the main one being double moves. The easiest is by using their aggressive nature against them by setting up out and ups and slant and go’s. As the great Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

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