4 Minnesota Vikings Backups Who Should Be in Starting Roles

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4 Minnesota Vikings Backups Who Should Be in Starting Roles
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The Minnesota Vikings have temporarily staved off their free fall with a win against Washington, but with the end of the season looming ahead of them and certain practices clearly not working, it's up to the coaches to make some significant changes.

The Vikings offense has been wildly inconsistent but for the most part has found ways to put points on the board. While this isn't necessarily an indication of the unit's overall talent or level of execution, it's clear that the defense requires more attention.

For the most part, the required changes are impossible. At some level, the Vikings defense either doesn't have the talent or the schematic support to improve a position—the team can't do much about the fact that Harrison Smith is out for the year, for example.

But in other ways, the Vikings can test out the players they have while simultaneously finding ways to improve. In some cases, the backups need to start.

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