One of the huge success stories for the Vikings this preseason was the return of CBs Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook. Those two, along with veteran Antoine Winfield, have the ability to be game-changers for the Vikings.
San Diego has a very strong offense that specializes in moving the ball through the air. So essentially, they are built to beat the Vikings defense.
Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd and Antonio Gates are all great offensive weapons for three-time Pro Bowl QB Phillip Rivers.
This high-powered offense is designed to score a lot of points, but that doesn't mean the Vikings can't overcome them.
Antonio Gates is the real star in the passing game; he is too big and dominant for corners to guard him, yet too athletic for linebackers. If the Vikings can isolate Gates in the passing game, they could force Rivers to make some mistakes.
How, you ask? By eliminating Jackson and Floyd from the equation.
This is where the Vikings corners come in. One-on-one, any of the three aforementioned CBs could match up with Malcolm Floyd, but Jackson is more difficult to cover.
It will be up to, probably, Griffin to match up against Vincent Jackson. If he can keep up with the talented receiver, he may be able to give the Vikings a chance at isolating Gates in the passing game, allowing his teammates to make plays against the tight-end routes.
If the Vikings can slow down the Chargers' passing game, they will completely level the playing field. This is simply because the Chargers run-game has fallen so far since the departure of LaDainian Tomlinson.