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Vikings Need To Go To Banyard

November 23, 2014 by Bill Seng in ANALYSIS, FEATURED

Jerrick McKinnon has high athletic upside. He will probably lead the Vikings running back by committee approach for the foreseeable future, but if the Vikings want to hang tough with the Packers in week 12, they will have to give Joe Banyard an extended look.

In the first half Banyard converted on two third downs, gritting out a 3rd and 2 rush and a 3rd and 6 dump off pass where he had to carry the defender past the third down marker. Both plays were a flashback to a typical 2005 Mo Williams play, tough yards, positive plays. In the game within a game construct, the Vikings would be wise to see if they can spark the running game with a change.

At this point McKinnon has not punished defenders by finishing off runs or made long sideline runs. Not a good combination.

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