Chip Scoggins: Vikings defense gets failing grade in opener – HEDGE accordingly

Mike Zimmer pushed back on suggestions that his revamped defense might trend downward this season, at least early on, by boasting in training camp that “I’ve never had a bad defense.”One game doesn’t equate to a full résumé, but Zimmer has a ton of work ahead to make that defiant statement hold up.Zimmer’s new-look defense met a familiar face in Sunday’s opener, and the result was so stunningly lopsided that even the no-nonsense coach himself engaged in some gallows humor afterward.“Luckily we had one goal-line stand,” Zimmer mused. “Otherwise it would have been really ugly.”Oh, it was plenty …

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HEDGE accordingly