Chip Scoggins: Vikings defense gets failing grade in opener

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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