Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer
In previous meetings, Vikings have played Devante Adams in man with Xavier Rhodes shadowing him) except when he goes into the slot. The combo coverage that showed up last year is where one side of the defense plays quarters and the other is in man cover 2. That's gonna be an interesting matchup to see how they defend Adams when Jayron Kearse is used in nickel defense, but as Mike Zimmer alluded earlier this week, utilizing bracket coverage/pattern matching will allow Kearse to not be on Adams or anyone else that ends up in the slot (Packers put Geronimo Allison and Jimmy Graham in there quite a bit last week) alone. As it pertains to Rhodes, last year he really struggled containing Adams, a trend he hopes to buck today. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Rhodes was the closest defender to Adams on 16 targets last season, which Adams turned into 12 receptions, 124 yards and two touchdowns.