For an NFL team, the reality is that it needs good luck in order to truly succeed. One of the factors in a team succeeding is injury health.
Pierce will miss his fifth consecutive game for the team. Minnesota’s best run-stopping nose tackle has not been able to stay on the field due to an elbow injury. Barr, who has played in the last two games, will miss time due to a knee injury.
Barr’s presence isn’t always felt on the Vikings defense — his stats are not exactly eye-popping. But his absence is typically felt. In Week 10, Pierce’s absence will likely be felt as well.