This is the week for the Minnesota Vikings where the season can go one of two ways. A loss to the (0-6) New York Giants Monday night will put the Vikings in the running for the number one pick in the 2014 draft. With a win, the Vikings may have some hope for the rest of the season. This is the type of game where Minnesota can get some momentum going as a team. It’s do or die time Vikings fans.
This season has been a frustrating one so far for Vikings faithful. It’s been a long time since the team has looked like a winning one. Much has been said about the offense and Josh Freeman this past week, so I will start with the defense. The Vikings’ defense has fallen apart in almost every sense of the phrase. The unit has been rattled with injuries and lack of performance in key situations.
With Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford, and A.J. Jefferson in and out of the lineup all season, how will they survive without Harrison Smith? Smith is perhaps the best defensive player on the team and will be sidelined for most of the season due to a turf toe injury that requires surgery. The team also loses Desmond Bishop for the season due to a torn ACL. The defense looked its worst against Carolina last week, giving up 35 points and giving the Panthers drives of 9 and 10 minutes. The Vikings defense gave up a total of 11 big plays.
Unfortunately, the offense suffers when the defense doesn’t stop opponents. The offense had to play from behind against the Panthers causing the Vikings to be one dimensional. When Adrian Peterson only gets 10 carries, something is wrong. I look for AP to get a healthy dose of the rock this week to help Freeman get comfortable as the starter. Expect a bunch of designed screens and play-action roll outs for Freeman against the Giants Monday night. I believe the Giants’ season is already over so if the Vikings take them out of the game early, they may fold.
Does anyone remember when the Vikings came to New Jersey in 07′ and picked off Eli Manning four times and returned three of those for touchdowns? I was at that game and saw how ruthless the Giants fans can be when their team isn’t playing well. Hopefully, we have a repeat performance at MetLife Stadium. I’m sure if Giants fans read this they will be quick to remind us Vikings’ fans about the 41-0 NFC Championship game in 2001. Who ended up winning that Super Bowl anyways??
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