Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Adrian Peterson And The Minnesota Vikings Still Need Work

I was looking forward to watching the Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Actually, I was looking forward to watching Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor run like crazy because I have yet to really sit down and watch this team play. Wow, was I disappointed.

Peterson did put together 78 yards and 2 touchdowns, but only 2 rushes impressed me (the 28 yard run and the 2nd touchdown run). Other than that, Peterson was stuffed the whole game. Aren't the Bears last in run defense?? If you have one of the top rushers going against the team that is ranked last in run defense, how do you only put together 78 yards?! Also, this is the 2nd week in a row he put together unimpressive numbers. Terrible

In fact, the whole Vikings team played terrible. If they expect to last a round in the playoffs, they have to get their act together. Tarvaris Jackson threw 3 interceptions that weren't even close to being caught by a Vikings receiver. The Vikings are so lucky they were playing the Bears, who's offense I'd rank next to last (with Miami being last of course). Between fumbles and interceptions, the Vikings gave the Bears every chance in the world to score, but the Bears just lack offensive firepower. If the Vikings go up against a team like the Cowboys or Packers, or even the Seahawks or Bucs, it would be a disaster for the Vikings.

What is the Vikings strong point? Throwing the ball deep is the answer. Almost every time the Vikings lined up, it was in I-Formation, and the same result happened: Peterson or Taylor got stuffed. They really need to give up the I-Formation. It doesn't work for them. What does work is a play action to Peterson (since everyone fears him so much) and then throwing deep down the middle. The few times the Vikings did that against the Bears, it worked very well. But, then they went back to I-Formation and got stuffed.

The final 2 games the Vikings play are against Washington at home on Sunday night and Denver away. I can see the Vikings going 1-1 or 2-0 and grabbing the 5th or 6th seed. Why did I say 5th seed? Because its possible the way the Giants play they could lose their last 2 games and one of the many teams itching for a spot right behind the Vikings could squeeze in.

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