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The guys were so energized and you could feel it in your home through the TV. It’s like they just snapped out of a trance and said “We’re fed up, and we’re not gonna take this anymore!” How are they going to keep this energy going into the big Chicago game next week? Is the feeling in the locker room that we’ve finally found our niche? What’s your opinion?
-- Alex C.
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I can’t speak collectively for the whole team and I don’t want to assume things are back on the right track after one win. So I don’t know that the team has found its niche, per se. But with that said, my opinion is that the win over Arizona will be this year’s version of the San Francisco win from 2009. It would not surprise me to see the Vikings come out next week against Chicago looking energized and sharp. There’s no doubt the last 2 weeks or so have been tumultuous for the team, but coming out of Sunday’s win the Vikings acted and looked like a team that was united.
The “hurry-up offense” really seemed to get the offense motivated. Is there any chance we could see the Vikings open up that way against the Bears next week, just for a series or two, to get them focused and motivated?
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I never say there’s not a chance, so perhaps the Vikings will use this to open up the game next week. But I don’t foresee that happening. I agree the Vikings did a great job in the hurry-up, but I also thought the offense looked good when it was huddling before every play. Favre was 12 of 16 for 147 yards in the 1st half, which are solid numbers. Of course the passing offense exploded in the 2nd half, largely because of the hurry-up offense, but the point is I think the Vikings offense looked good for the entire game against Arizona, not just when they went into the hurry-up.
I agree with the commenter, though, I think the Vikings could think about using the hurry-up at varying times during the game to give the defense something else to think about as they prepare each week.
Which players were credited with sacks against the Cardinals?
What are the chances of the Vikings doing more rotation of the younger defensive line players into games to see if they can get some pressure on opposing QBs? The starting front 4 just have not been bringing it at all so far this season.
-- Adrian T.
This question was submitted before the win over Arizona, but I wanted to address anyway because I think Miltona brings up a good point. I think it’s reasonable to think the Vikings will continue to insert young players such as DTs
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It was great to see Berrian involved in the offense against Arizona. He was a key component to the victory, hauling in 9 receptions for 89 yards, including a number of important grabs in big spots. He had an 11-yard reception at the 4:32 mark to help setup
To answer the question, though, I think Berrian’s performance from Sunday is more of a result of how Arizona defended the Vikings and less of a concerted effort by the Vikings to use Berrian.
I’m not sure about that. To me the starting CB opposite Antoine Winfield is more about who’s healthy than it is about identifying a regular starter. Now, would you prefer to have a regular starter there every week? Yes, of course you would. But right now that’s not the case for the Vikings and it’s going to continue to be a rotation including Cook,
We would like to voice our concerns about
-- Tyson, Kyle, and Andy
A lot of people have this opinion, but I am not one of them. I think the Vikings and Webb are better-served to have Webb focus exclusively on his role as QB and let the WRs already at the position handle those duties. On top of that, Rice appears close to returning to action. He’s participated in practice recently and I anticipate him being back in action on game day either at Chicago or the following week at home against Green Bay.
Coach Childress has obviously been under a lot of scrutiny recently, and I don’t want to get into any of that in this week’s mailbag. But I did want to share an email someone sent to me regarding Coach because I appreciate the sentiments of this emailer, especially in light of the Vikings Salute to the Military at Sunday’s game and more importantly in light of Veterans Day, which is coming up on November 11.
Thanks for the email, Jude.
Hello Coach Childress,
I just saw the ESPN piece about your trip to Afghanistan and the dedication of your son to his fellow soldiers. I have been a lifelong Packer fan, but I wanted you to know that I am grateful for the wonderful young man that you and your wife have raised and I thank you for your sacrifice. My prayers are with all of you and I hope he returns home safely. You should be very proud of him – I know am.
-- Jude A. Rathburn, Ph.D.