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With 2 games in the books now, what impact has
-- Esther C.
This would be a great question to ask Brad Childress, Darrell Bevell or
What are the Vikings going to do to shore up the offensive line so their talented playmakers can get a chance to do their thing?
-- Rick B.
This is by far the most common question I had sitting in my inbox this morning. And I think it’s a legitimate concern at this point. The offensive line needs to play better in order for the offense to get rolling. But at the same time, we need to be careful not to throw too much blame at the feet of the offensive line. It’s easy to point to a lineman whenever the QB is sacked, but there are times when that sack should not be attributed to poor offensive line play. Sometimes the QB held the ball too long or called the wrong protection scheme. Sometimes the receivers didn’t get open. Sometimes a RB or a TE didn’t pick up a blitzer. Sometimes the defender just made an outstanding play. So while I agree the offensive line needs to improve, I also want to point out that it’s not always the offensive line that is responsible for the sack.
Anyway, I think the right people are in place to get the offensive line fixed. Once C
With the problems that our backs have picking up the blitzes, what is the chance that we try to get a 3rd down back to help with that issue as well as making sure we do not over work Adrian?
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As with the offensive line, I’d say that the Vikings currently have the right personnel to fulfill this role. It’s a matter of those players fixing their technique to perform better. Peterson has done a nice job at times this season of picking up blitzers; but there have also been times where he’s missed. The same can be said for other RBs and FBs, such as
When is Sidney Rice able to come back? I think with him in there we could have a better offensive push.
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Beginning this Tuesday (October 19) and continuing through November 9 (the day after the conclusion of Week 9), players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP list) are permitted to begin practicing for a period of 21 days. On the day after or at any time before this 21-day period expires, the team must activate the player to its 53-man roster. If the Club chooses not to activate the player, then the player goes back on the PUP list and is unavailable for practice or games for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.
This means that Rice is eligible to begin practicing at any point between now and November 9. Once the Vikings allow Rice to practice, the 21-day period begins and the team has 3 weeks to determine if and when Rice is able to play in a game.
Rice was out at practice late last week playing catch on the side (not participating in practice), but his movements were limited.
It was an impressive win against the Cowboys on Sunday. Now looking ahead to an ailing Green Bay Packers team, what do think are some of the key points to going 3-3?
-- Oliver I.
I haven’t had a chance to dig too deeply into this matchup yet because I’m still digesting Sunday’s win. But my immediate thoughts are that a lot of focus will be on the Vikings offensive line this week. I also think the health of some important Green Bay players, such as LB Clay Matthews, will be important. Finally, I think special teams will factor into the outcome significantly. The Vikings benefited from outstanding special teams play in their win against Dallas and I’m guessing next Sunday night’s game will be closely contested, meaning a play or 2 on special teams might make a huge difference.