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How do the Vikings decide which players will be inactive on game day?
-- Jesse C., Iowa City, IA
Good question, Jesse. For those who aren’t aware of what Jesse is asking, 90 minutes before kickoff of each game, NFL teams are required to designate 8 players from their 53-man rosters as inactive for the game.
The decision of who to designate as inactive is a product of 2 main factors – injuries and that week’s game plan. Let’s take a look at last week’s game in Cleveland as an example. The Vikings designated WR
Another consideration is the game plan. Say, for example, that a particular team plans the run the ball extensively in a game because the opponent as an inferior rushing defense. In that scenario, a team might keep an extra TE or FB active because of the extra run plays in the game plan. To make room for an extra TE or FB, that team de-activates a player at a different position.
So it’s really a week-to-week process. DT
-- Gary H., Minneapolis, MN
I wouldn’t feel safe making that claim, although I do give lots of credit to Thomas for the way he played on Sunday against the Vikings. We’ve all seen how Allen can terrorize opposing offenses and be a complete disruption, especially in terms of QB sacks.
Now, the stat sheet shows Allen as having 0 tackles (1 assists) and 0 sacks – which is basically getting shut out of a game for a DE. But there’s more to playing defense than accumulating statistics. I’m sure that over the course of the game Cleveland used RBs to chip Allen and help Thomas, just as I’m sure Allen saw his share of double teams. By using an extra man on Allen to slow him down, that might have opened up a lane for another defender or allowed DT
Why didn’t Childress challenge the catch by
-- Laurel M., Rapid City, SD
At that point in the game, the Vikings had used all of their challenges. Teams are allowed only 2 challenges per game, plus a 3rd “bonus” challenge if they used the first 2 challenges successfully. When Rice caught that pass near the sideline/endzone, the Vikings had already challenged a fumble and Browns TD reception.