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Miles, Miles, And More Miles

I can’t help but notice many similarities between the Vikings and the Cowboys.

There is the fact that I have always suspected that Tony Romo is actually the spawn of Brett Favre.  Powerful running games, dominating defensive lines, troubled secondaries, and big offensive lines that have the potential to collapse are just a few more similarities that come to mind.  Oh, and both teams have the weirdest coaches in the NFL, too!

Another striking similarity is that both teams received boosts in 2009 from a couple of wide outs that were relatively low on fantasy owners expectations lists this year.

We Vikings fans were all thrilled to see Sidney Rice break out this year, after a couple years of waiting for it to happen.  Rice has notched 83 catches for 1,312 yards and 8 touchdowns this season.  Even the most optimistic Vikings fans would have balked at predicting those types of numbers back in July.

The Cowboys also have a receiver that had a breakout season this year.  Miles Austin has helped the Cowboys become a Super Bowl favorite by catching 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Those are two pretty identical seasons from Rice and Austin.

Austin also helped his team win their first playoff game since forever by catching 7 balls for 82 yards and a touchdown against what is typically a solid Eagles secondary.

On Serious NFL Radio, Brad Childress discussed Austin’s rise to Stardom.

He talked about seeing Austin this preseason, “I can remember him running by me with either a kickoff return or punt return and he was kind of a skinny, pencil-neck kind of guy. You’re saying, ‘Who the heck is that guy running by me? Now you look at how he’s changed his body around and learned about the pro game. He always had, obviously, good, physical stature. But he’s really learned how to play the game. Good hand-eye and just a physical presence as a wide receiver.”

Cedric Griffin, Benny Sapp, and Antoine Winfield will have their hands full on Sunday.

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19 Responses to “Miles, Miles, And More Miles”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Dont forget our awsome safeties. They seem to have their hands full before the game even starts.

  2. starrc10 says:

    I have moved past blaming the safties. I blame the scheme.

  3. Purple Charlie says:

    They need to make changes in the scheme, If they have problems right away, It just seems at times other teams have problems and make adjustments sooner than we do…

  4. bigjohnny84 says:

    Charlie, I’m just not sure about the scheme part. Seems to me when the safeties play aggresive and tackle well, the D is pretty good.

  5. CalVkg says:

    probably cuz we’re playin’ at home, we’re favored, right? and everybody’s pickin’ the cowpokers cuz they’re hot now? let ’em, i’d rather it be this way. we’re a damn good team, too

    it all just depends on who’s the hottest team now, all the way through to the super bowl. only one team will win three more games, a straight 1 of 8 chance

  6. Fragile Freds says:

    What sort of changes would you gentlemen like to see in the “scheme”? Please be specific. This scheme seemed good enough to win 12 games and get us a bye in the first round. Fred would be a bit alarmed to see the Vikings employ a new scheme at this point in the year. No?

    Freds thinks Johnny is right, players make tackles. So make the damn tackles. Freds is no schematic genius, but he is pretty sure any scheme you boys want Childo to roll out there will require sure tackling.

    • B. Grant says:

      How ironic that Mr. Smoot would emphasize tackling.

      The scheme is fine as long as it does what it is designed to do… prevent the big play. When we do that, we force teams to play perfect ball and eventually stall or make a mistake. But when the safeties take bad angles or get out of position, then the scheme breaks down.

      IMO, Freds is right, if we tackle and maintain discipline in assignments, the scheme is OK.

    • CalVkg says:

      they’d have to go to nickel or dime more often. there’s not much to change to in a different scheme, and no way would i start any big changes now, what are we gonna do, go to 3-4? the only thought i’ve had lately was to use winfield as a safety, but not now, they’re using him correctly, imo, as the nickel. just hope he has healed more to be more effective

    • starrc10 says:

      Fine. The scheme is good, which does not explain Sharper’s season in N.O. Thats a mystery for another day.

      • B. Grant says:

        My take on that starrc is that DS is in a different role and philosophy, and in spite of all his INT’s, the Saints D is not exactly in “shut down” mode. The Saints defense giveth and they taketh away. Both teams are succeeding in their different ways.

        All this said, I think our safeties are disappointing to our coaching staff, regardless of what they say to the public.

  7. Fragile Freds says:

    If Tony Winfield can help slowing down those stupid wire receiver jackass screens, that will be a big help.

    Buds…those who can’t….teach!

  8. Purple Charlie says:

    Yout right, 12-4 and a bye, Like Johnny said when they play agressive and tackle well, It works. Charles is a little nevous and trying to read too much in to this… Just hope they Play and Tackle consistently this weekend…

  9. Tomb says:

    What I wanted to see in the past was the DB’s jamming receivers at the line, playing more physical. Is now the time to experiment with that?


    …and what’s with Chilly’s obsession with players “changing their bodies around.” He said the same about Booty earlier this year.

    Gads he’s a weird little muskrat.

  10. bigjohnny84 says:

    Chili is showing a sense of humor. He’s talking about a forfeit because all the pundits cant be wrong.

  11. vikingfan1490 says:

    all the vikings need to do as far as safties go is put jamarca sanford in and take tyrell out and madiue played better with jamarca madieu seemed to want to play against the bengals wen JAMARCA SANFORD WAS IN ….JAMARCA WILL TAKE tyrells SPOT NEXT SEASON … AND SHOULD ALREADY HAVE IT

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