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Cowboys Expected To Do What The Cards Did

How does a team negate the incredible talent that the Vikings have on the defensive line?

Three step drops, quick throws, and running after catching is how the Vikings expect to see the Cowboys answer that question on Sunday.

Back when the Vikings got embarrassed by the Cardinals, this was the key to Arizona putting points on an otherwise stout Viking defense.  In that game, Kurt Warner went 22 of 32 for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns most of which came off of short throws followed by poor tackling and long runs.

That is why the Vikings must tackle well on Sunday.  Tony Romo employed a very efficient three step drop against the Eagles and was able to allow his receivers to do the rest.  He gets into a rhythm that becomes hard to stop.

“He does have a lot of three step rhythm throws,” defensive tackle Kevin Williams recently said. “They’re getting it out quick and not letting him hold it. But that’s just part of the game. That’s the way teams play these days. It’s stuff we have to defend. If they catch it, we have to tackle them.”

“Tackling is obviously a big deal,” linebacker Ben Leber said. “You get those short screens and swing passes and things like that, you have to be able to get guys up there and tackle so you don’t have any bleeding yardage. It’s imperative for us to stop the run and be good tacklers.”

The Vikings defensive line has been pretty proficient at batting balls down at the line of scrimmage this year, which eases a lot of stress on the secondary.

“Fundamentally, you’ve got to tackle and then you’ve got to bat some balls down,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “You’ve got to get a couple of breaks in that area. You can negate a lot of those short passing situations by getting off the field and your offense scoring points. When you’re in a close game, those short passes affect it and how you do that is tackle and then you can work on forcing fumbles. When they’re catching it quick, if you’re hitting them quick, you can always knock the ball out.”

Three step drops may result in low statistics for this Vikings defensive front, but they still have the potential to disrupt the Cowboys game plan.  I think they will be a lot more focused than when they played the Cardinals, and we will see the defense that we all had been hoping to see in Arizona.

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One Response to “Cowboys Expected To Do What The Cards Did”

  1. Trent Dilfer says:

    Good luck tackling Felix Jones in the open field!

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