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Vikings at Patriots: 3 Keys to Victory

Many gave the Vikings no chance to win this game after it was announce that Adrian Peterson would be deactivated. They chose not to acknowledge that Minnesota scored 34 points last week with their star running back getting no touchdowns and 64 yards. Here’s what the Vikes need to do to become 2-0:

1. Establish a Ground Game

The Vikings offense is built around it’s running back. Matt Asiata is a significant downgrade from Adrian Peterson, but he’s still an OK RB. The Minnesota offensive line is top 5 in the league at run blocking, so most running backs could succeed in this system. New England’s run defense was bad last week in Miami, allowing 191 yards in the ground to Knowshon Moreno and the Dolphins. Beating the Patriots with the run will open up the passing lanes and decrease the threat of a Darrelle Revis interception. Expect for Norv Turner to call some more plays with Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield. It’s almost a necessity to get the ball in the hand of “Flash'” at least 15 times a game.

2. Sack the Quarterback

Tom Brady will absolutely torch the Viking secondary. He can’t torch anything if he’s flat on his back. In Week 1, the Vikings defense tallied 5 sacks, and Anthony Barr forced a Harrison Smith pick-six by crushing the Rams quarterback. The St. Louis offensive line wasn’t that awful, either. The Patriots offensive line is, plain and simple, awful. Last week, Miami was able to notch 4 sacks, 7 QB hits and 18 hurries. That number could rise this week with a rejuvenated Minnesota defense. Starting Center Ryan Wendell was limited in practice this week, so his status for today’s game is uncertain.

3. Force Turnovers

Last week was refreshing for Vikings fans, who are not used to playmaking by the secondary. Not only did free safety Harrison Smith take an interception 80 yards to the house, but third-year cornerback Josh Robinson made a spectacular play, dragging his toes to stay inbound on a diving pick of Shaun Hill. Interceptions and turnovers like those would be huge against a potent New England offense commandeered by Tom Brady. The Dolphins were unable to pick him off, but with exotic blitzes such as that with Barr last week, don’t be surprised if a Vikings defensive back ends up with the ball in his hands.

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One Response to “Vikings at Patriots: 3 Keys to Victory”

  1. aaron rogers says:

    The Vikings will need to take their hands off their wee-little-winkies. In this league, you can’t win with both hands on your scrotum.

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