Harassing Drew Brees a tall task if injured Vikings Kevin Willi...

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Sacking Drew Brees is a challenge. That endeavor could be even more difficult Sunday for the Vikings in the NFC championship game.

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I am not sure the Vikings are going to willingly discuss the health of any team member. This is a chess game. If they are too injured to play I guess that is fate and could impact the outcome. Still I see the Vikings being a little more in line for a victory once they knock out the initial emotion of the opponents and the fans......, Just keep pounding.

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I hope those two are good to go on Sunday. Man, Edwards was a BEAST! And Williams is crucial to plug up the middle. Kennedy and Robison are able replacements, but not quite the caliber of the starters. Still like our chances either way, though. I think the 'Aints are in for a bit of surprise against the purple. SKOL VIKINGS!
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I bet Edwards and K. Williams are healthier that is being let on. Our O-Line is no slouch, though.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Thus could make a difference in the out come if these guys can't go. They are key pieces in the puzzle.
Who are the backups

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Jan 21, 2010
 
After Robison and Kennedy who else do we have as D-line backups?? I'm guessing we can't count on Robison and Kennedy to play every snap and the Vikes like to rotate fresh D-lineman in, so who would those options be??
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Jan 21, 2010
 
We also have Fred Evans, who is more than adequate. K-Will is fine...they're just giving him a bit of a breather. No one is 100% this time of year.

I honestly think Edwards will be out there too. His problem is swelling. This is almost treated with plain ole' R.I.C.E.(Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) coupled with a 'shot' 30 mins before kickoff. He should be close to 100%.

This is all a well orchestrated chess game. Chili is trying to divert Payton's attention from more important facets of the game...this is an old trick that every coach pulls out from time to time...
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Put Kleinsasser in there on the defensive line if those guys can't make it. He's a beast. T-Jack would be a good linebacker too. Has the build for it.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Don't forget Erin Henderson. When he was out we lost a couple of games...smirk!
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Neil McCauley wrote:
We also have Fred Evans, who is more than adequate. K-Will is fine...they're just giving him a bit of a breather. No one is 100% this time of year.
I honestly think Edwards will be out there too. His problem is swelling. This is almost treated with plain ole' R.I.C.E.(Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) coupled with a 'shot' 30 mins before kickoff. He should be close to 100%.
This is all a well orchestrated chess game. Chili is trying to divert Payton's attention from more important facets of the game...this is an old trick that every coach pulls out from time to time...
I completely agree i believe both will be starting on Sunday even if Robison and Kennedy both get more snaps we should be fine, both have been excellent backups this season.
The key in my opinion will be Allen he will need to have the game of his life, Unlike Romo Brees can handle a hard pass rush and not have that look of desperation on his face.
Go Vikings!
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****WEATHER ALERT****
People of the state of Louisiana: you have a five day notice to vacate your houses and head inland. Hurricane Brett and the Vikings are coming to plunder and pillage. The devastation is expected to hit land January 24th.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Weatherman wrote:
**** WEATHER ALERT ****
People of the state of Louisiana: you have a five day notice to vacate your houses and head inland. Hurricane Brett and the Vikings are coming to plunder and pillage. The devastation is expected to hit land January 24th.
Ha, ha.

Favre county you should be good though:)
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Weatherman wrote:
**** WEATHER ALERT ****
People of the state of Louisiana: you have a five day notice to vacate your houses and head inland. Hurricane Brett and the Vikings are coming to plunder and pillage. The devastation is expected to hit land January 24th.
GOOD ONE! SKOL Vikings!
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Jan 21, 2010
 
All the negativity in this town sucks! Go Vikes, and put the Saints' Pants on the Ground!
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Along with pressuring Brees, the d-backs have to get up on the receivers and knock them off their routes, don't let them run freely down field. Make Bress get rid of the ball early and disrupt the receivers timing. If our o-line gives Brett time to pick out our guys, it'll be a long day for the Who dats!
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Jan 21, 2010
 
big10guy wrote:
Along with pressuring Brees, the d-backs have to get up on the receivers and knock them off their routes, don't let them run freely down field. Make Bress get rid of the ball early and disrupt the receivers timing. If our o-line gives Brett time to pick out our guys, it'll be a long day for the Who dats!
You're exactly right. That should always be key when you play the Cover 2. The bump by the corners gives the lineman an extra second to get to the QB. Plus it helps slow run plays to the outside. The Saints use a lot of swing passes, WR screens and double screens. So playing up on the WRs will help with that as well.

As far as offense, I think we might see a lot of screens and swing passes from our guys. The Saints do a lot of their blitzing up the middle as to where the Cowboys bring a lot from the edges. With Dallas, we just let them go to the outside and Brett just stepped up in the middle a lot. Brett's not gonna be able to step up with most of the Saints blitzes, so I see us letting the blitz come up the middle which will free up a lot of room in the flats. Thats what I've been watching, so I guess we'll see.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
K Williams will be ok, but Edwards could not rush on that knee when they took him out in the second half after one play. Big guy + sore knee = more than a 7 day recovery and likely out for Sundays game. Hope Robison and Kennedy are ready...
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Kennedy and Robison will just have to crank it up to full volume. It'll be their big opportunity. We've come too far to back down now. Skol Vikings.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
With two blockers on Allen, someone has to get through their blocks. Kennedy looked good on Sunday. They do need to bump and jam on the line to slow down the Saints receivers and through off the timing of routes. The Viking players have to be jacked up. They aren't getting the bulk of press again this week and that is OK as they know what they have to do. SKOL Vikings!
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Jan 21, 2010
 
If they are really concerned about stopping the run, just put Adrian Peterson on the defensive line.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Are the Vikings for real? They scored 44-7 against the Giants and 34-3 against the Cowboys. They look good during the interviews. I hope they do their talking on the field by their performance. Unless they win their first Super Bowl, it would be difficult to get the respect from football fans and sportswriters.
Sports analyst say AD has to have a huge game performance. That, and all the other players from offense, defense, and specialty teams have to contribute, guys like Berrian, Harvin, Dugan, Kleinsasser, Taylor and Young of the running backs crew, and most especially the much maligned Vikings secondary. If Brees have a Tony Romo-type of day and AD has an outstanding game, I think they advance to the Super Bowl and win their first elusive title. Go Vikings!

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