Mighty surprise

Mighty surprise

There are 20 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 23, 2008, titled Mighty surprise. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans watches on against the Houston Texans during their game at LP Field on September 21, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Archangel

Benson, MN

#1 Sep 24, 2008
Sure, The Vikings can win this game. But, early before pre-season, when I saw the schedule, THIS was the game that worried me the most.
William

Tucson, AZ

#2 Sep 24, 2008
If the vikes can get by these guys I think the entire year turns around. If they drop to 1-3 I think it turns into a long year and has Brad and company updating their resumes.
Kdogg

United States

#3 Sep 24, 2008
They need to put serious pressure on collins to have a chance. He will pick you apart if you let him. Their defense looks stingy on paper. Not too sure how to read them since they played the Bungles and Texans...
Waders

Marana, AZ

#5 Sep 24, 2008
The schedule worried me also Dan. This is another tough game but it is possible to win it, but we are dogs from Vegas to NY.
COPDd

Nevis, MN

#8 Sep 24, 2008
The Vikings match up very well w/the Titans. Although the Titan's running game is the real deal, they are mediocre through the air. Run stopping is the Vikings' strength, and their pass rush will keep Tennessee from moving the ball, consistently, through the air. They will, therefore, keep Tennessee to under two touchdowns, or between 10 & 13 points. The difficulty will be for Minnesota to get the 14 points they need from one of the top three defenses in the league. In order to win, the Vikings will need one defensive score.
team going nowhere

United States

#9 Sep 24, 2008
Same defense the titans had last year only better the vikings offense has no chance Gus will not be able to win this one.
team going nowhere

United States

#11 Sep 24, 2008
dan in PHoenix wrote:
<quoted text>you got a big freaking mouth but thats ok cuz come sunday you'll have a big plate of crow waiting for you.GO QUEENS
Sorry just stating the truth Titans were #5 at stopping the run and #10 against the pass. And this year they have added more depth to an already good defence.
SweetTEA

Jasper, GA

#12 Sep 24, 2008
That Titan Defense is SCARY good @ point allowed.

Since: Jul 08

Williamsburg, VA

#13 Sep 24, 2008
A loss here would have been easier to deal with, but Brad threw away the first two games IMO. The Vikes needed a spark and it looked to me like the Packers and the Colts set their games on challenging Tavrius to beat them....which he didn't. I one point I liked Childress (when he was with the Eagles). I think the Vikings would excell under a coach like Cowher. Again, just my opinion.
joeinTN

Murfreesboro, TN

#14 Sep 24, 2008
yeah gus has nothing on our secondary!!! and our rush def is indeniably one of the best. they had better give peterson like 35 touches to even have a chance
Archangel

Benson, MN

#15 Sep 24, 2008
Technically, The Vikes line up good against this sort of offense. TN has been rushing with well over half of their offensive plays, so far from the way that it looks.- That's tailor-made for MN's defense. Allen's the thing in the equation that TN fans posting here haven't really addressed. Allen requires TWO players. Then, there's the Williams'. I think that The Viking defense has a good chance of simply overwhelming TN's defensive line at times. Childress isn't the one calling defensive plays. On offense, if Hicks can hold on the blind side, the offense should be able to ding off a few passes. Frerotte should have the same receivers in there.(I think Sid The Kid'll be out for one more game) So, some familiarity should be there. Yes, The Vikes are facing a highly regarded defense. BUT, TN is facing an even higher rated one.(But with home advantage) Should be a pretty evenly matched game. I think The Vikings win by a slight margin. JARED ALLEN. I think that he'll be the big difference maker.

As a side note: Thanks Titan fans for not being the loud-mouthed *$$holes that GB has on here so often.(When they haven't lost. Like they did recently Lol)
Archangel

Benson, MN

#16 Sep 24, 2008
I meant OFFENSIVE LINE in the 7th sentence. Oops sorry.
Archangel

Benson, MN

#17 Sep 24, 2008
team going nowhere wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry just stating the truth Titans were #5 at stopping the run and #10 against the pass. And this year they have added more depth to an already good defence.


So has MN. to a already highly rated defense.
ZygiZag

Steen, MN

#18 Sep 24, 2008
The two teams are very much alike. Except the Titans have a better Special Teams and better coaching staff. (The later is almost a given in any game.) The Vikes can win this but they need some breaks like they got last week and they need to get ahead and cut down then penalties. 2-2 and the Pack could stumble against TBay. They beat the Lions and a TJ led offense that could only look good against the Lions. --- Sorry to see Millen go. I really liked him IN DETROIT. The Lions had a grat coach in Mike Martz and they let him go. I hope he is our head coach next year. Keep the expectations high Zygi, remember Superbowl or bust.
DWade

Nashville, TN

#20 Sep 25, 2008
From a Titans fan: This is a very good article, well researched and presented. Any chance you'd like a job at the Nashville newspaper? ;-) The Titans D is for real, but the Texans had some success in moving the ball - however, they were "stoned" 3 straight times on first and goal.

It should be a great game on Sunday. I know it's a very long drive (and gasoline is in short supply in Nashville) but we'd welcome fans from the Twin Cities to visit. The game is a sellout, but "ticket brokers" (aka scalpers) are LEGAL in Tennessee and there will be tickets available on eBay and at the stadium (probably 10% of the tickets might be sold). And in general, our fans are well behaved - there are some in every crowd, but hey, this isn't Philly. There's a lot to do in Nashville: live music of all types, from symphony to rock, hip-hop and country including the Opry and the honky-tonks downtown; museums; restaurants - and the forecast for the weekend is 82 degrees and partly cloudy! Extend your summer; come on down (and fill up your gas tank in Kentucky).
DWade

Nashville, TN

#21 Sep 25, 2008
Archangel wrote:
Technically, The Vikes line up good against this sort of offense. TN has been rushing with well over half of their offensive plays, so far from the way that it looks.- That's tailor-made for MN's defense. Allen's the thing in the equation that TN fans posting here haven't really addressed. Allen requires TWO players. Then, there's the Williams'. I think that The Viking defense has a good chance of simply overwhelming TN's defensive line at times. Childress isn't the one calling defensive plays. On offense, if Hicks can hold on the blind side, the offense should be able to ding off a few passes. Frerotte should have the same receivers in there.(I think Sid The Kid'll be out for one more game) So, some familiarity should be there. Yes, The Vikes are facing a highly regarded defense. BUT, TN is facing an even higher rated one.(But with home advantage) Should be a pretty evenly matched game. I think The Vikings win by a slight margin. JARED ALLEN. I think that he'll be the big difference maker.
As a side note: Thanks Titan fans for not being the loud-mouthed *$$holes that GB has on here so often.(When they haven't lost. Like they did recently Lol)
Make note of the names Michael Roos and David Stewart - offensive left and right tackles respectively. Mr. Allen will certainly know them by the end of Sunday.
DWade

Nashville, TN

#22 Sep 25, 2008
CT Viking Fan wrote:
We might see a lot of offensive formations like we used against Indy, ie., more TE and FB sets to slow down the pass rush and open up some running room. Hopefully Gus can make better use of this than T-Jack did. Look for a lot of TE and Slot passes over the middle to keep the SS and LB's honest. The Titans did give up some rushing yards last week but I expect them to do a good job of patching up those holes with AP coming to town. If Tennessee's defense is overly aggressive AP could have another "San Diego" day. Otherwise, this will probably be a game for the kickers to decide.
And yes, the Tennesse fans visiting this site have been good sports. Thanks for that.
You're welcome. Class appreciates class.

Since: Sep 08

The Colony, TX

#24 Sep 25, 2008
Titans Fan here. The game will come down to the oLine and Dlines. Both teams have great DLines. Titans OLine is pretty good, but I do not know much about the Vikings Oline. The one 50 yd run by the Texans was a missed tackle in the backfield, but thats spilt milk, he got it and it counts. AllDay Peterson worries me as Chris Johnson should woorry you guys. The rest of our D is really good, the one weak spot would be Nick Harper and if you guys run reverses (we tend to over pursue). Good luck, but not too much. :)
JoshC in Nashville

Tullahoma, TN

#25 Sep 25, 2008
When I looked at the Titans schedule before the season, I was most worried about this game. I think this is our (Titans) biggest barrier to starting 6-0 this year. I'm a realist, I understand that Baltimore or KC might pull ahead of us early and stay up top, but I'm much more concerned about our ability to stop AP than our ability to stop LT. If I weren't a Titans fan, this would've been one of the hardest games to pick this week, and I think it will be a great one to watch.
Debo

Blacksburg, VA

#26 Sep 25, 2008
Yet another Titan fan. I know if you look at the start each team has had, and their records, it starts to look like a cakewalk stat-wise. Any intelligent fan knows not to put much stock in that. The Vikes' D-line is as dangerous as any out there (just like ours ;), not to mention probably the best RB in football, with a backup that's better than most starters in the league. It's a scary matchup for our guys, but I'm looking forward to a heck of a game!

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