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Viking View (10/24/2007)
By John Edstrom

Vikes could be .500 after Oakland

...Then come the Giants in Joisey

ointment of Sunday's anemic offensive production against the Cowboys comes the news of Tarvaris Jackson's latest injury, to his right index finger. Will this have a deleterious effect on his already suspect passing accuracy? The question is a philosophical one. He won't be playing for a while, and that means he will miss no more passes which, otherwise, he surely would. Anyhow that is a way of looking at it, probably one of our more cheerful options.

The optimist would point out that the defense gave up only fourteen points against Dallas, but that would be to ignore the 381 total net yards that the Cowboys piled up. The Vikings still have very little pass defense, conceding the middle of the field in the short to medium passing attack. If they do not cover those routes more tightly it is difficult to see how they will ever hold any opponent to under 300 yards. And Sunday there was once again the tendency by the Purple defensive backs to grant the big cushion and then roar up furiously to miss the tackle. And did I mention how perplexed I was to observe no one at all covering Terrell Owens on the first Dallas TD?

Well, bring on Kelly Holcomb against the Eagles next week. It appears we will probably have him to abuse for the next three or for games, at least something different from Jackson. Unfortunately, they seem to share the same bad traits of inaccuracy and a certain constipation of the mental process in getting rid of the ball. Perhaps additional reps with the starting offense will spur improvement.

Last Sunday it seemed that Dallas started out with eight men in the box, and when that didn't stop the Vikes rushing attack, they committed nine much of the time. It wouldn't take a brilliant performance in the passing game to make most opponents pay heavily for such effrontery, and while the Eagles are not bad on defense, they are not the equal of Dallas.

The good news coming up is that of our next four opponents, only Green Bay has played better than .500 ball, and we get the other three at home. With a little passing offense to go with the Adrian and Chester show, the Vikes could also be a .500 football team when they make the traditionally disastrous trip to the Meadowlands in week 12. 


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