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Viking View (11/05/2008)
By John Edstrom

Vikes looking better ...bring on the Cheese

Well fans, this would be the first time this season that the Vikes led the whole game. Even at that it was a nail-biter, but give the Purple defense credit for finally turning in a good performance against a first class offense. Sure, the Texans riddled the Vikes secondary for 327 yards, but finally a team that abandoned the run against the Purple paid a price in turnovers and total points scored.

Houston QBs Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels made a lot of great throws under pressure and piled up the yards, but inevitably the pass rush created turnovers or stopped drives short. Fumbles and interceptions will always have their element of luck, but when a QB is under consistent pressure to get rid of the ball or be plowed under, he is far more prone to those mistakes. The Houston QBs threw their two interceptions and fumbled while under a fierce pass rush these errors were not unforced. The strategy of taking away the pass over the top to star Texan wideout Andre Johnson and forcing them to sustain long drives actually worked, and Brad Childress deserves credit.

Whether he deserves credit or not for a game finally and mercifully low on penalties, stupid mistakes, and special teams disasters, that was an equally important component of the victory. The buck stops with the head coach.

My wife thinks it is childish of me to yell and swear at the TV while watching football. I must own that she is right, and have cut down on the blue streaks over the years except on such occasions as penalties called for holding on running plays to the other side of the line, goon roughing, or walkabout illegal motion by millionaire players whose minds have wandered. Sunday was an unusually tranquil day in the TV room.

Gus Frerotte seems to be progressively vindicating the Chillers abrupt decision (assuming it was his and not that of the Wilfs) to bench T. Jackson in his favor. Sunday he threw for three TDs and only one interception, which was a ball that Bernard Berrian should have caught. It was enough to make the Texans wander in their attention to Adrian Peterson, whose long runs in the second half were reminiscent of his great games last year. Twenty-eight points scored by a balanced offense is enough to win most games in the NFL, particularly when there is a decent defense to back it up.

Next comes the Cheeseheads to the Hump, another chapter in a cherished rivalry, sure to spike beer sales and set up a demented rant and barbaric yawp over the tavern rooftops in middle America. The Vikes will be in their own park. They have shown the offense now, and the defense all along to beat the Pack, if they dont cripple themselves with catastrophic mistakes, particularly on special teams.

Let me make this rather eccentric prediction should the Vikes ruin no long gain with a motion or holding penalty, nor make any egregious special teams gaffes, they will beat the Pack on Sunday.

Talk back! Tell us what you think of this years teams. What would you do if you were in charge?

Go to winonapost.com, click on Football Forum to discuss this years season.



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