Packers: Behind Enemy Lines II

Senior writer jclombardi talks about Vikings vs Packers game.

Introduction: We talked to Nick at Mn Vikings about the Sunday Packers vs Vikings game.  We present our questions and his answers.

Jclombardi:  What are the strengths of the Vikings?

Nick: The biggest strength of the Minnesota Vikings game is by far our run game.  Adrian Peterson is no doubt the best running back in the entire NFL.  If you can’t stop A.P. then he single handedly can win games for the Vikings.     Our receiving corps compliment each other very well.  Rice and Harvin are both extremely athletic and are just in their early years in the NFL.  Shianco is a very physical TE and is a great target in the end zone.  Finally our defensive routinely is one of the best in the NFL.  While age is starting to get the best of some of our talented players we still are ranking in the top 10 even with the teams struggles this year.

Jclombardi: What are the weaknesses of the Vikings?

Nick: Despite Favre’s fantastic play last year the QB situation continues to haunt the Minnesota Vikings this year.  While it’s easy to place blame on Favre, the reality is that our Offensive line needs improvement.  Losing Birk was unfortunate and we have always had an issue with our right guard position.  Not resigning Chester Taylor was a mistake and we sorely miss his ability to pick up the blitz.   Look for QB and OL to be our main focus on the upcoming draft.

Jclombardi: Do you think QB Favre should have comeback for another year considering the 3-6 record and is this Favre’s super bowl or “final harrah” game involving the Packers for his final NFL year?

Nick: Favre had one hell of a season last year.  For anyone to hold him to these standards is being ridiculous.  But yes, I do believe he should have come b.ack.  There was no reason to foresee the issues that this team is having this year.  No doubt the last minute surgery to Sidney Rice was unfortunate I blame a lot of our faults on the coaching staff.  As for the ‘super bowl’ against the Packers I do believe Favre will do everything in his power to pull a victory off this weekend.  Favre is a very dangerous man when he’s motivated.  Don’t put it past him to pull out some crazy stats this weekend.

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Jclombardi: What game plan will the Vikings be using to beat the Packers?

Nick: The Vikings need to run the ball early and often.  Setting up the run will have a direct correlation with the success of our passing game.  With the Packers having impressive CB in Woodson and Williams it will be very important to get Harvin going over the middle and taking advantage of any Linebacker covering Shianco.   The Vikings defense absolutely has to shut down the Packers run game in order to make them one dimensional in the second half.  Getting pressure on Rodgers will be a big determinate in how many points the Packers score this Sunday.

Jclombardi: After this disappointing Viking season with the predictable reactions, will coach Childress be fired along with a major front office shake up?

Nick: I personally have never been a fan of Childress since the day he replaced Tice.  While you can appreciate the ‘no-BS’ attitude he has he just isn’t a quality coach in this league.  I believe his biggest issue is the inability to adapt a game plan to any game in process.  I believe Coach Childress holds this team back and his conservative play-calling isn’t appropriate for the amount of talent this team has.    I don’t believe this is a secret to anyone, however the real question is whether or not Zygi Wilf wants to admit that he was wrong for giving Childress an extension mid season last year.  To eat that contract would be clearly admitting that he was wrong.   We can only hope that Wilf will make the right choice.

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Commentary: In his “Weekly Predictions Viking vs Packers“, Nick talks about the keys to game predicting the Vikings will win 31-17. We note that Viking Update is the same laughable way ending with a hope for a win against the hard cold realities.  In the end, who cares when Favre leaves and/or when Childress is fired, but it is the Vikings super bowl in Minnesota, the NFL drama capital. In the NFL, the only worse fact is that the “unbearable” bad Bears are 7-3.  How things have changed in a NFC year.  For the Packers, this is a must win game.

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