The Trickle Down Effect

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 17, 2009 – 11:03 am

The blog entry before this one featured some praise from Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz about Vikings DT Kevin Williams. So it’s fitting then to mention that yesterday Vikings S Tyrell Johnson spoke about the influence the defensive line has on the entire defensive unit.

“It does start up front and Kevin is a big leader for our team,” Johnson said yesterday after practice. “He and Pat and the whole defensive line, when you see those guys making plays up front and you see their enthusiasm, it does trickle down to the secondary and linebackers and it makes us want to play that much better.”

The Lions offense will have a tough time on Sunday if the Vikings are somehow able to manage to play better than they did on Sunday. On the surface, Cleveland scored 20 points. But when you consider that 7 of them were the product of a punt return and 7 more came via a late-game TD that was trivial, you can see that the Vikings defense was dominant all day.

The Vikings held Cleveland to 3 of 12 on 3rd downs, forced 2 turnovers and kept Browns possessions to 4 plays or fewer a total of 7 times in 12 possessions. In fact, Cleveland penetrated Minnesota territory just 3 times all day.

But each game stands on its own merits and the Vikings defense will have to regroup on Sunday and put forth another solid effort to aide in a road victory.

Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will meet with local reporters today following practice, so it’ll be interesting what he has to say about the Lions offense.

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