Familiar Opponent With A New Twist

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 29, 2009 – 9:13 am

On Monday night at the Metrodome, a pair of teams who are very familiar with one another will renew their rivalry. For the 7th time since becoming head coach of the Vikings, Brad Childress will face NFC North rival Green Bay.

In the 7 games Childress and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have coached against one another since 2006, each man and his staff has gotten familiar with the opposing personnel. But there’s an added twist for each team in their preparations for this season’s pair of games.

The Packers defense will go to work against a man who led the Green Bay offense for 16 seasons – Brett Favre.

“I’m curious to see what he’s doing, what they’re asking him to do, how he’s playing with the new skill-position players that he’s with,” McCarthy said, according to

On the Vikings side of things, Childress and his offensive staff will have to deal with learning how Green Bay runs their new 3-4 defense. Previously, the Packers employed the 4-3 as their base defense. But with Dom Capers added during the offseason as defensive coordinator, Green Bay made the switch to the 3-4.

Although the Vikings faced 3 preseason opponents who run the 3-4 as well as 2 regular season opponents who also run the scheme (Cleveland and San Francisco), there is still learning to be done because each team runs the 3-4 a little bit differently.

“The most interesting thing is to see how Dom (Capers) is playing his version of the 3-4,” Childress said when addressing his team’s preparation strategy for Monday’s game. “He is a little bit out of the Pittsburgh mold in terms of his fire storm stuff. He and Dick LeBeau worked together before and so he was up close and personal when it first started. I am anxious to get in there and look at it.

“From that standpoint there is no familiarity, just because it is a completely different scheme. The personnel, some are the same. (Aaron) Kampman is playing a different position, playing standing up. You are familiar with the guy, but not what they are asking him to do right now.”

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9 Responses to “Familiar Opponent With A New Twist”

  1. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    One factor is that the Packers know Favre’s tendencies very well.

    We need to run the ball in this game.

  2. By favrebacker on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Being a “Packerbacker” for so many years, it amazed me how the long ball got by our backs. It would be nice to see the tradition continue this week.

  3. By ibleedpurple on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    One thing is for sure. Our pass rush has definitely got to improve for this game. And Favrebacker, I agree completely. If the O-line can give Brett that extra second of time he can really make them pay it deep.

  4. By PurpleReign on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    I expect to see another level of intensity this week with both O and D lines. I have a feeling our D is going to be elevated even more – particularly the pass rush. If we can make Aaron Rogers very uncomfortable back there he is going to have a long day in the loud dome!

  5. By PAVikesFan on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    That’s for sure, they do know his tendencies, but u think he knows them as well?…we need a pa-ss rush, a consistent pa-ss rush. I’ve noticed our ‘D’ has looked soft, what I mean by that is we’re playing base defenses, our blitzes are taking way too long to develop. Our guys aren’t getting there. Kevin Williams has got to exert himself in the middle as a pa-ss rusher. Our o-line has got to do better. Aaron Kampman always seems to have a big game against us. Stay away from Charles Woodson. Favre may be too amped up for this game, wanting to prove himself to Ted Thompson. I’m a bit worried he may force some crazy throws in this one, as if to tell them,”yeah, I still got some left, baby”…and hopefully that does happen

  6. By PAVikesFan on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Brownicus, r u out there anymore???…Haven’t seen ur name in here in a while. I always liked ur posts, come on back.

  7. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Does anyone know yet what that Delay of Game call was on our defense? All I can figure is that our twelfth man was getting too loud and the ref wanted to quiet us down a bit! The Green Bay game is going to be MUCH crazier/louder, so I wonder how many flags the fans will draw this week?

  8. By Dan Kuyek on Oct 3, 2009 | Reply

    Good comments, all. I think we will see better protection for Favre in Monday’s game. Not because of better performance from the o-line, but from Favre’s first half burning of the 49’r blitz. In the first two games, no one was afraid of His arm, they knew the timing wasn’t down, eight man box into none stop blitzs.

    In that first half, Favre established his passing game, AP not being 100%, and forced the SF defence to back off a bit.Note the time Favre had on THE PLAY.He burned their blitz This will not be lost upon the game planning by the peck, err, packers. you still have to blitz Favre to beat him, just ask us, but you had better do it right or he will eat you up.

    Game 3 was a big step for the offence, re the passing game, alot of head work for the recieving corps to get to HIS level,but a big step.

    AP is still the offensive star of this team, but, Favre took over Sunday as the leader of this team. Not a RB, not a WR, but the QB!! first time since Tarkington.

    Vikes by ten.


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