Will Grant Be The Streak Stopper?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 30, 2009 – 2:55 pm

The Vikings defense is in the middle of an impressive streak – it’s been 26 games since a RB has gained 100 yards in one game against the Williams Wall and Co.

That last RB to register a 100-yard game against the Vikings? Green Bay’s Ryan Grant, who rushed for 119 yards and 1 TD on 25 carries back in Week 10 of the 2007 season. And of course you know Grant and the Packers will visit the Vikings this week on Monday Night Football.

Aside from defeating the Vikings at home, on Monday Night Football and with Brett Favre under center, the Packers might like nothing more than to end the Vikings impressive streak.

Going back even further than Grant’s 100-yard game in 2007, you have to go back to Week 17 of the 2006 season to find the next RB to rush for 100 against the Vikings. Steven Jackson had a good day, rushing for 142 yards and 3 scores on 25 carries.

Let’s go one step further. At the risk of getting ahead of ourselves here, it would be a fun storyline to follow if the Vikings make it to Week 6 without allowing a 100-yard rusher. The Baltimore Ravens come to town that week, and they currently hold the longest streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher (37). It would be fun to watch Adrian Peterson go up against the Ravens and their impressive streak and then have Baltimore try and counter with C Matt Birk and the 3-headed rushing attack of La’Ron McClain, Willis McGahee and Ray Rice.

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Lambeau Rodgers or Metrodome Rodgers?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 30, 2009 – 10:54 am

Much of the hype surrounding Monday night’s Vikings-Packers game will center around Vikings QB Brett Favre. After 16 years of suiting up for the green and gold to battle the Vikings, Favre will now wear purple and gold and try to defeat the Packers.

But there’s another QB in the game whose performance will help determine the outcome of the game – Aaron Rodgers. In 2 games against the Vikings last year, Rodgers couldn’t have had 2 different kinds of starts.

In Lambeau, he was efficient and productive while leading Green Bay to a 24-19 season-opening win on Monday Night Football. Rodgers was 18 of 22 that evening for 178 yards and 1 TD. He had a passer rating of 115.5, was sacked 0 times and even had 8 carries for 35 yards and 1 TD.

In the Metrodome 9 weeks later, Rodgers wasn’t nearly as good. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 142 yards with 0 TDs. His passer rating was just 72.9, he had only 1 rush for 1 yard and he was sacked 4 times. On top of all that, he was responsible for 2 safeties, one via penalty and another when DE Jared Allen ran him down in the endzone. The Vikings won 28-27 along the way to winning the NFC North title.

Standing near his locker on Tuesday, Vikings DT Kevin Williams was asked about Rodgers. He pointed out the differences in Rodgers 2 starts, and said it was clear that the QB was much more comfortable in Week 1 last year than he was later in the season at the Metrodome.

Now that they have 2 games of experience against him, Williams said the Vikings defense should be more prepared and will have a plan of attack.

“That first game last year, we didn’t know what to expect and didn’t realize he could run so well,” Williams said. “We’re going to keep that in the back of our mind and keep him under wraps like we did in the second game; keep him in the pocket and make him throw it.”

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