Vikings Prepared For “Angry” Ravens Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 16, 2009 – 9:21 am

Heading into last weekend, the Vikings streak of 27 straight games of not allowing a 100-yard rushing individual was 2nd to the Baltimore Ravens streak of 38 consecutive games.

While the Vikings held Rams RB Steven Jackson under the 100-yard mark to increase their streak to 28 games, the Ravens surrendered 120 yards to Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson, ending their impressive streak.

So now, as Vikings prepare to host a Ravens team that has lost 2 consecutive close games and a Ravens defense that is chomping at the bit to begin a new streak against opposing RBs, they know this Baltimore defense will be an angry one.

“You will see an angry defense,” Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “We have to match the intensity that they are going to bring. We pride ourselves on running the ball. We would like to be the second one in a row to rush for over a hundred yards, but that is going to be a challenge.”

Although Peterson has more rushing yards through 5 games this year than he had through 5 games last year, he only has one 100-yard rushing performance in 2009. And in order to log his 2nd such game this weekend against Baltimore, Peterson says he can learn a lot from watching Benson’s performance last week.

“Watching Benson and some of the things he did, he was very patient with his runs and his reads,” Peterson said. “He did a good job of being patient and just making that one cut and getting up field. There are little things that I can watch and learn from.”

But Peterson was more than willing to put the thoughts of 100-yard rushing games aside and instead focus on the ultimate outcome.

“As far as our team coming in, we have our goals and we’re not going to let anybody come between that and stop that,” Peterson explained. “We are coming in focused on doing our jobs and coming up with a big win. It’s our last home game for the next (several) weeks. So it’s going to be exciting for the fans to be in there cheering us on and we are going to pull it out with a big win.”

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11 Responses to “Vikings Prepared For “Angry” Ravens Defense”

  1. By purplehorn on Oct 16, 2009 | Reply

    A.P. is confident and if the Vikings run it right at the Ravens strength- Lewis, and between the tackles, it will wear that tough defense down. This will be a great game that will come down to……..will.

  2. By Chris on Oct 16, 2009 | Reply

    I hope you guys are up for this one. There is little doubt it is going to be a DOG FIGHT!

    Don’t let us down fellas…and don’t forget to protect Favre!

  3. By Fogman on Oct 16, 2009 | Reply

    Pretty much a national televised game at 1PM EST. This will be a good and AP stands to have a big day. Don’t be surprised if you see afew offensive wrinkles here and there……Percy will also have a huge day. 28-17 win I will predict. Go Vikes!

  4. By jared on Oct 16, 2009 | Reply

    percy is going to be listed as questionable, don’t get ur hopes up.

  5. By PAVikesFan on Oct 17, 2009 | Reply

    This game will not be about AP. Since allowing their first 100 yard rusher in something like 46 games, there is almost no way that they allow back to back 100 yard rushers, especially since they r going up against the best back in the league. They will be out to prove something and that in itself will be extra motivation. This game will have to won by #4, no 2 ways about it. It’s going to be a chess match with their D. Also, our D is going to have to make plays as well. Our scoring defense is pretty good, but, we are allowing too many yards per game, especially in the pas-sing department. It looks to me as if we have a bend don’t break mentality, which is ok at times, but one of these games we are going to break and give up a 30 point game. In the past years, Vikings teams could never win against a physical team, we always had the flashy, put up points kind of team. I think we have changed that over the last few years, but these 2 games we have with 2 of the most physical teams will tell us where we stand and what kind of team we are.

  6. By SkolVikings on Oct 17, 2009 | Reply

    If Bernard Berrian going to be avaliable this week?

    This is going to be a dogfight, and I saw ESPN’s week predictions. If the Ravens don’t protect the run from the flats, watch out, AP is going to have a huge game.
    I really hope the Vikings pass defense looks better this week.

  7. By Chelsea Waldron on Oct 17, 2009 | Reply

    Hey I strongly believe in A.P. he and Favre will be the strong hold for the Vikings this season. Really gonna keep up with them.

  8. By Chelsea Waldron on Oct 17, 2009 | Reply

    The biggest A.P. fan out there

  9. By PAVikesFan on Oct 17, 2009 | Reply

    ‘Chelsea': AP is the man, no doubt about it, however, he hasn’t been getting good blocking, and he’s becoming impatient. He’s lloking to bounce every run outside, b/c he is frustrated with our o-line. If you think he’s going to have a big game, I think ur sadly mistaken. He couldn’t even get 100 off of the Lions and Rams.

  10. By Hakes on Oct 17, 2009 | Reply

    Vikings will probably have to let Favre pass to win this game. The Ravens are like 25th against the Pass. I say let Favre take over the game and go to 6-0.

  11. By blacknblue on Oct 18, 2009 | Reply

    I will have to agree AP looks majorly frustrated. In the past all his big runs have been up the gut or a cuback all I seenow are bounces off the middle and running around the outside improvising a botched play. See the look on his face when greenbay “mugged “him for that TD? I think that look hasen’t come off yet. There has been so much talk of him breaking 1700- 2k at this clip he can still do it but he needs a few breakout games. We can’t play the bears every week.

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