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Turning the Page And Looking Ahead

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2009 – 8:57 am

It’s normally not until Wednesday morning that we turn the page here on the vikings.com Blog and look forward to the coming weekend’s matchup. But with how well the Vikings played on Sunday and the hear-breaking fashion in which they lost, let’s turn the page a day earlier and forget about Week 7.

Let’s look ahead to this week’s epic showdown with Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

Per our normal schedule, I won’t “set the table” for this matchup until Wednesday morning. But let’s look at one of this week’s crucial matchups – the QB position.

In similar fashion to the Brett Favre vs. Ben Roethlisberger matchup, this week’s battle between Favre and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers features 2 of the league’s premier signal callers through 7 weeks.

Rodgers enters this week with a 110.8 passer rating, 2nd best in the NFL, while Favre boasts a 102.2 rating, which is 6th best. Favre is 3rd in the NFL with a 68.9% completion rate and 5th in the league with 157 completions, while Rodgers is #1 in yards per pass attempt (9.25) and 6th in passing yards (1,702). Together, Favre and Rodgers have combined for 23 TDs and just 5 INTs.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was asked if the challenges Rodgers poses will be similar to those that Roethlisberger presented last week.

“They are two very different offenses,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said Monday. “But from the stand point of them both having big arms and being able to see, both being able keep plays alive going outside the pocket, I’d say ‘yeah.'”


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7 Responses to “Turning the Page And Looking Ahead”

  1. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings, 6-0, must win to keep the lead in the NFC North over the Packers, 4-2.

    Next week, the Vikings have a bye, and the Packers have an automatic victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 0-7.

  2. By Tonto 2 dawgs on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    Establish running game and play defense like you did in Pittsburgh.

  3. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings are only 1-1 on a natural, grass playing field this year.

    I hope they’re practicing outside this week.

  4. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    First of all, I’m a Favre fan and a Viking fan. I just think something needs to be said on this.

    Favre should stop making so many quick sideline throws to wide receivers. He is doing that whenever cornerbacks are playing a little off the wide receivers.

    Those side-to-side throws are really hurting the running game. Favre is apparently checking out of running plays to make those throws.

    The running game succeeds only because it wears down opposing defenses. Without giving sufficient carries to Peterson, Taylor, and, hopefully, Young, the opposing front seven will not be worn down and the running attack will never completely develop.

    Favre has to realize that he has a co-star on this team, Adrian Peterson, and that he must let the running backs carry their share of the load.

    Favre is going to wear out his arm if he doesn’t give the running game more of a chance to succeed. Then he will need to throw 40 to 50 times a game, which will result in another arm injury like last year. Favre was great with the Jets for the first half of last season. He threw a lot. Then his arm got hurt. That pattern is occurring again with the Vikings.

    Definitely check out of some runs. In many cases, though, just run the ball. The offensive line and the running backs can get the job done. They have in the past, and they will again this year. When they put 8 in the box, if AP gets past them, he can break off a long gain.

    Go Favre! Go Vikings!

  5. By purple08 on Oct 29, 2009 | Reply

    hey favre fan from afar, SHADDAP!

  6. By Viking-ology on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Vikings need to show who the dominant team is against GB. Impose your will on the pack! GO VIKINGS!!

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