Most NFL teams have spent the past few days studying film of their opponent and game planning against tendencies, strengths and weaknesses. But the Vikings don’t have an opponent this week because they have their bye week.
The next time the Vikings suit up will be on November 15 against the Detroit Lions, a team they beat 27-13 in Week 2 at Ford Field. With one game against the Lions already under their belt, the Vikings coaching staff will have a little extra evidence to examine as they prepare for their next game.
But Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said that even though they’ve had this extra week to prepare for Detroit, they’ll spend some of the extra time studying themselves, too.
“We’re more focused on us this week than anything, Childress said. “We’ve played Detroit once. Obviously we’ll spend time looking at their game this coming Sunday, but there is nothing we can do about that right now.
“But really (it is) more looking at us. You always look at yourself differently right after a game when you are grading plays, than when you put that tape down and come back to it a day or two later, or a week or two later.”
Aside from grading players’ performances to this point in the season, the Vikings coaches will also examine their own tendencies. Does the offense run only certain plays in certain situations? Does the defense tend to blitz more heavily in one scenario versus another? These are both questions, along with many others, that the Vikings will answer about themselves as they do some self-correcting and self-scouting heading into the 2nd half of the season.
“We do a lot of self scouting things where things kind of jump at you and you go, ‘Jeez you realize we do that?’” Childress explained. “Even though we do it through a computer by virtue of numbers and you can access the video by virtue of numbers, you look it in a little different light when you step away and look back on it.”
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