Vikings Secondary Will Be Tested Tonight

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 6, 2009 – 6:18 pm

All of the speculation can now go away – both the Vikings and Cardinals have submitted their list of inactive players. After all the dust settled, Cardinals QB Kurt Warner was active and will start tonight while the Vikings will once again be without CB Antoine Winfield.

As a result, the Vikings secondary will be further challenged tonight as they face an explosive offense that features an accurate and experienced QB (Warner) and a talented bunch of receivers, including Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Anquan Boldin.

With Winfield out of the game and given the Cardinals propensity to spread out their offense, the Vikings secondary depth will be tested tonight. Fortunately CB Benny Sapp, who was listed on the injury report this week, will be able to play. He’ll team with CBs Asher Allen and Karl Paymah to fill in for Winfield, something this trio of players has done well since Winfield has been out of the lineup.

But I also expect to see more of S Husain Abdullah. He is listed as a safety but Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has mentioned in the past that he trains at CB as well. If the Cardinals go to a lot of multiple-receiver sets, Abdullah could be tabbed to join some combination of CBs Cedric Griffin, Allen, Paymah and Sapp along with safeties Tyrell Johnson and Madieu Williams.

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28 Responses to “Vikings Secondary Will Be Tested Tonight”

  1. By mike martin on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    It looks like the NFL and the refs have kurt warner family night.. Iv seen MORE holding and BLAINTINGLY off. & def. pass interference on the Cards side BUT NO CALLS… JUST warners wife.. Whats the deal???

  2. By mike martin on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    It looks like the Pittsburg game all over AGAIN!!! Let them play and keep the game honest and NOT ONE SIDED

  3. By Doug Schulze on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    Offensive play calling has been horrible in the first half. What is with the inside shovel pass on the 5 yard line? The secondary is really being exposed and Winfield’s absence is very noticeable in the first half. Vikes better make some big adjustments to get pressure on Warner in the 2nd half if they are going to pull this one out.

  4. By mike martin on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    SEE WHAt I mean @ the NFL???? EVERYTIME announcers say A team stat SUCH AS Favre throwing INTS. THERE THEY COME… the NFL IS JUST LIKE the horses and Jia lia. ITS ALL RIGGED with the bookies in Vegas. PROVE ME WRONG and ill show you pigs fling out of MY ass.

  5. By jared on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    vikes r a joke

  6. By Doug Schulze on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    It sure does seem that way, but keep in mind that the announcers are constantly throwing out stats….most of it we don’t even pay attention to because they are like background noise (especially Collinsworth, Aikman and Buck)!

    Looks like the Vikes spent too much time laying around in the AZ sun before the game. They are flat and making the Cardinals look a lot better than they really are.

  7. By pedro on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    What is that Play Calling….. My sister can call better plays and she is 7. Señor Childress return the contract extension…. loosing by 3 posessions 10 minutes left…. 4th and 8 on the AZ 48… who cares MF you are LOOSING by 3 scores….. punt?? My a$$….. you should be coaching PLAY 60 or badmiton …. Let them play……

  8. By notfundinganewstadium on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    NO NEW STADIUM FOR THESE HALF TIME PLAYERS!! No superbowl playing this way boys!!!! No excuses for a beating by Arizona, unless to much partying in Pheonix!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By purple08 on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    I could not agree with you more Doug. Collinsworth and Buck are idiots. Aikman is O.K. Not alot of intensity out there tonight. Tragic injury to E.J. Henderson. Brutal broken leg was sickening to watch. Hope it is not a career ender. Very sad. Lot’s of people jumping off the band wagon already. Good riddance. Vikes are in trouble with injuries and I would really love to know when Winfield will be back. All the Favre a s s kissers can say goodbye to his MVP hopes. He stunk BIGTIME tonight. Should have played T-Jack in second half, we might have had a chance. Give it a break with the whining about bad calls. Mike Martin, your comments are ridiculous. They talk about Favres INT’s every week. It was only a matter of time. He had many chances to check down but instead got greedy and tried to fit the ball into a tight space. Too many people talking about MVP award went to his head. Good! Saints got lucky today. Forget about homefield advantage. Let’s see how we can rebound from a whooping.

  10. By tradjety on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    First I really hope EJ makes a full recovery and it is a huge blow would love to see us make a move to bring in a vet … maybe a derrick brooks for some veteran leadership at LB although Brinkley looked good foor his 10 minutes … Second I seen more plays from J. Sanford at safety in 1 quarter than i have seen from tyrell johnson all year … maybe its a good thing not to see anything from a corner meaning he has his guy covered and the opponent looks elsewhere but a safety … I havent seen any playmaking ability from johnson and he had 2 really bad plays in the game tonight ( missed tackles ) we really need some help in the secondary please do like the saints chilly and find a mike mckenzie or a chris mcallister ….. PLEEEEEEAS!!!!!!!!

  11. By tradjety on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    tyrell johnson sux

  12. By PAVikesFan on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    waited a while for cooler heads to prevail…When EJ got hurt, I was at first in shock, then depressed, then I had to take a walk and began to get angry. It’s one thing to lose a game, it’s another thing for this to happen, it’s like the football gods are torturing us…How are we gonna mask this injury?..we have a rookie LB playing MLB in December and into January, Leslie Frazier is going to have to come up with some exotic looks or our front 4 is going to have to dominate…I give credit to the Cardinals, they completely dominated us in every phase of the game..they were more physical then we were and our guys didn’t match their intensity, they wanted it more than us, bottom line…this was a tough loss to take, we were exposed and hopefully we can bounce back…if we are what we thought we were, and that is a championship team, then we will overcome this loss

  13. By PAVikesFan on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    One more thing, I have been saying for most of this year that our safeties are our weak link and it showed tonight…also, I have been constantly preaching about being coc-ky and over-confident, to the fans, be humble…I think our players bought into all the hype as well.

  14. By tradjety on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    right and tyrell johnson sux

  15. By blacknblue on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    I’m 2sided on this, 1 we needed an as* kicking to hopefuly get some focus. I’ll take the 2 losses, 1 per half of the season any day. I agree we made cards better than they look. 2. We looked aweful! There wasn’t 1 bright spot. Can we make a bleeding hole for AP? That looked pathetic, no passrush, coverage was what it has been and now everyone is going to say we STILL can’t beat a team with a winning record. Don’t talk about us beating GB twice either. Where were those deep throws when we still had a chance early in the game? Anyone ever come back for the ball? Left brett out to dry on some of those plays. Bottom line is we showed up but not to play.

  16. By tradjety on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    and dont forget the absolute horrendous play from our safeties … absolutely no coverage or tackling ability … tyrell johnson sux

  17. By blacknblue on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    In comments to the above issues of corners and safeties. Think we all knew our secondary was weak but was overshadowed by the Favre show. Before the season even started and we lost sharper I was asking myself what they they were thinking. I missed the broken leg play, I was too disgusted after another 3 and out and switched to something else for a while. We HAVE to get O line to make some holes for AP or we are lost, favre CAN”T walk on water as so many here and on other web boards think. I wasn’t a hater but very sceptical and he shut me up good, 1 game won’t change that but I think he’s been brought back down to earth and in a way that’s a good thing. The last thing I want now is for favre to think he needs to carry the team on his back even more, we are better than this.

  18. By moorevikes on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    well said 08, don’t know about pulling favre at halftime though. i know you don’t like him (favre) but t jack has had more than enough chances, and i was a big supporter of him as well and who knows he might be able to take that raw talent and become a qb that isn’t affraid to pull the trigger. i think alot of it had to be chilly not having confidence in him but enough of that old story. i just don’t think you pull the guy who was a pretty good part of getting us to 10-1 (at that point) just because he has a bad game. if that were the case the whole def with the exception of big pat w should have been pulled. way too many def penalties and it looked like they went back to not wrapping up. it was just a bad night but we do have to avenge it next week against cincy. an even bigger part to why i think we lost was simply getting out coached. just a minor set back vike fans. go vikes 10-2 (superbowl bound)

  19. By PAVikesFan on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    ‘blacknblue’: ur a man of reason, very realistic and not over the top in ur comments…it is what it is basically and I am absolutely on the same page as u…i think there are many things to be taken from this game and learn from them…and when we don’t get any pressure from our front 4 we get torched in the secondary…there was no pressure all game long, thing is , if Jared Allen is getting double-teamed, then that singles up our 2 big boyz in the middle and Edwards, so, to me, one of those guys has to step up, then that can ultimately free Jared from double-teams…Are we better than this??? I’m not sure we are…it looks good when u beat teams like DET(twice), STL, CLE, SEA…we shall see…but we can learn from this, let’s see how we finish December, when football really counts…I always said football “really” counts after Thanksgiving, see Dallas for example

  20. By moorevikes on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    PA, really? do you think that a fan having confidence in their team is what our down fall will be. please. i know that all the aints fans and colts fans are just telling everyone 12-0 is nice but dont get too co cky or else we’ll lose. you know what forget the aints i hope they go undefeated so we can spank um on their turf in the nfc champ game. i hope the colts go undefeated so we can spank um in the superbowl. go vikes

  21. By tradjety on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    OK look i agree with both PA and blablue i am just coming from an angle of maybe somebody in vikingland actually cares what we trhink as fans and might just maybe read these coments and yes i do believe when winfield comes back we will be a lot better but i just want someone in the front office to hear me … our safeties are awfull and we have a good team with some holes just like every team but saints are undefeated and they go get 2 outstanding corners … they are undefeated and signing good veterans and we just sit and put another rookie or special teams player in a position to fail and so you get me just saying tyrell johnson sux cause i feel that is our worst starter at this point and time …

  22. By Nino on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    You lost, now stop crying and get over sound like the dam cowboys, whenever they lost, the only thing you hear are what if. or start with all the excuses. suck it up and go on. every team are able to lose. dont be so dam shocked and dont be cry babys.

  23. By PAVikesFan on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    Woke up today, depressed, thinking about our guy EJ, terribly saddened for him, we will miss him tremendously…maybe there is someone out there we can sign, I don’t know how rookie Jasper Brinkley is going to perform…Tedy Bruschi anyone??…that was one of the worst games we have played over the last few years, pretty much embarras-sing…I don’t know how they are going to respond this week, but, let’s hope they come out like a ball of fire this week against Cincy…Cincy is another team that everyone is over-looking, they swept Pittsburgh and Baltimore this year, they beat GB, they have some quality wins…our safeties have to actually show up and play, b/c Ochocinco and co. will have a field day if we don’t cover people.

  24. By hank on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    yes,the vikes played lazy but i saw 2 bad non calls against minny one the corner for the cards never looked back and ran right into the receiver…and that call is always made

  25. By dmac32 on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    I thought i was the onle one who saw that guy face guarding Berrian. That’s called 99% of the time. Like some have said, we may have needed this whooping to regain our focus. I hate to see EJ gone (he was having a great season), but I think that Winfield will be back this week. I foresee us playing the role of Atlanta in 1998. Let’s go and “unleash h e l l” on the Bengals.

  26. By hank on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    hey nino, nobody wants to talk to you?

  27. By purple08 on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    Moorevikes, you are totally right. I made those Favre comments immediately after the game and was still angry and shocked by the Henderson injury. The 10-12 beers I had that day did not help at all! I was pretty choked up watching Erin holding E.J.’s hand as they carted him of the field. It was spooky when it happened…commentators kind of just went quiet and you knew it was bad. I was glad they did not show the replay over and over. They showed it once and realised how graphic it was and did not show it again. good job. We really need to come out hard and physical against Cincy. No turnovers! Let’s get AP going. Give him the ball minimum 30 times, just keep pounding it!

  28. By pay credit report on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    The positive energy and encouragent we give will return back to us in the same way.

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