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Sullivan Talks About Facing Dallas’ Defensive Front

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 10, 2010 – 3:05 pm

The Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in convincing fashion for the 2nd consecutive week. Last week they shutout Philly’s offense, winning 24-0 to secure the NFC East title, and then on Saturday night they logged a dominant 34-14 victory to advance to the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs.

Dallas’ offense played well in both games, racking up 900 total yards of offense and 58 total points. But the output actually became overkill because of how great the Cowboys defense played. Holding an offense such as the Eagles to just 14 points in 2 games is an impressive accomplishment.

Paramount in the Cowboys defensive success against the Eagles was the effort of their defensive linemen, who registered 6.0 of the team’s 7.0 sacks in the 2 games. The unit is led by DE DeMarcus Ware, who had 11.0 sacks in the regular season and has 64.5 during his 5-year career.

Asked about the Cowboys defense on Sunday in the locker room following practice, Vikings C John Sullivan acknowledged the challenge ahead but also was confident in his team’s chances.

“We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us,” Sullivan said. “They’re a good defense; very physical, athletic front. But our coaches will put together a game plan that we’ll go out and execute and hopefully it’ll be successful.”

Part of Sullivan’s confidence is the experience the Vikings have gained this season in playing 3-4 defensive schemes, which is the unit Dallas features. The Vikings played a 3-4 front 3 times in the preseason and then 6 times in their first 8 games.

“They’re a 3-4 front by personnel and we’re preparing for all the looks they put on tape,” Sullivan explained. “We’re experienced against any front we could possibly see; I think we’ve seen them all this year. We’ll just go out there, run our normal 3-4 rules and if we can execute we should do well.”

Sullivan is drawing upon his experience in the regular season against the scheme Dallas runs. But this is the postseason, and Sullivan will be making his first career start at center in the postseason against the Cowboys on Sunday.

“Everybody says the tempo picks up a little bit in the postseason,” Sullivan said. “But I expect it’ll be like the first sixteen games of the season. I think guys play hard all the time; maybe I’m naïve to think that (laughter).

“I’m out there playing my hardest every week, so I assume the defensive guys are.”


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6 Responses to “Sullivan Talks About Facing Dallas’ Defensive Front”

  1. By Jack on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    skol vikes

  2. By Mike on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Viqueens don’t stand a chance

  3. By Cowboy Mojo on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes 2-2 last four games–not good–then bye-week=–hard to focus,will not be sharp–hearing lots of negative comments. Dallas have 4 game win streak–
    2 shutouts back to back– has beaten an unbeaten team in a loud home field–
    been there done that!-have three good running backs–hot Defense play–good Offense, that my friends ====VIKES PLAY THE WORST GAME!!!!
    COWBOYS WIN!!!!!

  4. By Cowboy Mojo on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, sorry my mistake!! meant to say Vikes 1-3 last four games

  5. By Nate F. on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I like how the media and everyone else bashes Favre for throwing costly intereceptions but I watched Tom brady throw 3 INT and 1 Fumble and no one said anything but “he’s just having a bad day because he’s coming off of an injury” But when Favre threw the interceptions due to a shoulder injury in his throwing arm when he was on the Jets the media teared him apart.

    NOW we see Rodgers throw an INT on his first play and a Fumble on the last play to win the game but EVERY ONE is only talking about how great he is to lead his team to a come back.

    Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

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