Griffin Ready For Texas-Sized Challenge

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 13, 2010 – 9:53 am

Earlier in the week on, RB Adrian Peterson said this weekend’s playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys will be the biggest game of his 3-year NFL career, primarily because it’s the deepest the Vikings have been in the playoffs with Peterson on the roster but also because Peterson is a native of Palestine, Texas and grew up rooting for the Cowboys.

Another Vikings player with strong ties to Texas has also chimed in regarding the significance of this game on a personal level.

“It’s important for me, being from Texas, to have a good showing for myself,” CB Cedric Griffin, a native of San Antonio and product of the University of Texas, said. “Lots of friends, family and teammates are going to be watching this game.”

But while this Sunday’s game has added personal meaning for Griffin, the importance of the game from a team perspective is Griffin’s primary focus.

“We’ve got to play well, this is the time of the year when every play counts,” he said. “It’s going to be a big challenge, another challenge, for the season…We have a chance to take the next step to our team goals and Dallas is going to be a tough test. As a defense, we pride ourselves on stepping up.”

It will be interesting to see what the Vikings do with Griffin as they defend the Cowboys passing attack. In addition to TE Jason Witten, the Cowboys have a talented receiving corps that features players with different skill sets. For example, leading receiver Miles Austin is a speedy receiver who can burn the edges of a defense and is terrific at gaining yards after the catch. WR Patrick Crayton is similar. But then there’s Roy Williams, who isn’t the speedster that Austin is, but has great size at 6-3, 215 pounds.

Griffin, a 6-0, 203-pound CB, matches up better from a size perspective with Williams, also a former Texas Longhorn, than does Antoine Winfield. But, do the Vikings feel confident enough in Winfield’s foot to put him on Austin?

These are all questions that might be answered today by Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress at his press conference, which you can watch live on And if Childress isn’t asked about the matchups, perhaps assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will address those issues on Thursday when he meets with reporters.

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19 Responses to “Griffin Ready For Texas-Sized Challenge”

  1. By Derek on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    If the Vikings don’t make the Super Bowl this season is a failure. This is where players like Winfield, Pat Williams, Jared Allen, Hutchinson, McKinnie, Favre and other veterans need to step up because they probably won’t get another chance like this.

  2. By GW on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a loyal frustrated fan since the days of Joe Capp and the Purple People Eaters. Derek is right. If they don’t get it done this year it could be another who knows how long. I just hope these guys realize these opportunities may never come again. The Vikes have the talent they just need to beleive and play like there is no tommorrow. Because there might not be.

  3. By Aleks on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply


  4. By Todd on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t see how the Vikings can win this game. There is no way in the world that they can cover all Dallas playmakers. Old man Favre is going to get his lunch ate. He will be on the ground and throwing interceptions all game long. Cowboys 31 Vikings 17

  5. By Mike B. on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Iv`e Been a Fan sense 1969,this has to be the year the Vikes,stops making mistakes that cause them to beat themself ,it`s time to make the other guy pay for the mistakes,and if the Vikings can do so they could go all the way. FAITH

  6. By chris on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    brett favres will be on his back more then he will be standing up. demarcus ware is coming to town minnesota, i dont think u understand what that really means, jared allen is just a hilbilly and wont have a single sack against the cowboys so good luck, the only thing u guys got going for u is adrian peterson and your coach is too stupid to give him the ball and by coach i mean brett favre because brad childress is a joke.

  7. By ben on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    The metrodome, excuse me (mall of america field) is going to be rockin sunday, only think Romo will hear is Jared Allen whispering Jessica Simpson lyrics in his ear… Get ziggy wit it

  8. By Stephanie on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    what’s with all the negativety? didn’t everyone expect Arizona to lose because “there was no way they could beat the Packers number 2 ranked defense?” and didn’t the Packers win 7 of their last 8 games and come in as one of the hottest teams and some were talking superbowl for them? I think it’ll be a close game like the Cowboys at the Saints, but hopefully the Vikes come out on top. stop saying “there is no way they can win this game.”

  9. By Stephanie on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Chris…last time I checked I watched all the Vikings games and Adrian has been stopped for 1 or 2 yards or negative yards several times. whether it’s Adrian or the offensive line not making good holes for him, he hasn’t been as effective the second half of the season. so stop saying that they need to force the run when it hasn’t been effective. hopefully he’ll run angry on Sunday and the offensive line will be healed up from their injuries to help AP out.

  10. By CA Norwegian on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Stephanie! (remember “Short-Circuit!”) O-line injuries, may be why they have been less effective. Anthony and the concussion, Loadholts shoulder, Hutch’s injuries, McKinney’s ankle. Dallas can crush a one dimensional passing team like the Eagles. If they have to play the run defense, it will make the DB;s cheat up, and the speed rushers slow down. So even if we pound for a yard or two, it sets up successful pass plays, rather than sacks and interceptions. On a gut level it is discouraging to see the enemy swallow up Adrian at the line, but like chess, the winning moves are set up by the sacrifices.

  11. By rap99 on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    very good point CA. I’m getting sick of hearing everyone say the vikes can’t win, even the espn guys are getting on the cowboy bandwagon. hope the vikes go out and shut these a-holes up!

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

    Oh Man, I am detecting some bad Viking Vibes!!! and it’s just Wednesday !!!

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

    How fitting America’s Team beating the Vikings In Mall Of America !!!
    Sounds good to me !

  14. 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?

  15. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    You cowboy fans keep on talking about your d-line getting to farve but the thing is is that it may take your whole d-line to get to him when it only takes one person on the Vikings D-line to get to your QB and that name is Jared Allen. I predict the score will be 44-35 Vikings win. A.P will have the game of his life.

  16. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Go Vikings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. By Cowboy Mojo on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    By the time Jared Allen gets around Flozell Adams, Romo would already done a Texas Two Step plus already thrown the ball to Austin, Miles down the field for a TD. GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!

  18. By Cowboy Mojo on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Nah Nate, The picture you are seeing is a mental picture of Romo throwing to
    Miles Austin down the field for the first touchdown !! Take a deep breath, relax, it will be over soon. GO COWBOYS !!!!!!!!!!

  19. By rick.... on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    dont worry vike fans austin will get owned by winfeild and austin has never played a physical back like antion let him get hit a few times and he will be scared to touch the ball!!!!vikes win 30-17

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