Earlier in the week on vikings.com, 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 vikings.com. 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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