Big Challenge Ahead For Productive Vikings D-Line

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 14, 2010 – 2:03 pm

The Vikings defensive line put up some big numbers this season, racking up 38.5 of the team’s NFL-leading 48 sacks. This Sunday at Mall of America Field, though, the Vikings defensive line will have a big challenge on their hands.

The Dallas Cowboys bring with them an offensive line that is among the NFL’s largest. From LT to RT, here are their sizes: 6-7, 338 pounds; 6-5, 307 pounds; 6-4, 318 pounds; 6-6, 353 pounds; 6-8, 318 pounds.

“I’ll tell ya, they are huge across the board,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. “From Leonard Davis to (Mark) Colombo, those are some big, big men; and Flozell (Adams). That’s a tremendous challenge for every defense that lines up against them to defend the run and find a way to get around those guys. They are huge.”

As large as the Cowboys linemen are and as well as they’ve been playing over the past 4 games, the Vikings defensive line will certainly relish the challenge rather than succumb to the pressure. The Vikings boast 2 All-Pros in DE Jared Allen – who has 14.5 sacks on the season – and DT Kevin Williams. Plus, DE Ray Edwards is coming off the best regular season of his career and DT Pat Williams will be rested and ready after missing a game toward the end of the season with an elbow ailment.

On top of the quality starting talent the Vikings possess, they’ll also benefit on Sunday from adequate depth that is provided by players such as DE Brian Robison and DTs Fred Evans, Letroy Guion and Jimmy Kennedy.

The fact that the Vikings have the right personnel to give the Cowboys offensive line a good battle is key because, as Frazier told reporters on Thursday, relying on schemes to defeat Dallas powerful offensive line is not the way to go.

“There are some things that you can do at times, but in general, you look at anybody that’s played against them, and sometimes it’s just a guy winning in a one-on-one situation,” Frazier said. “And that’s really what our league is for the most part. If you’re personnel is not up to snuff, you’re going to probably fall short.

“You can only trick people for so long in this game and at some point you’ve got to line up and play football and go man-on-man sometimes.”

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12 Responses to “Big Challenge Ahead For Productive Vikings D-Line”

  1. By Derek on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    We have to get pressure on Romo with the front 4. Because if we can do that then we can send the other 7 in coverage against Dallas’s good passing game. It is simple NO PASS RUSH= GAME LOSTED! Go Vikings!

  2. By dmac32 on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I think that we can get that pressure from the front four. I think that so much attention will be paid to Allen, so Edwards should have a big game. Remember, he had eight sacks this year. Also, Big Pat should be well rested. If Brinkley plays his assignment, we should have a good game defensively. Skol, Vikings!

  3. By Dthayer on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    DEFFENSE! will be key. the less the offense of the cowboys is on the field the better. not only pressure up front. but our safety coverage will need to step up as well. Give it to them MN fashion style! aint no Minnesota nice on Sunday boys!

  4. By david m on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    this is our year!

  5. By JohnP on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I think they should also alternate blitzing a LB up the middle after the defense splits the blocking toward the outside leaving the middle open. If a running appears, take him out, otherwise have a free path to Romo. Do this enough times, and Dallas will have to keep an exra player in the backfield or give up double-team on Allen and Edwards.

  6. By Nam Huynh on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I’m looking forward to this matchup!!!! Can it be Sunday already?

  7. By txtroutslayer on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings are 1-3 over the last 4 games of the season for a reason. You guys already peaked. It’s over. It will be over by the 3rd quarter….by the time the clock gets to ten minutes left in the game people will be leaving the stadium.

  8. By nctroutslayer on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    I hope you can count your creel beter than you can count the win loss percentage of the Vikings. The Vikings are 2 and 2 over the last 4 games, not 1 and 3. Their losses against Arizona and Carolina were due to the fact that that Favre had to get rid of the ball because of offensive line injuries. They should have beat Chicago in OT but they didn’t. They spanked the Giants and the Cowboys lost to them. I will pin the Chicago loss on Chilly and zero degree temps. btw. Did ya’ll have any Trout freeze down your way?

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

    I agree nctroutslayer and the Cowboys sat there and played the Eagles 2 times in a row. Of course they are going to beat them because they know how they play but with the Vikings they have really no clue. That is why we are going to take the Cowboys to town and shove the horns where the sun don’t shine, lol Plus the Eagles, the last game, gave the Cowboys the win. Minnesota will not let that happen. The Cowboys playoff wins, even though there is only one, are coming to an end this weekend. Let’s go VIKES!!!!!!! To the fans that are going to be at the game Sunday, make the cowboys loose their hearing-ROCK THE STADIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just remember Vikes the Cowboys do have a person that is hard of hearing, so take advantage of that. GO VIKES THIS IS OUR YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By BewareDware on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    yah, Philly gave us the game much like your last win against the Giants. Talk about a give up. Sheli Manning threw in the towel in the 1st quarter just like his defense did.

  11. By BewareDware on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    I can smell the fear in these Viking fans! Cowboys 30, Minny 17!

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