Vikings, Cowboys Offenses Good For A Few Twists

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 14, 2010 – 9:17 am

At this point in the season, a team’s offensive identity is pretty well established. And while some of the game’s greatest and most-creative minds are still actively coaching at this time of year, there’s still a prevailing thought among those coaches to stick with what got you here.

“I guess what I’ve learned is particularly with a two-week game plan, that you don’t want it to be a voluminous game plan,” Childress said on Wednesday when asked if playoff teams like to change anything schematically heading into the postseason. “There’s something to having it simple, concepts you understand, that you can do in your sleep, maybe dress it up a little differently, but you’re still attacking the defense and doing the things that you know. You don’t want to get out of body.”

With that being said, the Vikings and Cowboys offenses have enough versatile and talented players that they can deviate from their respective norms from time to time.

The Cowboys primarily rely on a grinding ground attack with Marion Barber and Felix Jones leading the way as well as an aerial assault that features QB Tony Romo finding TE Jason Witten and WR Miles Austin all over the field. But Dallas has a 3rd RB – Tashard Choice – who does a great job of running the so-called “wildcat” offense, with Jones often included in the formation.

So the Vikings have to deal with an exotic package from the Cowboys offense in addition to stressing about the ground game and Romo’s passing ability.

But this is a 2-way street, according to Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips. Speaking with Minnesota reporters on Wednesday, Phillips was complementary of Childress’ coaching style.

“Brad has just worked his way up and been outstanding at everything that he has done,” Phillips said. “He has continued that as a head coach. He comes through that West Coast kind of tree there and he is right on the top of that tree.”

So does Phillips anticipate some wrinkles from the Vikings offense, too?

“Oh yeah, they’re always going to do something to give you problems,” he said. “That is one thing that you can count on from Brad. They are going to come up with some things that are going to give you problems defensively. We have to hope that we can counteract those things.”

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23 Responses to “Vikings, Cowboys Offenses Good For A Few Twists”

  1. By Canadian Viking on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    To all of those redneck, trailer park cowgirls fans, the vikings went 2-2 in the last 4 game of the regular season. Didn’t yo mama teach you to count the crack rocks.

  2. By ibleedpurple on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Can somebody please explain to me why all the sports writers and pundits are saying the ‘Boys will win this one, yet the odds makers are giving it to the VIKINGS? It makes no sense….

    I am SOOOOOO with the odds makers on this one. GO VIKINGS!!

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

    Oh My mistake that I didn’t count the Gaint’s game as I thought that sense you Vikes had so much pride in your Team that you’all wouldn’t bring that game into play since that was a laydown game by the Gaints. Gaints didn’t have nothing to bring to that game ( IDIOT ). you want some you,ll get some Sunday!!
    Whats you gonna do when the COWBOYS COME AN BEAT ON YOU!!!!

  4. By Doomsday D on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    You cant handle the Carolina D then you have a problem we got a little better D then that good luck next season.

  5. By richard on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Cowboys.. Just do your talking on da field!!

  6. By VIKING in nh on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    doomsday d you only have a few more days on here till we never hear from you again after the vikings win live it up dude !

  7. By VIKING in nh on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    cowboy mojo same goes for you,your cowgirls will ride out of town with tails between their legs. after sunday ta ta !

  8. By Canadian Viking on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply


  9. By VIKING in nh on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    canadian viking, it will be hard to tell the diff between the team and cheerleaders !

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

    Can just see the headlines Monday morning ” Cowboys Win in Igloo Hut of America” Vikings no show for SuperBowl again ! Maybe next year!

  11. By Canadian Viking on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    The cowboys win 1 playoff game in a decade and the bandwagon jumpers all come out of the closet!

  12. By dmac32 on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I see all of these Cowboys fans on our site talking trash. I’m dealing with this twice as much, being in the heart of Cowboy country. I’ve seen all types of stats. One stat I haven’t seen is the Vikings home stats. We’re 8-0 at home with an average score of 32.75 points, while allowing 15.5 points defensively. If you look at the last five games, we have been utterly dominant, scoring 34.4 points, and giving up 9.2 points. I’ve been a vikings fan since 1992, and I’ve always said, if the Vikings could field a top ten offense and a middle of the road defense, we would win it all. This year, we are the number five team offensively and number six team defensively. i think that we can run on the Cowboys to open the play action game. I know that alot of people don’t like those runs by AD up the middle, but they help in bringing more people in the box to stop the run. The Cowboys vaulted trio of backs shouldn’t be able to get much done versus the number two run defense. Allen should be able to get good pressure on Romo, and Flozell Adams should shorten his fair share of drives due to penalties. I’m concerned about our special teams, though. Hopefully, they’ll put together a solid game. This week off should do wonders for a team that was noticeably banged up at the end of the season. Prediction: Cowboys 20, Vikings 34.

  13. By malte on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    i’m a bit disapointed in seeing alot of cowboys fans thrash talking our team. Ofc I see why you keeping saying dallas is going creazy witch they are, they are extremly hot at the moment, but that being said stop thrash talking and play this sport fair like it’s mend to be.

  14. By Nate on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    The fact we all love our teams and think our teams are better than others we need to keep in mind that we are all football fans and should just enjoy the game. My wife is a Cowboys fan and has been her entire life, I’m a Vikings fan born and raised it’s literraly in my blood. But despite the fact were married we want eachothers team to lose, but we don’t talk trash or get bitter over a game. Like I always say “Any Given Sunday” no one knows who is going to win, and as big as a Viks fan i am I’m going to say let the best team win. Go Vikings!!!

  15. By LINZ on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I can explain why the sports writers are picking Dallas to win. Their all haters. They know very well that when Dallas is picked to win, they almost always loooose. Looks like the writers want Favre to win.

  16. By noir_1 on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    dear dmac32,

    as a Cowboy fan since 1989 (im 27 not that its of any importance)
    i would just like to say that everything you have said actually makes
    perfect sense and you have stated your case well. however i must respectfully disagree with you in regards to our running game and of course the end result.
    Marion is a tad banged up but will still play, this will only help us / hurt you simply because it will mean a much heavier dose of Felix Jones and T.Choice. i am very uncertain that the Vikes have the personnel at linebacker to tackle our backs in the perimeter especially when Jason Witten has to be accounted for on every play. i admit fear when it comes to Shanco and Chester Taylor but not AP. we know what he is capable of and he will get his. but we have to put a hault on Chester in terms of his screen game and just his ability to catch the ball in the open in general. i thank you for your time and wish you guys luck however …..Dallas (America) 34 Vikes 20

  17. By moorevikes on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    hey cowboy mojo (special ed) you’re still posting i figured since you were completely wrong about our LAST 4 GAMES you would have embarrassed yourself enough. i guess not. so here will be the real headline in dallas: cowboys looking for new head coach and qb? that seems to be what you guys do after every unsuccessful season. you are a tool and so is the your owner. give him 2 more years and he’ll be just like al davis and you’ll have a team just like the raiders.

  18. By nw vike fan on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    why are the dallas fans on our site?…did jerry jones have to shut their site down to finish paying for that rediculous stadium?……SKOL!!!!!

  19. By Kedawg on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone talks about how the vikings are undefeated at home. Hey dudes, The Saints were undefeated…..Cowboys beat them at home. The Cowboys have the confidence to beat anyone, anywhere, anytime. Do the vikings??? Be scared!!!!

  20. By ray on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    if we want to distract romo,fans should get photo of jessica simpson.put all the picture all over the wall,have two big picture of jessica behind the goal posts.even if romo not with her it will distract romo.

  21. By GW on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Cowboys beat a Saints team with 7 of their starters out. They were crushed by the Giants. How many teams have they played with a plus 500 record? They go on and beat a hapless Redskins team and the Philthadelphia Eagles twice and all of a sudden they are the best / hottest team in the NFL when just a few weeks earlier the very same people were saying Minnesota is without a doubt the best team in the NFL. Please!

  22. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply


  23. By cowboy4life on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    hey moorevikes…talk about needing a qb and coach. after this game you will be looking for both. only this time there wont be an old washed up qb to go chase after, lol. just remember 1 thing, WE GOT 5 OF ‘EM!!!!!!! maybe Tarvaris will get to play after we knock Favre out, lol. u guys have already peaked and favre has NEVER beaten Dallas in a playoff game. the streak continues…Dallas 31 Vikes 21

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