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Allen Or Edwards For Defensive Play Of The Year?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 6, 2010 – 6:43 am

Last Thursday Ryan mentioned that voting had opened up for Vikings 2009 Defensive Play of the Year, with these 4 plays up for the honor and fans able to log on to vikings.com and vote for their choice. As I did last week with the special teams play of the year, I’m going to explain my choice for the defensive play of the year.

As it stands now, DE Jared Allen’s sack-safety of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in Week 4 leads with 51% of the vote. This isn’t surprising given Allen’s popularity and given that the Packers were the victims of Allen’s play. Also, LB Chad Greenway’s INT versus the Giants should not go without acknowledgment; he made a tremendously athletic and heads up play to intercept that pass.

But I cast my vote for defensive play of the year and my choice featured the other starting DE for the Vikings. Ray Edwards’ performance against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the playoffs was sensational. He sacked Cowboys QB Tony Romo 3.0 times, had 5 tackles to go along with 6 QB hurries and also forced a fumble. The Vikings defense stifled the Cowboys offense and held the NFC East champs to just 3 points.

With the magnitude of the game and with how dominant the Vikings defense looked that day, Edwards’ performance against the Cowboys on January 17 gets my vote for Vikings 2009 Defensive Play of the Year.

Do you agree or disagree? Let us know by going to vikings.com and casting your vote.


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6 Responses to “Allen Or Edwards For Defensive Play Of The Year?”

  1. By malte on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    the best play was Chad greenway, amazing int. very athletic .

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Based on what we are ranking, I must disagree. Whether or not Edwards had a great game says very little about how spectacular one particular play was.

    Generally a spectacular play on defense reults in a turnover, hopefully created by a surge of athletic ability by the defender. To get the play of the year one might argue that it should result in points as well. For those reasons, I would have been quick to select Winfield’s blocked field goal returned for a TD from last year, but the Vikes had nothing quite that spectacular this year.

    So, not knowing much about what other teams have done all year long, I’m going to side with malte on Greenway’s interception. No single play our defense made this year stands out in my mind as much as that one, (with the exception of Winfield’s missed INT followed by pushups on his first game back from injury).

  3. By Purpleman on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

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  4. By Purpleman on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think Griffins hit on Ochocinco should win, even though it’s illegal :)

  5. By Josh Thompson on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Purplepeoleeater, the question is not the best defensive performance. It was the best defensive play. Therefore Edwards performance in the Cowboys game shouldn’t have been included as an option. That contained many plays not just one.

    The whole idea was to select the best defensive play. I selected Jared Allens saftey sack simply because we have been dominated by Green Bay since Brad Childress got here as coach. We sent a message in that game. The massage that we weren’t going to be a flash in the pan.

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