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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