Can Vikings Defense Carry Solid Preseason Form Into Regular Season?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 5, 2010 – 12:25 pm

The Saints benefitted at times from opportunistic and aggressive defense – INTs by CB Tracy Porter in the final minutes of both the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl – during the 2009 season en route to capturing their 1st Super Bowl win in franchise history.

But make no mistake, it was a high-powered and lethal offense that paced New Orleans throughout the season. The Saints ranked 1st in total offense and points per game during the 2009 season and in 2010 QB Drew Brees and Co. return an offense mostly intact from a year ago.

All of this means the Vikings defense will face a stiff test right out of the gates in 2010.

In last year’s NFC Championship Game, the Vikings defense was up to the challenge as they held New Orleans to just 257 total yards – 146 yards below the Saints season average. If the Vikings defense can come up with a similar effort on Thursday evening, odds are the Saints won’t be able to overcome it this time.

If the preseason is any indication, the Vikings defense looks to be in similar form to last year’s NFC title game effort. The Vikings finished the preseason ranked 4th among all NFL teams in points allowed per game (14.8) and sacks (13); the Vikings allowed just 59 points in the 4 exhibition games, which is the 4th lowest total in franchise history. The Vikings defense also ranked 5th in first downs allowed (62) and 7th in yards per game allowed (286.0).

In fairness we must point out that these are preseason numbers, and preseason results are not always an indication of how a team will perform in the regular season. At the same time, if the Vikings had struggled in the statistical areas mentioned above, many would be forecasting trouble for the defense as they prepare to face a loaded and explosive Saints offense.

What say you, Vikings fans? Keeping in mind how well the Vikings defense played in last year’s NFC Championship Game and also how well the defense played this preseason, will they be up to the task of containing New Orleans’ offense on Thursday night?

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37 Responses to “Can Vikings Defense Carry Solid Preseason Form Into Regular Season?”

  1. By vikesfan10 on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    vikes win 42 to 17!

  2. By Sarge on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    The best defense will be a running game and no turnovers. Score touchdowns and hold N.O. to field goals. That said, the play of the safeties will be crucial as Brees and company look to exploit our thin corner back depth and the defensive front seven will need to limit the time Brees gets to survey the field. The defensive schemes and pressure will determine how well the Vikings can control the game. With Griffin not ready to play and Cook injured, a CB before Tuesday would be helpful.

  3. By matthew groves on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings arnt the best deep if we pressure bress and make it make mistake we can capitalize. plus we need more depth in defense . we shouls get revis from the jets seeing as he is holding out

  4. By vikingsfan1955 on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    There are concerns with the secondary but I have also heard good reports about them from training camp. Winfield may have lost half a step but I feel this is the year out cb’s step it up. This team knows that again this is the best chance to get it done and that will inspire them to step it up.

  5. By B on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I’m worried about how our secondary will hold up going against a team that enjoys using 4 receiver sets with only 3 healthy corner backs. The D line needs to have a huge game to cover up for our injury depleted secondary.

  6. By brian on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    forgot to talk about the other team members of the saints and that is the REF they allowed so many late hits

  7. By don on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings will do great this year. but this first game could be a loss. last year the passing game took a few games under their belt to get going…. with favres ankle, sidney rice out… new faces, an unknown state about our offensive line… this could be a very tough outing for the team. I still think they have a shot, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the season started slow.

  8. By Lito on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes defense is not a problem. Consistent protection from the Vikings offensive line will determine the Vikes success. I hope the Vikes will be able to get a humongous offensive lineman, another deep threat wideout, and a cornerback/special teams/return specialist.

  9. By don on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I am very excited about chris cook and look forward to his return. This is one kid to keep an eye on. I hope he returns by week 2, and start racking up points in defensive rookie of the week and ultimately def rookie of the year

  10. By Viking Glen on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Our season will only be defined by the NO game if we lose key players due to injury. Defeating the SB champs on their turf would be a nice feather in the cap, but it’s not a do or die game like last year.

    It’s going to be an exciting season.

  11. By VikingsDx3 on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    The Viking’s Defense when capping on all cylinders really looks impressive to say the least. Although there may be some wrinkles that need to be ironed out, I have no doubt they are up to snuff.

  12. By fmfan on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully our D-line will come alive. This preseason they had only 5 tackles (1 sack by Edwards) and they will have to get to Drew for us to win!

  13. By rawman on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    looking foward to watch percy and sidney!!!

  14. By rawman on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    And the IRON MAN!!!

  15. By GMan on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    The answer is no….the defense will not hold up vs. the Saints. The Vikes will need to score 34 points to win this game because Brees will walk all over the corner backs. Once Griffin returns they’ll be fine…until then the games will likely be track meets with lots of scoring.

  16. By rocksalt on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes D will perform well, except for 3rd & longs….we are suspect in our pass D….real concern is our O line……I hope Brett doesn’t get killed….

  17. By beavis on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Rawman, you won’t be seeing Sid for a long time.

  18. By Bruce on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Our defense should just keep in their minds how their defense treated Brett last year.

  19. By Bruce on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I guess having two refs behind the QB this year might prevent missed calls. We will see…..

  20. By Donna on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I seen part of the game today 9-5-2010. 90% they play a good football game. Last year was a good year for the Vikings. I am a true Viking fan. Are we going to see Brett this year. Maybe later long right. When you pay someone that kind of money yearly he should play. But he a very very good quarterback just too he is 41 years old. He should be only 35 than more years to be a quarterback. So good luck again for this year Vikings. Go Brett. We love you and you did a very good job last year. So good luck in getting back your ankle.

  21. By jesse sandoval on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Lord, the battles we go through life,
    We ask for a chance that’s fair
    A chance to equal our stride,
    A chance to do or dare
    If we should win, let it be by the code,
    Faith and Honor held high
    If we should lose, we’ll stand by the road,
    And cheer as the winners go by
    Day by Day, we get better and better!

    Til’ we can’t be beat…WON’T BE BEAT!

  22. By Pat the Viking on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I really like how our D plays

    DEFENSE !!!

  23. By John Sharpe on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Opening night against the team that ended their SB dream? Are you kidding? These guys will be flying around the ball all night. It’s a good thing they will have 10 days to rest up before the next game. I would worry more about Brett’s ankle than the defense.

  24. By secondnature815 on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    If we’re going to win Thursday night, Adrian Peterson is going to have to have a huge game. I like his chances because he should know that, as do all the Viking players, the best team got left out of the SB last year and that should be MOTIVATION ALREADY!!! P.S. Has Childress gone Lady GAGA? T.J. better in practice so he should be great against other teams 2cd teams? Since when do teams play there reserves in the REGULAR season? As for Reynauld, let’s trade him and take our starting WR’s to return kicks and get pounded on even more! His presser proves that he doesn’t have a real “Poker Face” and his back up plan is to bluff because he’s the only Ace in the Hole that doesn’t have a clue how to play the game……NFL or Texas Hold’em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. By purplehorn on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings defense is so deep, that a good linebacker in Nate Triplett was waived. The Saints can’t run and will once again throw because they have to. The front seven need to boggle Brees mind to win this game by creating blitz pressure and then never let up. He wasn’t pressured enough in the NFC Championship game. Pressure is the key for both QB’s. The Vikings will run the ball, even if they are only chips. I think A.P. is gonna bust some wide open. Have fun and play super aggressive with the front seven and you will dominate the Saints.

  26. By OLDSCHOOL on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Just got done watching Chilly and his press conference……….can’t wait to see the day when he wakes up and the trainers come and knock on his door and tell him that Percy has a headache today and he freaks out trying to figure out who will be returning the football on that day because he traded Reynaud away! Idiot!

  27. By MGR4FUN on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    i see it a little different than some … it doesnt matter what the aints do … as long as the purple do what they do and do better than the aints … 1st the purple stop the run as good or better than any in the nfl … 2nd stop the run on the aints side of the line of scrimmage leavin down and distance complications for the aints all night long … 3rd pummel #9 every EVERY play hit him and hit him some more … 4th then turn up the heat and send more than 4 i am smilin as i type that cuz it is true 1-3 will be done with just the front four and not many if any teams can claim that let alone back it up … with E.J. in the mix #9 is in for a long night … 5th the purple d gotta get off the field 3 and out (again and again over and over) … 6th and a very important 6th adrian and toby gonna crush the collective wills of the aints d all night long just keep poundin the riock right up the middle at a less than 100% vilma and his backup as well as sharpers backup once that is done about mid 2nd quarter turn #4 loose …

  28. By Don H. on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey MGR, I LIKE IT…………A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. By Silverfox2dallas on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Our defense has been great, although we haven’t really gotten to see how it would flow together besides against the Seahawks there have been a number of guys that have looked rather impressive. Its a shame that Chris Cook will be out because the saints receivers are not very tall giving him the edge over most of them. The saints will never win back to back superbowls because everyone knows the truth which is they should have never one their first. We will beat them and i cant wait to see it on sportscenter when the champs go down

  30. By TrueVikingsRealist on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Did anyone watch the pre-season? I was not impressed with our first team defense, it didn’t seem like they pressured the quarterback at all or got very many sacks. Our second team d-line were the ones who did anything impressive. They didn’t seem to blitz at all either. I’m hoping they were just saving the exotic blitzes for the Saints. If they don’t pressure Brees it will be a long night.

  31. By woodboat on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Exactly, realist. Our first team D didn’t look great in preseason. I, for one, do not like the look of our injury report right now. The players in the center of the field, as well as OLT, have to be on top to win games. If Sully is out, look for Brett to get the snot beat outta him all night. We are hurting at CB, O line, WR, and blocking RB. I HOPE its a low scoring game. If the Saints get a 2 score lead, I think we are in big trouble.

  32. By Jones on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    I liked the energy of how this team played against denver last week, I know it was only preseason but if we carry that vibe over to the regular season we shouldn’t lose many games. I liked how we played fast and aggressive like blood hungry sharks. Ready for the season opener can’t wait will be a great game we will destroy them I hope we smack brees around like a ragdoll.

  33. By Jones on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    We will probably run the ball down their throats with good defesne and kill the clock keeping brees off the field as much as possible. The only problem with that method is if the saints are up we can’t run anymore and have to play catchup and be one dimensional. If ap doesn’t fumble and favre doesn’t throw any interceptions we will win. No turnovers hard physical game we will take this game.

  34. By miko on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    i have a question that very much concerns me. If we look back at last year, the Defensive Linemen was one of our healthiest positions on the field. Yet we have 10 defensive linemen. While we have only 4 healthy corners and not much depth, and 4 healthy WR’s and not much depth. I just dont get it. Instead of trying to prepare for the future like what Chilly be saying. We need to fix whats happening now. Our depth needs to more equal than having an overload at one position and slim on another. but thats just me

  35. By OLDSCHOOL on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Can Jones and MGR4FUN explain to me how we are going to RUN the ball of a sudden with that O-Line that seems as though they can’t pick up blocks to protect our 40 year old QB but also have showed…….they can’t move D-Lines to open up running lanes for AP or anyone else?! BUT…..all of a sudden this is going to happen on Thurs. night…………..????!!!!!!!! REALLY?!I hope you guys are right…..I don’t think you are….but I hope you are right!

  36. By Corey on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    We will come out fired up no doubt about it… I dontknow how you could be a football player and have the team that ruined your season last year week 1 and not be ready to bust skulls.. A.P has something to prove.. maybe not to us because he is a great running back but to himself after the NFC Championship… I dont think we will come out with play action or open up throwing Ithink chilly and staff will have faith in our O-line and run right at the saints D… Peterson is going to look like a man possesed and break their defense down… Vikes 1-0 after Thursday baby! LIGHT UM UP

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