With a great deal of focus centered around the Vikings WR core and whether or not the coaching staff will make a move to bolster its depth, Vikings players can only worry about their next opponent, the Miami Dolphins.
The Purple had its hands full in their season-opening loss to the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and now have the task of competing with a talented Dolphins team. One tough task in particular that the Vikings will face in their home opener will be to slow down the innovative and creative Dolphins offense that includes exotic formations such as the Wildcat.
An advantage the Vikings may have in this matchup is their secondary against the Dolphins WRs. The secondary is hampered by injuries to CBs Chris Cook and Cedric Griffen but will face a Dolphins WR core that managed to involve only 2 of its players during Sunday’s 15-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 53 yards and Davone Bess hauled in 6 receptions for 51 yards.
As Mike duly noted, the Vikings secondary unit held its own against a Saints offense that was 1st in scoring offense and 4th in passing offense just a season ago and will now look to stop a Miami offense with not quite as many weapons. The big concern the secondary is challenged with this week is undoubtedly the play of Marshall, who was acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos this offseason.
If the Vikings front 7 can stop the dynamic rushing attack of RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, the Dolphins will be forced to make plays through the air, which creates an opportunity for the Vikings secondary unit to come up with some big defensive stops. Certainly it takes a team effort to earn a victory in this league but keying off the Dolphins rushing attack and limiting Marshall’s receptions may be principal factors to a Vikings win.
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