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A Sure Tackle On Defense

Posted by cjsiewert on October 8, 2010 – 12:48 pm

With all of the hype over the past 2 days around the Vikings focused on Randy Moss’ return, let’s not forget that there’s a marquee Monday night matchup against the AFC East leading NY Jets.

Surely, a game within the game is the competition between Moss and Jets CB Darrelle Revis – as we pointed out this morning – but when the field is flipped, the Vikings defense will have their hands full with Jets QB Mark Sanchez and Co.

After 4 games, Sanchez has clearly avoided the dreaded sophomore slump. He’s boasting a 105.3 passer rating with 8 TDs and 0 INTs. The 0 INTs by Sanchez is something the Vikings are hoping they can change come Monday night.

“We want to get takeaways,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier mentioned prior to Thursday’s practice. “In order for our team to be successful on Monday night, we feel like that’s going to be a major part of the game. Which team comes up with the most turnovers.”

The Vikings defense has played well throughout its first 3 games, not allowing more than 14 points in a game while possessing the 4th best ranking in yards allowed (276.3). Coming into the season, there were questions concerning the Vikings secondary and how they would perform. But the play of one S in particular has helped alleviate those concerns.

“He’s a good open field tackler,” Frazier said of Vikings S Husain Abdullah. “He really seems to be composed and plays with a great deal of poise. He has the ability to match up with tight ends and cover backs out of the backfield. He’s really done the things that we thought he’d be able to do and we think he should just continue to get better as a football player. The fact that he’s getting more playing time should help him as time goes on.”

Frazier also described the 3-year veteran as a “sure tackler,” something that he feels is essential to the success of the defense. Through 3 games, Abdullah has registered 13 tackles.

“He has the eye of the tiger when it comes to playing football,” Frazier acknowledged.


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5 Responses to “A Sure Tackle On Defense”

  1. By mike j on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    i think Frazier is going to far with his compliments towards Husain the guy has poor reaction he’s late on plays and other defenders have to clean up after his mess so where’s the eye of the tiger at

  2. By Jones on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Abdullah is a big upgrade of tyrell he doesn’t give up big plays downfield, they gave up some this year but compare to johnson he is a better solid tackler and has better coverage skills. I look at it like abdulla is another corner in the safety slot, I think he is probably the best safety on this team, another great option. Sanford would be my other starter at safety if it was up to me. Looks like madieu williams has improved a bit too early to tell but so far our pass defense looks more solid.

  3. By Lito on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings Defense has been consistent and I expect them to play well. Offense will be fun to watch. I’ll keep an eye on the offensive line. I hope the Viking offense woulod “explode”. Now we have a genuine deep threat.. I hope the rest of the players would play their hearts out. This Monday Night could be a record breaking audience. Go VIkings!

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    H.A. doesn’t give up on the play unlike what seemed to happen every so often with Johnson.

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