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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