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Vikings Offense Must Contend With LB Matthews

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 20, 2010 – 12:03 pm

The Green Bay Packers bout with the injury bug so far in 2010 has been well-chronicled, but it appears they’ll have one of their best defenders back in the lineup when the face the Vikings on Sunday night in Lambeau Field. Matthews injured his left hamstring in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins and was sidelined for last week’s game against the Miami Dolphins, but reports indicate he’ll be back in the lineup this weekend.

Packers CB Charles Woodson was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and he continues to be a key player for Green Bay, but it’s Matthews who has been just as valuable this year. In his 2nd season out of Southern Cal., Matthews is a versatile defender who is equally good playing the run and the pass and he’s also an effective pass rusher; he has 8.5 sacks already this season in 5 games played, including 3.0 sacks in both Week 1 and Week 2.

“He’s really developed into a nice edge rusher,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday. “He can move speed-to-power, he’s got long levers and he’s playing as an outside linebacker but he bounces a little bit; they move him around and rush him on different sides.”

In players such as Percy Harvin or Randy Moss, the Vikings offense features targets that opposing defenses must identify on a play-to-play basis. Failure to do so often results in big plays. With Matthews, the Packers defense has a similar weapon.

“You have to account for him,” Childress explained, “whether you’re calling him a linebacker or a stand-up defensive end, at times he’s two different things to us. He’s a good player; he can overpower a running back or a tackle.”


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6 Responses to “Vikings Offense Must Contend With LB Matthews”

  1. By vikescot on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Hoping the Vikes will try and produce some quick pop slants and screens as well as deke draws and traps to keep the Packers defense on an off kilter mode and slow their pass rush down ….Keeping Brett untouched and allowing him to dictate the rhytm of the game is critical..I am very disturbed by the CHILLI mentality of AD up the gut mode he (CHILLI)is in !!!! Everyone knows AD is goin up the middle because CHILLI has no imagination!!!! Get the KID ( AD ) TO THE E D G E !!!!!! Screen pass , quick flip lateral that gets him to the edge where he is able to pick a hole that will be much wider and loosely defended as everyone is locked up in the middle…Moss will take his corner deep as well as safety going down field….Get Brett moving on a quick 3 step roll out move and pitch it to AD!!!!!!! get Percy in same flow 6-10 yards down field or take him deep too also so his corner and safety are looking deep also..Thats 4 guys from secondary 20-30yards down fileld…..CHILLI get some imagination on getting AD to the edge and the middle will eventually open up…..

  2. By Rick on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    So far Woodson been the interferance king of the North, so just keep running it at him. Matthew’s what can ya say hes part of a Pack of fools

  3. By David on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Lambeau is a hard place to play, but the Lions were beat there by only 2 points, and Miami just beat the Packers, so I expect the Vikings to trounce the Pack. It is a good win for them and will help elevate their confidence for N.E.– that is a must win in my opinion if we are really to be contenders. Go Vikes!

  4. By rocksalt on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    I hope we can block Clay Matthews……..considering the performance of our Oline so far, it could be a long day in Green Bay……

  5. By TWVIKE on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    David- We finally agree on something. We must play each and every game like it is a must win situation. Our level of play is way behind what we were doing last season at this time. The offense must move the chains and play ball control, while the defense has to get to #12 very often. Last week we got lucky with Dallas having all those penalties and the two turnovers. If Favre can beat the Packers, it would be the spark we need! LETS GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!

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