The Vikings will return to Mall of America Field on Sunday for their first game there since October 17 and assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is looking forward to it.
“A great chance for us to get it going at home and it feels good that we’re playing a home game,” Frazier said to open his press conference with reporters on Thursday morning. “We’re looking forward to having our crowd at Mall of America Field loud and getting our pass rush going. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
What hasn’t been a lot of fun so far this season is watching the Vikings pass rush. A team that led the NFL in sacks just a season ago with 48 is ranked tied for last with just 6 so far in 2010. But this weekend’s game against the Arizona Cardinals presents the Vikings defense with a chance to get the pass rush back on track.
The Cardinals have an unsettled QB situation, with veteran Derek Anderson set to start on Sunday following disappointing performances from undrafted rookie Max Hall (who replaced Anderson in the first place). Only 2 teams (Chicago and Washington, both on the Vikings schedule) have allowed more sacks than Arizona (they’ve given up 22) and the Cardinals gave up 9 sacks to the San Diego Chargers in Week 4.
Add all of that to the fact that the Vikings will be playing with a big home-field advantage that makes it hard for opposing offenses to operate, and Sunday presents a nice chance for the Vikings pass rush to kick it in gear.
“There’s no greater time than now, playing at home against a team as you mentioned that has been allowing sacks,” Frazier said. “Now what approach they take as far as throwing the football, we’ll find out. But there’s no better time than right now.”
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