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Vikings Defense – Quiet Dominance

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 8, 2010 – 11:11 am

It will likely go a bit unnoticed this week, but the Vikings defense was dominant in Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals. It will go unnoticed because Arizona finished with 24 points and because the Vikings had such a sensational offensive performance in the 4th quarter and overtime.

But it won’t go unnoticed here. The bottom line is the defense allowed just 10 points (Arizona scored TDs on a kickoff return and a fumbled kickoff by the Vikings), held Arizona to 95 yards in the 2nd half and recorded 6 sacks. And if not for their effort, the offense wouldn’t have been in position to spark a dramatic comeback victory.

The peak of the Vikings defensive performance came at the game’s most crucial moments. The Vikings offense was just stymied at the goal line and Arizona took over on their own 1. The Vikings held Arizona to a quick 3-and-out, which allowed the Vikings offense to drive down the field quickly on the ensuing possession and score a TD to make the score 24-17 in favor of the visiting Cardinals.

Then the Vikings defense held Arizona to another 3-and-out on the next drive, which set up Brett Favre and Co. for the eventual game-tying drive when TE Visanthe Shiancoe came down with a dramatic TD. The Vikings defense held Arizona on a last-second possession to force overtime.

One more time the defense came up big. Another 3-and-out series for Arizona, this one in overtime. The Vikings drove down the field and Ryan Longwell kicked a game-winning 35-yard FG.

In those 4 possessions, the Vikings sacked Cardinals QB Derek Anderson 4 times and held Arizona’s offense to -8 yards in 12 plays.

“We knew it was on us and we wanted to get the ball back for number four and the boys,” LB E.J. Henderson said after the game, “and we knew that they could put up some money and we got it back to them and they scored.”

Another factor that should not go unnoticed is the raucous Mall of America Field crowd, which came alive late in the game and was at its loudest in a long time. The noise clearly impacted Arizona’s offense and provided the Vikings with an advantage.

“They really feed off that crowd,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said of his team. “That’s really an advantage that we’ve come to expect here at the Metrodome, raising the roof off that place. They feed off the positive energy. That’s huge.”

Here are a few more notes on the Vikings defensive performance:
— Arizona had 6 drives that went 3-and-out
— Vikings held Arizona to 20 yards or less on 8 of 11 drives
— Arizona had negative yardage on 2 drives
— Cardinals had multiple 1st downs on just 2 of 11 drives

Very impressive work by Leslie Frazier’s group. Here’s what a few of the key defenders had to say following the game…

“We were making him (Derek Anderson) move all game; he just made some plays. He didn’t just sit in the pocket, he was good with the ball and moving around. We just finally corralled him there at the end, and it was good to do that. That’s how we needed to be playing all year.” — DT Kevin Williams

“I think we had him (Anderson) on his heels a little bit. The crowd had a great impact for us, and the D-line had a little bit quicker step, it seemed like. I think his eyes went quickly from down the field to the rush and everyone around him. That’s what we need in those situations. That’s why it’s fun to play at home.” — LB Ben Leber

“I definitely feel like it was a turning point. It was a crucial four or five minutes and we showed the type of team that we are and the type of heart we have and the camaraderie of the team. As you can see this locker room is like a playoff win so it’s definitely big for us and hopefully it will get us rolling.” — Henderson

“All the guys calmed down. We said, ‘It’s our season. If we lose this game, that’s it, really.’ If we lost, that would have basically been it for us. So, everybody just calmed down and everybody started playing better.” — DT Pat Williams


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55 Responses to “Vikings Defense – Quiet Dominance”

  1. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    GOOD POINT MIKE THE D STEPPED UP BIG TIME; SPECIAL TEAMS HAS TO DO MUCH BETTER THOUGH, THE SEASON COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN LOST FOR GOOD WITH THEIR MISCUES..

    BRETT IS A WARRIOR, AND THE OFFENSIVE LINE GAVE HIM THE TIME TO DO WHAT HE DOES…KUDOES FOR THE MOST PART TO A COMPLETE TEAM EFFORT; OR AT LEAST 2/3RDS OF THE TEAM.

  2. By fire childress on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    it’s too bad Chilly can’t be quiet, instead of knocking our players all the time. Chilly needs to go now !

  3. By fire childress on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    i’ve never seen a coach cutting down players before. not good- Farve is the motavitor now, he told BB before the game he needs to catch 10 – he ended up with 9 catches.

  4. By viking joe on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    my opinion is we got the talent,with the no hutle we did excellent,the plyers played for them selves ,clearly stated and NOT for the sake of the WORTHLES COACH NAME BRAD CHILLDRESS.. skol viks.

  5. By viking joe on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    fire chilly!!!!

  6. By SALUTE CHILDRESS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Great overall effort, including Childress to be man enough to make amends with his young receiver, Percy Harvin– the coach is humble, intelligent, and courageous to stick with his convictions and do what is best for the team, regardless of mob rule– majority is rarely right– study history.

  7. By fire childress on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    bottom line, we would be 7-1 with a better coach. it’s too bad we didn’t get rid of Chilly last year

  8. By Roy on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Please Fire Childress Today!!!! I am a life long Vikes fan living outside Chi town and he is a joke. He makes the bears problems look simple.

  9. By MI_vikesfan on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    any chance of picking up Al Harris from the waiver wire since he was released by the Packers? looks like our secondary could still use some help….

  10. By fire childress on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, we would pick him up only to have Chilly waive him too

  11. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    @SALUTE CHILDRESS,

    A GOOD LEADER LEADS; NOT UNDERMINES, BADGERS, AND DEMEANS, THAT TOO IS IN THE HISTORY BOOKS…

    CHILDRESS IS WHERE HE IS DESPITE BEING INEPT; AND HAS A JOB BECAUSE HIS TEAM STEPPED UP YESTERDAY FOR THE TEAM…

  12. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    I’m gay.

  13. By Rick James on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    haha wtf

  14. By SALUTE CHILDRESS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    PURPLEHAZE– What have you read, specifically, that points to Childress’ demeanor as badgering and undermining? Please, specifics, because I have not seen it.

  15. By silver fox 2 dallas on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Childress is the last reason we won our team i cant believe how this was made to look like we beat them in the play offs , the cardinals are not a good team, we’ve only beat teams with loosing records i was so happy that childress was about to get canned even if it took loosing randy moss, a guy who has been in the league regardless of public opinion Moss understands football as good as any player and most coaches and for a two veterans him and favre to come in here and say that childress doesnt know what he’s doing MUST have some validity two legends dont just hate the same guy for no reason, and if we dont get rid of brad we will loose our young talend (percy, ap, sidney) last year we would have crushed a Kurt warner less cardinals and this year we beat them in OT and its a miracle? We can win the superbowl but the players made it clear they are playing for eachother not for brad childress if we fire him i know we will atleast make the playoffs You can tell that at the end brett was calling his own plays and look what happened he doesnt respect childress decisions right or wrong we need to have a coach the players respect, L.Frazier got us 7 punts thats 7 times we could and should have succeeded like he did on defense he is going to leave at the end of the year unless we give him our HC JOB people remember DEFENSE wins championships DEFENSE

  16. By holli on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    When did the Packers release Al Harris??? Totally missed that!

  17. By Robins on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Defense, thank you! Brett,Adrian,Percy, Shaincoe, Greg, Berrian, etc. please, all of you great Vikings, thanks for a great win! You deseve it!

  18. By fire childress on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    chilly is the most classless coach i’ve ever seen. bring in Brian B. now ! he knows what it takes to win a superbowl !!

  19. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, IT’S NO SECRET THAT HE HAS MOCKED BRETT, PERCY

  20. By Tim on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/19184/bbao-al-harris-to-be-released

    here is the link that talks about Al Harris being released. read Espn’s nfc north blog for more information

  21. By SALUTE CHILDRESS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    PURPLEHAZE– I have followed many of the press releases– I have not seen what you are speaking of– if you want to make statements, then back them with evidence, not emotion. I have heard Childress make comments that could be taken out of context, but I have heard him give praise to the team over and over. Funny, you and the bloggers here do nothing but condemn the players– take Berrian for instance, who made key plays in the NFC championship last year and yesterday– man, the comments against him this season are pathetic and arrogant. You need to back your statements with fact. If there is evidence within context, then kindly display it– this response of yours has no value in persuading me–
    WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, IT’S NO SECRET THAT HE HAS MOCKED BRETT, PERCY

  22. By matt w on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Does anyone know, if we are going to look at AL Harris? I mean he is still a pretty good corner and we could use another good one to complement Windfield. Then we could put cook and Asher/Lito on the insides. I think it could really improve the pass Defense.

  23. By FavreFan4 on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    I can totally understand where Moss was coming from even though I am not a fan of his; never have been, never will be. Most people in positions of authority have absolutely no business being in that position to begin with. The vast majority of these so-called “authority figures” have no clue how to lead by example or how to present said authority with any respectable level of integrity or diplomacy. 98% of authority figures are spineless and vacillating by nature. How many times have you heard an authority figure tell you one thing only to have what they told you come out later as a complete fabrication? I can not even begin to count how many times this has happened to me.

    Just take a look around your work place. How often do any of us actually look up to or respect our bosses? Not many. The same can be said of Brad Childress. Has that guy shown any leadership or battle savvy at all? NO! The guy is a gutless coward. This was displayed in front of millions of spectators when the Vikings played the Packers a few weeks ago. There were 24 seconds left before half time and the Vikings were moving the ball down the field, but Childress decides to take a knee and go in at halftime with a 3-point lead instead of going for more points and a bigger lead, even though he had time on the clock and a few timeouts at his disposal.

    What does that type of cowardly behavior from their head coach tell the Vikings? That sure is not leading by example. Then Childress fails to throw a challenge flag to review an obvious non-touchdown reception by one of the Packer wide receivers. I, mean, when you look at Brad Childress as an “authority figure” just what do you see? In this case, I cannot blame Randy Moss whatsoever. I would imagine he took one look at what Childress stood for and how the Vikings were being run and decided to check himself out.

    The Vikings rode the shoulders of Brett Favre to beat the Cardinals yesterday just like they did last season. Childress is a horrible coach. He is more of a hindrance than a help. Get rid of him NOW!

  24. By GMan on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Salute Childress,
    The sentiments of our fans have nothing to do with Childress’ educational background, or the fact that his son serves overseas in the military. Both are great accomplishments. However, we’re talking about our desire for a successful football team. I would like to see the Vikings stay in Minnesota (and not move to LA or the highest bidder).
    It is obvious you are smitten with his IQ. Unfortunately, his football IQ isn’t very impressive. Simply stated, he has become a complete failure as a head coach. Most Vikings fans would prefer a change at the head coaching position. My vote goes to Leslie Frazier – either immediately or at the end of the season.

  25. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    There are obviously a lot of question marks on Childress’ decision making capabilities, but I give him some benefit of the doubt. How many other so called “greats” in their career have made similarly poor decisions? Without fail, 100%. That is life, and to throw stones at all authority figures usually means you have a problem with authority in general. Often, when we blame others for our predicaments, it is a symptom of an entitlement paradigm. Funny, but I am sure everyone on here, and I include myself, would have many poor decisions if we were placed under the public microscope. Yes, Childress has made some blunders, but one has to investigate with objective, critical thinking skills and one might find, indeed, that Childress has made a lot of good decisions.

  26. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    SALUTE CHILDRESS, YOUR EYES ARE OPEN WIDE-SHUT; THIS TEAM IS NOT FOLLOWING BRAD BECAUSE OF BRAD, THEY ARE FOR THE BETTER, DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES, THE FANS, AND PERHAPS THE REST OF THE COACHING STAFF.

    IM NOT SAYING BRAD WOULD BE A BAD ASSISTANT SOMEWHERE ELSE, BUT NOT A HEAD COACH, NOT HERE, NOT IN THIS SYSTEM; HE HAS NEITHER THE OWNERS, PLAYERS’ TRUST NOR RESPECT; THAT SHOULD SPEAK VOLUMES TO YOU OR ANYONE WORRIED ABOUT SOUND BITES AND PRINTED MEDIUM BS…

    AFTER ALL THESE PLAYERS ARE PROFESSIONALS, AND STILL HAVE PRIDE IN WINNING; THEY COULD HAVE LAID DOWN IN THE FORTH QTR YESTERDAY AND YOU’D BE LOOKING AT BRAD GETTING CANNED TODAY OR SHORTLY THEREAFTER; STILL REMAINS TO BE SEEN THAT’LL HAPPEN, AS COACH IS ONE DEBACLE AWAY FROM GETTING HIS PINK SLIP..

  27. By SALUTE CHILDRESS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Purplehaze, I am not concerned about soundbites, that is what you were first referring to— Now you retract from your original premise of your first argument? Now, you do not want to provide evidence, but follow another emotional and evidence-free tangent of logic? Jeepers, man, if you are going to make statements, you need to back them up. I am calling you on the posting that Childress’ demeanor is one of badgering and undermining, but you avoid supporting your claim. Perhaps, your original thesis was without foundation?

  28. By Rogerthevikefan on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Before the VIKES claim Al Harris the would likely preform a physical to see if he would be healthy if he is healthy he is better than Lito, Walker and Asher. But I’m sure Asher will get better with more experiance.

  29. By Rick James on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    I am all about signing Al Harris if he is healthy. What would it hurt? He is at worst a good situational option, and maybe he can teach Chris Cook a thing or 2. They are both bigger more physical dbs, and Cook needs some guidance.

  30. By VAvikefan on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Good win Vikes!!! brad still needs to go tho…we didnt start winning til Brett started calling the plays. smh Brad was ineffective all game

  31. By vikeforever on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    ALl this chat about Childress should be fired and others who do not blame him for failures of this team. At the end of this season Brad is gone. I would like to see Bill Cohwer on the sidelines with his emotions and being a fiery coach and successful at that. For all the CHilly supporters a win against a hapless team isnt’t going to save his job…

  32. By Lance on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    SIGN CORNERBACK AL HARRIS!!! HE WAS RELEASED BY THE PACKERS. THAT GUY WOULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR OUR SECONDARY!! HE IS ALSO A VERY HUMBLE PERSON AND HE IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH BRETT!

  33. By vbviking on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    FIRE CHILDRESS FIRE CHILDRESS FIRE CHILDRESS

  34. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Who is the guy in r secondary that always gets faked out? He is always getting owned by some average reciever for a huge gain. It would be ok if the guy broke his tackle but he doesnt even touch the guy.

  35. By Skol_Vikings on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Ah the chopping block strikes again. I do have mixed feelings about Chilly. I don’t think player relations are a serious issue. I think if they were, Chilly would have already been fired. Chillies play calling is… suspect. I didnt like not taking a shot against Greenbay, and I’m to keen on his red zone play calling this year, at all. On the other hand, Chilly is a team first guy. He has built a decent squad out of the shambles that Mike Tice left us. IDK, this season is pretty mucha back to the wall scenario anyway. Although for the Vikes to survive they need to win in the division. So far they’re 1 and 1 in the division, nearly taking a game from the Packers on the road. The road to playoffs starts this weekend my friends. If the Vikes can win at Solider, they can take the Pack and Bears at home. There’s 3 wins, making it 6. The Bills are giveme, and the Lions are a decent chance if our boys are playing well. There’s 5, making it 8. 8-8 may get you in, it may not. Other teams include Gaints, Eagles, and Redskins. Giants are at home and is winnable. Eagles / Redskins flip a coin. Again, if you take the division and the Bills, if you can take the Giants you’re 9-7, a wilcard contender for sure. Maybe you can beat Philly and Wash and go 11-5, but lets leave some room for error. Point is, give Chilly the rest of the season, and go bawls to the wall for the division, and we have a real shot.

  36. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    since when r 6 sacks quiet? we completely Pwned them during the game. But we were like monsters to that O-line on the final possesion.

  37. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds like chaos is believing now– welcome aboard the train to Dallas!

  38. By rocksalt on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    CHILDRESS IS AN IDIOT……….WAKE UP!

  39. By Ajeeth on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Childress
    Promote Frazier to head coach.
    Hire Mike Singeltary for asst head coach/defensive coordinator.

  40. By silver fox 2 dallas on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Get al harris we have a free roster spot cause we let another hall of famer go! winfield and harris on the outside with cook and lito in the middle we would have great depth in the back field which we will need in the playoffs if there is still hope but first FIRE CHILDRESS

  41. By NEW COACH on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Please let me have the job..

  42. By rocksalt on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    SALUTE CHILDRESS WITH ONE FINGER!

  43. By GrinninWeasel on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    I’m going to be interested in what plays out after the Bears game. Thats the next test! FRAZIER FOR HEAD COACH!

  44. By TW VIKE on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    SALUTE THIS J@CK-OFF!!!!! Where do you Morons come from, Green Bay?

  45. By BRAD on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    get the clown out now !!!!!!!!! he is a joke dose not have a clue PLEASE

  46. By Mike Dodge on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Frazier is a head coach. No emotion

  47. By Mike Dodge on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry I mean Frazier is NOT a head coach

  48. By Rogerthevikefan on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Head coaches don’t need to yell to get their point across. When they speak you listen enough said. That means RESPECT. The TEAM RESPECTS FRAZIER. Promote him now.

  49. By Conner on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    I was interested in the Al Harris release until it went into detail the extent of his massive knee surgery, he’s 36, and may not be able to play this year. Yesterday the secondary seemed to keep a great Larry Fitzgerald in check. Was it the return of Lito Shephard that made the difference? Any comments??? Asher Allen wasn’t exposed, and he made some clean tackles.

  50. By fire childress on Nov 9, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, chilly lost the team a long time ago. we could of been 7-1 with a good coach. right now, we would be better off if Chilly just stayed in the locker room during the games

  51. By marcus on Nov 9, 2010 | Reply

    mike jenkins is a free agent! you think the vikes go after a skilled corner like jenkins…i think the cover 2 will fit his style of play?

  52. By Purple Fan on Nov 9, 2010 | Reply

    While everyone is on the fire Childress wagon, much has been made of Leslie Frazier sometime making the move up the line to a head coach. Doesn’t take a genious to maybe figure out you need to pay attention to the opponants best play maker…Larry Fitzgerald. You might want to think about bringing some safety help…a little double coverage occasionally instead of tv coverage showing him without anyone around him for 10 feet!!! How many times during the game. Really!!???

  53. By Trevor on Nov 9, 2010 | Reply

    Firing Chilly should happen but not yet. Vikings are still in it but the secondary needs help. That has been the weak point all year. SIGN AL HARRIS. His years of experience and knowledge of the Packers D make him a great fit in Minnesota.

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