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Vikings Will Plan To Keep Peppers Cool In Chicago

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 10, 2010 – 4:30 pm

In an earlier entry we pointed out that one important aspect of this weekend’s game against the Bears is the Vikings pass rush because Chicago has allowed more sacks than any other team and the Vikings are coming off a 6-sack performance against the Arizona Cardinals.

But make no mistake, the Bears feel the same way about their pass rush against the Vikings offense. And the key to Chicago’s pass rush is DE Julius Peppers, one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers and a player with whom the Vikings became too familiar last season in a game against Peppers’ former team, the Carolina Panthers.

In that game, Vikings QB Brett Favre was constantly pressured and he was sacked 4 times. The offense was never able to get on track as a result. Peppers had 1.0 of the 4 sacks but his impact on the game was greater than his sack total indicated. He was a disruptive force both against the Vikings passing attack and the ground game.

Vikings LT Bryant McKinnie took the brunt of the criticism following the game. While meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was asked about McKinnie’s mindset heading into this weekend’s game against the Bears and, ultimately, a rematch with Peppers.

“He’s a prideful guy,” Childress said of his LT. “He’ll see him (Peppers) on that side, of course, and you’re also going to see [Peppers] show up on the other side, too. Typically he goes to the open-ended side.”

Regardless of where he lines up, Peppers is an effective defender in both the run game and pass game and he’s a player the Vikings will have to account for on every play.

So how will the Vikings use personnel and scheme to try and neutralize Peppers?

“You usually talk about that, whether you’re going to cover a tight end over on that side or there’s going to be a back fading to that guy,” Childress explained. “All those protections are different. Sometimes you’ve got to stand by yourself because nobody’s going to be left in the backfield. Sometimes you’re going to make sure that you get both the tackles get help with the rush coming off the edge.”

The Vikings offensive line played well during the 2nd half against Arizona, which was an important factor in the Vikings 2nd-half surge and eventual victory. A similar performance this week in Chicago from that group will go a long way toward the Vikings registering their 4th win of the season.

Did You Know?
Bears DE Julius Peppers has 64.0 sacks since 2004. But Vikings DE Jared Allen has fared a little better, tallying 75.5 sacks since entering the league in 2004, more than any other NFL player over that span.


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36 Responses to “Vikings Will Plan To Keep Peppers Cool In Chicago”

  1. By Bruce on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    EVEN MORE REASON TO USE THE SHOTGUN FORMATION AND THE NO- HUDDLE OFFENSE MORE OFTEN!

    P.S. Does anyone else think that Childress has the warmth of a rattlesnake? I just came up with that analogy today for him.

  2. By Bruce on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    CHILLY!!!!!!!! DONT BE SO CHILLY!!!!!!!

  3. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce, that’s being very disrespectful towards rattlesnakes.

  4. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    McKinnie to cool down Peppers???? I will believe it if and when I see it…….I suspect Mckinnie might catch pneumonia from the constant whilting breez as Peppers flies by him……..

  5. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, I thikn some ole rattlers would have a bone to pick ……..

  6. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Another difference, rattlers are warm-blooded

  7. By mdodge on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    need to use 2 or 3 TE sets and run the ball down their throats. Do like the no huddle idea though, worked very well last week. Plus that means that childress and bevel aren’t calling the plays

  8. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry, rattlers are cold-blooded, just like Chili. Unlike Chili, however, they don’t eat their young.

  9. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Plus they give you a warning before they bite (waive) you

  10. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Plus,. they would make better coaches

  11. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Tough to find hats their size, however.

  12. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Brad’s size?

  13. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    RockSalt, remember, they’re not as scaly as BC !

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    How are you doing RS ? Nice to know that you and I and half the team hate this clown, haven’t heard from fred!

  15. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Good Nova-
    How are you my friend?
    I am fightin again with BSS on one of the earlier blogs……some things never change!

  16. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Fred and BSAS should go to the Vikes dressing room, find out who the malcontents are, read them some stats and give them a severe toungelashing!!!!!!!!

  17. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    HaHaHa

  18. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    I meant tonguelashing,don’t want the spelling police on my case.

  19. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Do you think Barry Switzer, the best coach in Cowpie history, was this disliked by his team?

  20. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Remember that marshmallow salesman who punched out Billy Martin in a Minneapolis bar years ago? He could probably still take Childress.

  21. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Haha .right I don’t recall his name, but I would even consider Frank Caliendo for our head coach………

  22. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hard to say about Switzer…….at least he looked like a typical football coach…..

  23. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    RS, what blog are you on with BSAS, I’d like to add my 2 cents worth !!

  24. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Wonder how long it takes Insane & Delerious to get here….

  25. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Favre up for never say never blog

  26. By Bruce on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Great informative show about the Vikings on Playbook tonight, THEY HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WITH OUR O-LINE & D-LINE!

  27. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce-
    Is there a link?

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

    last time we played against Peppers, he got 4 sacks on Farve and we got blew out against a weaker team last year. whats going to change this time?

  29. By Steve on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Agree with the guy’s on Playbook , regarding our O and D lines. It all starts there, and it looks as though the guy’s are coming around. This team is fully capable of a 10 and 6 season.

  30. By Conner on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with mdodge: 2 or 3 tight ends can help block on Peppers. AP has had one of his career high rushing games against the Bears. Peppers is mainly known for his tremendous pass rush, not his run stopping. Also the no huddle for the first 2 or 3 drives. THe Bengals, and Bills used to do this with Esiason and Kelly during their Super Bowl years. Once the defense is tired, their tired for the day. We don’t have a rookie Q.B. in fact he has more experience than Tarkenton who Bud Grant instilled this trust. Make it difficult for defensive substitutions. Establish a tempo and be bold!

  31. By Lito on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Mt. Mckinnie got to prove that his Pro-Bowl selection last year was not a fluke. Loadholt will also be tested. Both Vikings defensive and offensive lines have to dominate. Good luck!

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

    lets activate Chilly with pads and have him block Peppers, since he likes cutting good players

  33. By Moss84 on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Peppers is going to eat the vikes for lunch.

  34. By Mo Probs on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Moss84 you are wrong! Peppers is not going to have a big day we have Chester to help block him. OH WAIT THATS RIGHT WE LET HIM GO TO THE BEARS. Sh!T.!!!!!!!!!

  35. By purplehaze on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    see, i knew we should have gone after him last year before the bears got him; he would of been great as a viking; would have shown some of the other guys how to bring it every play

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