Vikings Rush Defense Key To Divisional Win

Posted by cjsiewert on November 12, 2010 – 7:36 am

Holding a dominant rushing attack is nothing new for the Vikings defense. They were the NFL’s #1 rush defense for 3 consecutive seasons (2006-08) and last year they ranked #2.

This year the Vikings are yielding 96.3 yards per game, which ranks 5th in the NFL and 3rd in the NFC.

A key matchup in Sunday’s game will be the Vikings rush defense vs. the Bears ground game. The Vikings hold a statistical advantage, with their defense ranking 5th in the NFL – and 3rd in the NFC – against the run (allowing 96.3 yards per game) and Chicago generating the 27th best rushing attack at 90.6 yards per game.

To obtain the all-important divisional victory this weekend, the Vikings must hold true to their form. When combining the 3 Vikings wins, the defense has allowed just 70.0 rushing YPG. In 5 losses, the Vikings have allowed 112.0 YPG – a significant difference.

“It has been a little bit up and down,” Frazier said of his run defense on Thursday. “Hopefully we’re on the right track now. We’ll need to do well against the run this weekend. Chicago has the ability to be able to run the football. They’ve got some good backs in Forte and Chester (Taylor), so we’ll have to play good run defense.”

Placing an emphasis on stopping the run is a primary objective for any defense over the course of a season, but it will be especially significant for the Vikings come Sunday. If the Williams Wall, Jared Allen and Co. can turn the Bears offense one dimensional to the aerial attack, it might spell trouble for Chicago QB Jay Cutler.

In the 7 games Cutler has played this season, he has been sacked 28 times. So needless to say, if the Vikings can stop the run and force the Bears to drop back and air it out, Cutler has a good chance of watching the game from his backside.

It seems like a simple formula for success – stop the run, turn the offense one dimensional and capitalize on an offensive line that’s allowed an average of 4 sacks a game on its starting QB. But can it be executed? And more important is the mentality to achieve such success.

“I remember talking to Ray Edwards earlier in the week about some things we wanted to be able to do in this last ball game and he said, ‘Coach, whatever you want to do, I just want to win,’” Frazier recalled of a conversation with DE Ray Edwards. “I said, ‘Man, that’s the attitude you want to hear from your players.’ ‘Forget my statistics, I just want to win.’ If we don’t get 20 sacks this year and we win the championship, I’m a happy dude. That’s the attitude we all need to have. Don’t get caught up in stats, the bottom line is we need to win.”

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19 Responses to “Vikings Rush Defense Key To Divisional Win”

  1. By Fire 4 eyes!!!! on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Tard ASAP!!!!

  2. By David on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Too bad Childress doesn’t have the same attitude as Edwards. I just want to win forget my personal selfish pride.

  3. By Pat the Viking on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    We need start building a big lead early in the games as we did last year – start putting up 28 points in the 1st Q – then add another 21 points in the 2nd Q go into the half with a big lead – our defense causes other teams to realize they cant score on us –

    we always WIN when we build up a big lead on other teams

  4. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    umm, we have to run the board. what are the chances of running the board? about the same as the world ending on Dec. 23rd 2012

  5. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    thanks for putting us in this big, bad, black hole Chilly

  6. By arahn on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Now where’s Fred to ramble-off the latest stats he’s uncovered to show us what a super coach Chilly is? Common sense need not apply when you can find the right stats.

  7. By arahn on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Firing Moss was still a stupid move for an egotistical “coach” who can’t take well earned criticism from a hall of fame player — what are the stats on that?

  8. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    there is no stats on Chilly waiving a hall of fame player. no other coach has done anything that stupid before.

  9. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    there is no stats on Chilly waiving a hall of fame player. no other coach has done anything that stupid before. it’s too bad we didn’t get rid of chilly last year

  10. By arahn on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, we didn’t get rid of him because while the team was hot he ran to Wilf to get a 4 year contract extension ’cause he knew it was just a matter of time before people figured out he was incompetent. Now he can get fired and paid well for it.

  11. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    @arahn– You make a case that Chilly is a genius. I would not go that far.

  12. By arahn on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    good point. I thought I was making the case he was a bit of a weasel

  13. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    you have to admit, Chilly is a weasel. it’s hard to extort money from a billionaire. Chilly pulled it off though

  14. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    at the expense of all us fans though. now we suffer

  15. By Danimal on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Childress and Arahn you two are haters – Moss is lazy and gives no effort – He does not high point the ball at any time like Larry Fitzgarld, if it’s not right to him he gives no effort – If he had the desire of Rice or Harvin – or Camirillo for that matter he would have caught the ball against New England when he was interfered with instead of just watching it drop. Glad he is gone. FYI – AP’s stats are much better in the games played without Moss. You two should go find some puppies to kick.

  16. By craig s on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    this us the weakest bunch if primadonnas ive ever seen,their new name is the laydown defense,allen walks around like hes in the wwe,with his arms out,and he doesnt even draw a double team,he quits more plays than he plays!!!

  17. By larry merrill on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Well fellow viking fans, i really do think its time to get a different head coach, not only beacuse of todays game but from past bad desions that childress has made in the past few games that we should of won. cowboys made a change and now its our turn. i think leslie frazer shoul be given his chance to lead the vikings. also the team is not trying their best we have alot of talent but its not put to use. there is no reason that we should be where we are . so mr. wolfe fire childress your fans are calling for it .

  18. By Jeanne on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    I totally agree with you it is time to FIRE Childress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please do it so we have some dignity left. Childress uses the same play’s over and over. 1st down Peterson 2nd down Peterson game after game it is no wonder why we loose because the whole season it is the same plays. Get rid of him……………….it is a joke everyone we play knows what we are going to do on 1st and 2nd down. Ziggy PLEASE GET RID OF HIM. Time to clean house.

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