The Vikings will hit the outdoor practice fields at Winter Park Monday afternoon to begin preparation for the preseason finale against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. But before we focus on the Texans and Leslie Frazier’s press conference later today, let’s empty out the notebook from Saturday night’s game…
– We’ll focus exclusively on the defensive side of the ball here and first mention DE Brian Robison, who played well in my opinion. Robison pressured Romo on the Cowboys first 3rd-down play, he made a nice play on Dallas’ second offensive series when he stayed home to snuff out an end-around by WR Kevin Ogletree and then put a great inside spin move on RT Tyron Smith – a 1st-round pick in last April’s draft – to pressure Romo on a 3rd-down play late in the 1st quarter that resulted in an incompletion and Dallas FG. There was also a play on 1st and 10 with about 9:20 to play in the 2nd quarter where RB Felix Jones ran wide right and Robison did a great job of stringing the play out while being blocked by Smith.
– LB E.J. Henderson has had a solid training camp and definitely passes the eye test this preseason. He appeared to be in mid-season form on Saturday night, too. Henderson knifed though the Cowboys offensive line on the fourth play of the game to stop a cutback by Jones. Then, he did it again against RB Tashard Choice on a 1st-and-20 with just over 3 minutes to play in the 1st half.
– CB Cedric Griffin saw his first extended action since coming back from a second torn ACL early last season. Dallas of course targeted Griffin early and often, but all things considered I thought Griffin help up very well. Romo went after Griffin on the first play of the game with a quick pass to WR Dez Bryant, but Griffin made a good play and was able to drop Bryant for a gain of just 1 yard. Also, Griffin was able to make a good open-field tackle on Jones early in the 2nd quarter, which was an impressive play because Jones is one of the shiftiest players in the League and Griffin took him down in wide open space.
– DE Jared Allen was flirting with pressuring Romo for most of the 1st half but was just never able to get home, until the first play after the 2-minute warning on 3rd down when he used his speed to get past the LT and force Romo to vacate the pocket. Rookie DT Christian Ballard was there to snag Romo as he tried to get away from Allen. While Allen hasn’t registered a bunch of sacks this preseason, he had one of the best training camps of any Vikings player and he looks explosive coming off the ball in games.
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