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Hutchinson Returns, Set To Face Former Teammates

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 7, 2012 – 12:05 pm

It’s Sunday and Steve Hutchinson is warming up inside Mall of America Field. For the last severeal seasons, there would be nothing notable about that. But this season, it’s a subplot to today’s Vikings-Titans game because Hutchinson and the Vikings split up this past offseason, leading to his signing in Tennessee.

Hutchinson was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with a 1st-round pick in 2001, but signed with the Vikings as a free agent in 2005. In 6 seasons with the Vikings, Hutchinson played in 89 games and helped the Vikings advance to the playoffs twice (2008, 2009). Also in 6 seasons with the Vikings, Hutchinson battled the Vikings interior defensive line – anchored by Kevin Williams – during practices.

Today, he’ll battle Williams and Co. during a game. The Vikings defensive line has gone to more of a rotational strategy this season, and it’s produced results the past two weeks. The Vikings defensive line has 6 of the team’s 8 sacks the past two games, and for the season the Vikings are permitting just 3.3 yards per carry and roughly 85 yards per game.

On most snaps, looks for Hutchinson’s assignment to be either Williams or fellow starting DT Letroy Guion. When the rotation is in play, Hutchinson could see either Christian Ballard or Fred Evans, and in nickel situations it could even be Everson Griffen who lines up opposite Hutchinson.

It may not be the most important matchup or subplot of this game, but given how important Hutchinson was to the Vikings success in recent seasons, it’s certainly one worth watching. And with the Titans best offensive threat being RB Chris Johnson, who had 141 rushing yards last week, it ultimately may end up being one of the key matchups when all is said and done.


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41 Responses to “Hutchinson Returns, Set To Face Former Teammates”

  1. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    I didn’t know Hutch went to Tennessee.

  2. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings better be prepared or this will get ugly.

  3. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Colts mounting a comeback.

  4. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Game inactive list was to be released at 2p.m. e.s.t. It is now 2:40p.m. where is the list?

  5. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Celtic, don’t get me started. I am holding back a ton of recommendation for Wobbles. All I can say is one should improve every week/month/year through active professional development– and I don’t see it.

  6. By sandiamond on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    2 cst celtic. wobs has bunched these blogs together kinda late, get off that radio network!!

  7. By 32frank12 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    It is gameday baby!….Lets keep this train rolling. Predicting a great game on both sides of the ball for the vikes.
    SKOL VIKINGS!

  8. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    The league has rules as to when the inactives are to be released. Wobbs “advertised the time on the “HOME PAGE” AND DOESN’T FOLLOW THRU, RIDICULOUS!!!

  9. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    In watching the Steelers-Eagles game it’s hard to tell the regular officials are back.
    It’s absolutely ASTONISHING how they are letting the Philly CB’s get away with MUGGING the Steeler WR’s …

  10. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Has anyone in Minnesota heard ANYTHING re: the stadium issue from the Supreme court?

  11. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    He is now a FULL HOUR LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. By sandiamond on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    celtic stop it! nfl rules hour and half before the game

  13. By 32frank12 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Come on Colts down by 11 pts. Get a stop and score Colts keeping it close

  14. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    I was just giong by what was put on the “home page”. Can you EVER forgive me?

  15. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    going

  16. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    And Sandiamond, your point is???? Wobbles knew about this game before this morning. Professionalism demands best practices.

  17. By sandiamond on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    celtic you got the time zone mixed up. actives released on time

  18. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Celtic I am with you on this one, but the same MO has been in place here for years– no changes, no improvement.

  19. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Well, I am not concerned with Celtics’ particulars- my stand remains firm. There seems no rhyme or reason to the way this site is managed and operated. No procedural best practices– I have a dozen ideas I could implement now which would make the fans experience on this blog much better– and, don’t guess, cause you ain’t seen what I am talking about. Wobbles, you can hire my consulting services and I can make you the best –

  20. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Titus, kind word’s much appreciated…

    sandiamond….I guess you’re right, I should have known that the time shown on a Minnesota site was C.S.T. not E.S.T. that is shown everywhere else in the country, MY BAD!!!!

  21. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Now to something more positive– COLTS IN COMEBACK MODE!!!

  22. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    That was NOT meant to come across as a knock on Minnesota…..It’s just that I hate the use of E.S.T. as the “standard” everywhere…..

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    YEAH!!!

  24. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    C’MON COLTS!!!!!!!

  25. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Celtic– I don’t think anyone perceives your comments as a knock on Minnesota. Relax. Let’s enjoy the Colts take down the Packers.

  26. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks again Titus….GOTTA love the “LUCK”, go kid go….

  27. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I can’t help getting wound up on game day, brings me back to my playing day’s. An involuntary reaction if you will….

  28. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    More nervous energy at this stage of the game…

  29. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Indy has the ball again, can take the lead against G.B. C’MON Andrew, show’em what you’re made of…

  30. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    If Indy wins and we beat the Titans, this will be a great start to the week!

  31. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    THIS ONE IS FOR INDY!!!!

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  32. By sandiamond on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Looking good! Pack deflated out

  33. By BlueBird7 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Sending Hutch to Tenn was a very bad mistake! What is that old term
    “History will repeat itself?” There are a number of you that would like to apply that to Joe Webb! Ya, lets dump him, and start looking for another backup QB..

    What is that Homer, we have Whats his face, now 3rd string QB? Wow,
    he still has the price tags on him, and has never faced an opposing team BUT HE IS THE CHOSEN ONE!

  34. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Indy leads g.b. C’MON INDY “D”…..

  35. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    RODGERS SACKED TWICE IN A ROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FIVE SACKS THIS HALF ON RODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY BY INDY!!!

  37. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Oh oh.

  38. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Luck will have 4 minutes, that’s ALOT of time

  40. By RichardA1 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Go Crazy Defense!!! 7-0, Vikes look o’k.

  41. By vikingbob136 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    RG III knocked out of game.Next week we are at Wash.
    Colts beat Pack
    It’s scary how things are just all positive for the Vikes.
    Like it’s destiny or something.

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