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Final Vikings-Texans Pre-Game Thoughts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 23, 2012 – 11:36 am

I just finished my weekly appearance on the Vikings Radio Network’s pre-game show. Here are a few of things we addressed, plus several other notes as we get closer to kickoff here at Reliant Stadium between the 12-2 Texans and 8-6 Vikings.

– Pound them with Peterson: Yes, Houston has a tough defense. But the Vikings have a tough run offense, and they have the best RB in the NFL in Adrian Peterson. The Vikings should do what they do best, and that’s run the ball. I don’t believe this Houston defense has been tested against the run the way the Vikings can test teams against the run.

– Pick your spots with Ponder: We’ve seen the Vikings lose despite 210 rushing yards by Peterson. So as good as #28 can be, the Vikings need Ponder and Co. to chip in, too. The Vikings got that last week in St. Louis (3 of 3 for 38 yards on opening drive), and they’ll look for it again today. Keep in mind, Houston has permitted 49 completions of 20+ yards this season, an average of 3.5 per game. Can the Vikings get one or two today?

Find (Arian) Foster: Houston QB Matt Schaub takes care of the ball and WR Andre Johnson is electric, but it starts with stopping Foster. He’s a TD machine and he’s a game-breaker. The Vikings have to stop him in order to stop the rest of Houston’s offense.

Need a “miscellaneous” TD: Whether the TD results directly from this kind of play or whether the offense gets an easy TD set up by this kind of play, the Vikings need a sensational special teams or defensive play to flip this game around. Blocked punt, blocked FG, INT, forced fumble, kickoff/punt return, something to switch the momentum on the road. I’m calling a Robert Blanton blocked punt.

Chris Cook returns: The Vikings will benefit from the return of CB Chris Cook. He’ll be matched up against Andre Johnson at times. This is why the Vikings invested in Cook – to guard big receivers.

Block JJ Watt: The Vikings simply can’t allow this guy to ruin the game. He’s going to get his numbers at times, but don’t allow him to take over. It may be easier said than done, but the Vikings have taken away marquee defensive players in the past, such as the way they neutralized San Francisco DE Justin Smith in Week 3. One way to do this might be to switch up the playcalling to go away from tendencies, scheme against him by using motion and formation shifts, and use his strengths to YOUR advantage by calling a few draws, screens and maybe even running right at him, something he might not be used to seeing.


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77 Responses to “Final Vikings-Texans Pre-Game Thoughts”

  1. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I want to sleep with Chris Cook!!!!

  2. By poser on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    ok, I’ll be done now. enjoy the game bloggers!

  3. By iaVike on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha. maybe fake, but funny.

  4. By Shawn on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I miss Percy :(

  5. By celticvikingwarrior on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I KNEW I WANTED A NEW QB PRIOR TO THIS WEEK……HOWEVER NOW THAT I SEE PONDER GOT MARRIED IN PISCONCIN….HE HAS GOT TO GO NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GIVE THE BALL TO WEBB OR M.B.T. AND SEND PONDER ON HIS HONEYMOON

    GO STRONG AP…..YOU GOT IT…….

  6. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I dont want to sleep with…but I do want him to be the father of my child ;)

    My boy Griffen finally gets the start, show off and show out!

    Skòl

  7. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Who do we need to lose today?

  8. By Shawn on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    0

  9. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    There are other scenarios but this is the only one im focused on at the moment:

    Vikings win out and the Ravens beat Giants, we’re in.

  10. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Texans3-Vikes0

  11. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey. Did we hire a new OC? All this motion, pPonder makin completions. Wow. This is different.

  12. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Touchdown!

  13. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Rudolf 3 yd TD reception.Vikes7-Texans3

  14. By xmasboy on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    YEAH BABY!!@!!

  15. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Chris Cook, how about you stop making Spencer look stupid and make a play!

  16. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    He hasn’t played a game in 8 weeks, relax.

  17. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Also, AJ Jeffy, can only hold on to guys. Get him outta there.

  18. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Blitzing is working for us, and the best plan for Jasper Brinkley, since he can’t cover at all.

  19. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin, big tackle for loss!

  20. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    OKAY JASPER I SEE YOU BOY!

  21. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    fumble recovery caused by Jasper Brinkley

  22. By Shawn on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    ….

  23. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Solid game so far

  24. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    CP7 silencing the home crowd.

  25. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey simpson caught one

  26. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    And looked slow, where as Wright has looked fast.

  27. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Good anticipation throw by Ponder

  28. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    But that timing route to Simpson was great

  29. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    AIR BLAIR, MAN THIS KID IS GOOD

  30. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Blair Walsh 56 yd FG.Vikes10-Texans3

  31. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Blair “Ice Cold” Walsh. What a kicker! NFL record setting rookie season!

  32. By SaltyDog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    That kick was right down the middle, and had another 6-7 yards on it for sure.

  33. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Secondary is much worse without cook…. get him back in there

  34. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Marcus Sherels never makes the first man miss on punt returns.

  35. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    There’s brick hands simpson

  36. By Shawn on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    cant believe ponder dropped that slant

  37. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder having a good game. Hope they keep working Wright into the game

  38. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Finally we blitz winfield! And weird we get a sack

  39. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    WRIGHT on cue

  40. By Super purple on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponders looking good today

  41. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Blair Walsh FG.Vikes13-Texans3

  42. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Why doesn’t Ponder go to the side line to review pictures after a drive regardless of its outcome etc? Even AD goes to study? I don’t get it.

  43. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Defense played their best half of football this year.

    Like I have been saying, Cook is the most valuable player on the defense.

  44. By Tomcat on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Texans runnin` scared now!

  45. By Super purple on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I really don’t like Musgrave! Maybe Ponder got some good lovin on his wedding night!!

  46. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Is Jared Allen playing today?

  47. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed Spencer, at least in our secondary. It’s a sieve without him but looks very stout when he is in.

  48. By Super purple on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cook is the missing link in our D.lol

  49. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Haha dam straight he is Super Purple!

  50. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Think it’s important to come out and put points on the board to start this half. Set the tone for the rest of the game.

  51. By vikingmike on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I wish we would play action on first down or bootleg. A score to start the half would be big. I don’t think the Texans play well from behind.

  52. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly Mike whenever teams play us they seem to always do good when playing from behind.

  53. By vikingmike on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    This is true.

  54. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    2 not very good throws come on

  55. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    What a catch by Wright, this guy is a gamer

  56. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Blair Walsh FG.Vikes16-Texans3

  57. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    All I can do is shake my head

  58. By vikingmike on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Our play calling inside the 20 is to predictable.

  59. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah it’s not very good

  60. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Great D, everyone take note how we have only allowed 3 points so far… wait til we get in prevent D if we still have a lead in the 4th.

    PLEASE NO PREVENTTTTT

  61. By vikingmike on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Our D is on it today.

  62. By Spencer on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cook with the brilliant coverage- see those are plays that go unnoticed by the fans.

  63. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yup there’s the Ponder we know and loathe

  64. By Parkway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Griffen needs to replace Robison permanently

  65. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    we need to sew that edge up.those safeties are getting in easily.

  66. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    how about a passing play on 1st down.the Texans safeties are playing the edge heavy on the line.THERE IS ZERO COVERAGE OUT THERE.

  67. By TheRealDon on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    can we not block the edge on the runs

  68. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Jasper Brinkley can’t cover.he stays lost in passing plays unless he’s just sitting in the middle waiting on a crossing route.

  69. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes16-Texans6.

  70. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    @TheRealDon..i been complaining about that since the 1st quarter.

  71. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    where’s the helmet to helmet penalty?

  72. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Toby Gerhart TD.Vikes23-Texans6

  73. By vikingmike on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    This has been a great team effort today. And dare I say it, Ponder and the D won this game today.

  74. By vikingmike on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’he questioned how good the AFC really is…I’m not sure they’re that good.

  75. By dee jay born on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    the defense totally dominated today.Ponder had a good game.much needed win.let’s finish the deal next week at home.SKOL Vikes…

  76. By TheRealDon on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    why is ap not in the game

  77. By Eggnog on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I want to congrat coach Leslie for great game today ! I also want to say
    The more smash mouth talk on coach Bill and his boy Ponder the bitter vikings seems to win a game. so I’m going to say this again Ponder you still can’t even throw the reason why the vikings won b.c of the team defense was awesome and yes offense was good eveone was a team player today so thank you y’all ! AP my man keep it going I know u can do it , so just do it !!

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