19 September 2008
Panthers(2-0) @ Vikes(0-2)
The Vikings made a much needed change in at the quarterback position. The Vikes replaced the struggling Tarvaris Jackson with Gus the Bus Frerotte. Everyone will see if he is the answer for the Vikings this year to save the season. What really got T-Jack to go from the helmet to the head set was his inability to capitalize(score a TD) in the Indy game.Enough with the QB drama what do the Vikes need to do against the fast starting Panthers team.
What does the offense need to do?
With Adrian Peterson not able to practice on Thursday.Childress may be playing it safe or Chester might get a little more action. The Vikes may need to pass a little more than they have in the past two games.Considering in the first have in both games we ran with ease against the Packers and Colts. After halftime, both team put 7+ men in the box to stop AD and did so.More efficient passing, will keep the Panthers defense honest. The defense is average in both the pass coverage and run stop. With better passing , the Vikes should be able to exploit the Panthers.
What does the defense need to do?
With the Viking ability to stop the run as usually with the impressive 7. The run stop is 7th in the NFL thus far this season. With this happening, the opposition has to rely on the pass. This something the Vikes have been terrible at for the past couple of years, ranking at the bottom during this time. The match up that has been talked about most of the week is Winfield vs. Smith. Being his first game, Winfield will try to make his game back not a happy one. The Vikes, have to stop the big plays. As long as they can do that, I can easily see them being the victor.