The Vikings have had plenty of time to think about all the things they did wrong in the game against the Saints. Now they have to do plenty of things right to beat a very solid Miami Dolphins team on Sunday in Minnesota’s home opener. While it is too early to call this a must win game, it is still a very important game for the Vikings in many ways.
The offense needs to establish balance and consistency. Last week against New Orleans Brett Favre and the passing game struggled in a big way. Everything seemed to be a little off, from the timing with the receivers, to the protection packages with the offensive line and more. Against Miami the Vikings need to play much better through the air. The Dolphins have a somewhat inexperienced secondary and with the absence of Sidney Rice, Chester Taylor, and possibly Percy Harvin, Miami will make stopping Adrian Peterson their number one goal. That strategy should leave plenty of open opportunities for Favre, Visanthe Shiancoe, and former Dolphin Greg Camarillo. All of this of course depends on the offensive line to provide time.
Defensively the Minnesota game plan should be pretty simple. First, they have to stick to new WR Brandon Marshall. Next, they must at least control, if not dominate the line of scrimmage. Running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams pose a significant threat to any defense, and even though they do not use the wildcat offense often, that option still provides something else the defense has to prepare for. Looking at Miami’s quarterback, Chad Henne, it seems like if you can put any pressure on him at all, he will be ineffective.
Overall, I expect the Vikings to play well early in the game. They were 9-0 last year in the dome at home. If Minnesota carries a lead in to the third quarter, I think they will win, but it probably won’t be high scoring. Unless the Vikes really light it up in the passing game, expect a 20-13 win or something close to that.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).