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Lets see how Artis Hicks (stand in for their starting LT who's suspended), Steve Hutchinson, and Matt Birk handle Fat Al, KVB, and Keith Bulluck.
Minnesota's build like us with a strong OL and DL, and a strong running game. I think we have a better secondary and LB's. OL and DL are a tie. Peterson and Taylor out do LenDale and Chris Johnson. Collins beats Frerotte.
Looking at the statistics, we are weirdly similar in offense. They have more YPG and rushing, but we're better in everything else, especially in scoring. We got em on every defensive stat aside from run stopping.
It's gonna be a good game and it has a lot of key matchups. Whoever performs their philosophy best wins. I'm glad we're at home. :)
Its going to be a slug fest against Minny this week. Perhaps no two teams are more alike then these two. We have the advantage at QB, though its not like we are running away with the position and they have a much bigger advantage at running back. I believe I heard that Sidney Rice is out of this game, but am unsure. Like said before we do have the edge in LB and secondary with the d-line being about even, though I might give Minny an edge with the Williams boys and Jared Allen on the outside. Its going to be close. I'll say 14-13, Titans win with a late TD
Nope, Rice is playing for this game, but Madieau is still out.
Well then, I give a slight edge to the Vikes in the WR department, but we have the secondary to stop it. My only thing will be whether we could stop Adrian Peterson. Now, we could pretty beaten by Steve Slaton last week, but have handled Fred Taylor/MJD. AD is going to be the toughest match up to date, but I like our chances with Bulluck and Thornton on the outsides, and Fat Al manning the middle.
Steve Slaton got a lot of his yards on 2-3 big plays that were misdirection/outside plays. I know AD can get outside, I just feel our defense won't be caught as off guard with the running game this week as they were last week.
ESPN said the key matchup to watch for in this game is Albert Haynesworth versus Steve Hutchinson. The best interior defensive lineman against the league's top guard. I think whichever way this matchup goes will decide the running game. If Fat Al can get the best of Hutchinson, then we can stop the run game, otherwise it might be a tough day for our linebackers.
Big thing is Jeff Fisher, Schwartz, and Dinger against Childress and the Vikes coaching staff. I think we have a distinct advantage there, and we're at home to boot. Those two things will be huge with how similar these two teams are.
Originally posted by Pit Bull
Tulloch named starting MLB this week. Hopefully its permanent
HE LIVES!!! ;)
I've never been a Fowler hater. He actually has made a few plays lately. But I'd rather have a MLB who will make big plays but may be a little out of position at times than vice-versa. Bulluck, Thornton, and Hope can make up for Tulloch's mistakes. Plus, we'll need Tulloch's speed against AD.
I'll call 11+ tackles for Tulloch. Who's gots da over/under?