I'm looking at Webby's" front page article...
the crowd came alive after a few dull quarters of defensive ball
...What should give every Vikings fan pause was that our defense, porous for a decade, raised its levels to match the efforts of Carolina's defense.
I have said before and I'll say it again here, the future of the Minnesota Vikings under Coach Childress is going to be "dull quarters of defensive ball" -- Offensively there will be lots of running plays and a few passes here and there. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EXCITING FOOTBALL but I believe it's going to be winning football.
But I predict that even if the Vikes keep winning if scores remain close and low, like they have been (and you can bet they will be) many fans are going to rise up and demand more long passes and more "fakery" to produce a few long, exciting runs. That's the nature of Minnesota fans.
But today's Vikes are not the Vikes of the past unless you go back to early in the
Bud Grant era.
With that said, I expect another defensive game with the Bears. They bring one of league's leading defenses into the Metrodome and a much improved offense under the direction of Rex Grossman. Minnesota's hope is to pressure Grossman A LOT and to stop the Chicago run (which should be a whale of a lot easier than stopping Grossman).
I think one of the other "keys" to the game will be Marcus Johnson. He will again face a top tight end in Ogunleye. The performance of our offense could depend on this one factor stopping Ogunleye.
But in the end, I think Chicago is still gonna win this game in a "dull defensive battle" 21-13.