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    Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

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    [size=12pt]Positional Power Rankings: D-lines[/size]
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    Updated: July 30, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT 10 comments
    When you think about it, it makes perfect sense that defensive linemen have historically been the biggest stars (literally and figuratively) on defense. Some of them had killer nicknames — the Fearsome Foursome, the Purple People Eaters, the Steel Curtain. After all, the guys attacking and clobbering opposing quarterbacks are easy to spot, especially when they chop down the heart of the offense.

    Anyone doubting the game-changing importance of the attacking front four should pop in a DVD of Super Bowl XLII, the game that altered NFL history — both stunning the then-18-0 Patriots' bid for ultimate perfection and launching the Giants to among the NFL's elite.

    Which units are super-sized in 2009? Quality depth is of utmost importance to our top units in a position that can be awfully tough on the guys duking it out in the trenches.

    Also, keep in mind that teams employing 3-4 defenses need fewer bodies down low and scheme-wise aren't prioritizing monster-sack numbers by the DEs.
    And here's the important bit:

    2. VIKINGS

    Starters:
    LDE Ray Edwards
    NT Pat Williams
    DT Kevin Williams
    RDE Jared Allen

    Backups:
    DE Martail Burnett
    DT Fred Evans
    DT Letroy Guion
    DE Otis Grigsby
    DT Antoine Holmes
    DT Tremaine Johnson
    DT Jimmy Kennedy
    DE Jayme Mitchell
    DE Brian Robison
    DE Kenechi Udeze


    The biggest concern here is whether the Williamses will have to eventually serve four-game suspensions for taking the banned diuretic that was contained in StarCaps. Their case against the NFL continues to work its way through the court system so for the time being they remain eligible. That gives the Vikings Pro Bowl players at three of the four positions on the line. Allen cost the Vikings both in terms of compensation that was sent to Kansas City to obtain his rights and the subsequent six-year, $74.5 million contract he got from Minnesota after being obtained. But he quickly proved to be worth the investment, finishing with 14.5 sacks in his first season with the Vikings despite playing injured much of the time. The Vikings had lacked this type of edge rusher for many seasons and adding him to a unit that already was outstanding against the run makes their defense potentially one of the best in the NFL. The fact the Vikings are so good against the run is due in large part of the presence of the Williams Wall in the middle. Pat Williams is a gigantic force and the ultra-athletic Kevin Williams is one of the league's best 3-technique tackles. Edwards is the only unproven member of this foursome and it wouldn't be surprising to see Robison push him for the job at left end.
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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    I agree that the G-men may have a deeper and overall more talented D-line.
    However if you go off just the starting 4, then I think you have to give the nod to the Vikes.
    In fact our front seven, with EJ healthy, is one of the top 3 if not top front seven in the league.
    Hopefully our secondary continues to improve.
    And when I say improve I mean Griffin diminishes that 10 yard cushion by a couple yards.
    But again this year our Defense should dominate.
    The Steelers game is going to be fun to watch.

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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    It's refreshing to see the Vikings with a defense again.
    It was painful to be a fan for the many nondefense years.
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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    "Prophet" wrote:
    It's refreshing to see the Vikings with a defense again.
    It was painful to be a fan for the many nondefense years.
    +1


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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    The Vikings have a better defensive line then the Giants.

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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    "Prophet" wrote:
    It's refreshing to see the Vikings with a defense again.
    It was painful to be a fan for the many nondefense years.
    It was incredibly frustrating losing games with the offense we had, just because our defense was so pitiful.


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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    "ItalianStallion" wrote:
    "Prophet" wrote:
    It's refreshing to see the Vikings with a defense again.
    It was painful to be a fan for the many nondefense years.
    It was incredibly frustrating losing games with the offense we had, just because our defense was so pitiful.
    and equally as frustrating losing games with the defense we had, just because our offense was so pitiful.

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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "ItalianStallion" wrote:
    "Prophet" wrote:
    It's refreshing to see the Vikings with a defense again.
    It was painful to be a fan for the many nondefense years.
    It was incredibly frustrating losing games with the offense we had, just because our defense was so pitiful.
    and equally as frustrating losing games with the defense we had, just because our offense was so pitiful.

    Haha +1

    Although it was rough seeing one of the best offenses of all time not make it

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    "Yfz01" wrote:
    The Vikings have a better defensive line then the Giants.
    Eh, arguable.
    Maybe our starting line up yes.
    But the Giants have a very deep group, and they're talented all the way through.


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    Re: Positional Power Rankings: D-lines

    "V4L" wrote:
    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    "ItalianStallion" wrote:
    "Prophet" wrote:
    It's refreshing to see the Vikings with a defense again.
    It was painful to be a fan for the many nondefense years.
    It was incredibly frustrating losing games with the offense we had, just because our defense was so pitiful.
    and equally as frustrating losing games with the defense we had, just because our offense was so pitiful.

    Haha +1

    Although it was rough seeing one of the best offenses of all time not make it
    Taking a knee to go to OT
    Moss dropping a TD
    Gary Anderson missed Field Goal

    three main reasons we lost that game... not defense related.
    Other years I wondered what the hell they were doing on the field... I distinctly remember one game I was watching, they cut to a highlight in a Vikings game that wasn'ta ired where I live, and the announcer said "And we quickly switch to the Vikigns vs.. X
    where Mike Tice is saying "Can somebody please cover anybody?"
    " as the Vikings gave up a lead.

    Those were frustrating times, thats for sure... fortunately the Packers suffered from the same thing.

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