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    #1 Rush Defense?

    With the Giants putting so much rush yards on the cowboys doesnt that make us the best rush defense in the league?

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    Re: #1 Rush Defense?

    I saw C.t is the leading rusher!!!


    and here's the top 5 rush defence.
    Team



    G Att

    Att/G Yds
    Avg
    Yds/G TDs FDs 20+
    Dallas



    5 114
    22.8
    335
    2.9
    67.0
    4
    20
    0
    Minnesota
    6 138
    23.0
    425
    3.1
    70.8
    4
    22
    3
    Baltimore
    6 156
    26.0
    427
    2.7
    71.2
    1
    24
    1
    Chicago

    6 136
    22.7
    447
    3.3
    74.5
    1
    22
    2
    San Diego
    6 122
    20.3
    492
    4.0
    82.0
    3
    28
    3

    so i would say that YES.. after last nites game we are the #1 D against the run!!!!!!

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    Re: #1 Rush Defense?

    In all honesty, I would say Baltimore is.
    They allow an average of only 2.7 ypc versus our 3.1 ypc.
    We have allowed 2 fewer yards, but on 18 fewer carries.


    Still, we have one tough run defense, and that's something to be quite proud of.
    Now, if only our secondary could shut some more people down....(Although, being between 13-15 in totla passing yards allowed isn't bad at all!!!).

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    Re: #1 Rush Defense?

    [size=13pt]You can't run on the Vikings[/size]

    By Eric Krupka on October 23, 2006 12:44 AM

    In life, there are certain things you just can't do.

    Walk on water.

    Drink a gallon of milk in an hour.

    Now you can add this to the list: Run on the Minnesota Vikings .

    After Sunday's thwarting of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field, you can add running back Maurice Morris and the Seahawks to the list that have felt the wrath of the Minnesota defense.

    Heading into the game the Vikings were fourth in the NFL, allowing just 74.4 yards per game on the ground. After Sunday, the numbers became even more staggering. On 21 carries the Seahawks gained a microscopic 53 yards. Take away a 27-yard scamper by Morris in the first quarter, and the numbers get much worse. Twenty carries, 26 yards, 1.3 yards per carry.

    And it isn't just the Seahawks having trouble grinding out yards on the ground against the Vikings. In Week 1 the Redskins did manage to gain 103 yards, but it took a myriad of different ways to do it. Wide receivers Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El chipped in 35 yards. Running back Clinton Portis was held to 39 yards on 10 carries. As a team, the 'Skins averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

    In Week 2 the Carolina Panthers ' duo of DeShaun Foster (13 carries, 26 yards) and DeAngelo Williams (13 carries, 74 yards) averaged just 3.8 yards per carry.

    By Week 3 it became obvious no yards would be easy on the ground. The Bears, touted as a solid rushing team, were only able to accumulate 51 yards on 21 carries. Running back Thomas Jones gained just 13 yards on his first eight carries, finishing with 54 on 18.

    The following week brought the league's leading rusher at the time, Willis McGahee. The Bills' bruising back finished with a 2.7-yard per carry average.

    Week 5 saw the Detroit Lions rush for just 16 yards, with quarterback Jon Kitna leading the way with a meager eight.

    And this past Sunday, the Seahawks fell in line with their predecessors. One might wonder how the Vikings have improved so much on defense in just one season.

    The answers: Mike Tomlin, team speed and pursuit, and the Williams'.

    First-year defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin has brought the Tampa Cover 2 philosophy with him, modifying it slightly to give the Vikings' unit his own wrinkle. His schemes have been met with nothing but success.

    The defense puts unrelenting pressure on opposing offenses and the speed in pursuit by everyone is remarkable. Rarely are players seen out of position, confused or tackling with their arms. Tomlin deserves as much credit as any for improving the unit vastly in such a short period of time.

    However, don't let that fool anyone. The 34-year-old coordinator has the players needed to run his system effectively and has made it a point that stopping the run is paramount to success. His players have fell in line and have executed everything he's asked of them.

    Linebacker Ben Leber put it best after the game.

    "Things are just working out right now," said the veteran.

    Last season, the defense allowed 115.1 yards per game on the ground. Although it's only been six games this year, the unit has shaved off an astounding 44.3 yards per game off its average.

    For those of you doing the math at home, the 2006 Vikings are currently giving up just 70.8 rushing yards per game.

    As much of the credit that goes to Tomlin and the rest of the defense, two players have been instrumental in the entire success of the defense -- especially against the run. Those two are known as the "Williams Wall." Defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams are forces to be reckoned with. Standing 6-foot-3, weighing 317 pounds and 6-5, 304, respectively, they clog up the middle. But, that's not all they do.

    Pat Williams, a prolific run-stuffer, has sneaky speed, and is as good as any lineman in the NFL going straight downhill or horizontal toward the sideline. Kevin Williams is more than just a run-stuffer; in fact, he made a name for himself as a pass-rushing tackle, registered 10 ½ sacks as a rookie. Williams followed that up with 11 ½ the next season and on Sunday added his fourth sack of 2006.

    While there aren't many things in the world that are impossible to do, running on the Minnesota Vikings ' defense is becoming something opposing offenses just can't do. At least with success, that is.

    -Eric Krupka is a senior writer for RealFootball365.com. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Well, I've said it here before: The Vikings are a better team than The Bears. Just that a lot of people don't realize it yet. It just takes time for an offense to jell. All the right tools are there. Sometimes I think that only Howe Long and myself have been seeing this since pre-season. I'll admit it though: I can't explain the Buffalo loss. - Stupid play-calling...?

    Posted by: Archangel | October 23, 2006 01:02 PM


    I am 41 years old from syracuse i have always been a minnesota viking fan though we had some great defenses in the past i think this year is one of our best. If our offense do as well as they did against the seahawks for the remainder of the season we will go to the superbowl.

    Posted by: jake | October 23, 2006 01:48 PM


    At this stage in the season, the Vikings have to have one of the best defenses. After Chicago, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, and maybe Denver I don't know who has a more balanced and suffocating defense. The Williams are amazing in which make it impossible to run up the middle. If you try to take it to the outside, the speed guys like Udeze, E.J. Henderson and Napoleon Harris will chase you down. Even Winfield will take you out despite being quite small. The Secondary is as good as any as Sharper and Dwight Smith are both reliable veterans. Smoot and Winfield are good cover corners. Cedric Griffin and Greg Blue look like they have very bright futures with the team. Chester Taylor was a key off-season acquisition and if he keeps up this pace of 100 yard games good get a Pro Bowl berth or maybe just an alternate. But that's not bad for a first year starter. If the receivers can pick it up this could be one of the more dangerous teams in the NFL. They also have a very easy November schedule as they've put the more difficult games behind them. After a difficult New England game at home on SNF, they travel to San Francisco, and then have games they should win agains Green Bay, Miami, and Arizona. 11 wins is realistic and is what the Vikings need if they want to challenge the Bears for the NFC North crown. A Wild Card is a very high chance for this team.

    Posted by: LaDainian | October 23, 2006 05:20 PM


    These are my predictions for the playoffs....Reply if you want: AFC 1. Indianpolis 2. Denver 3. New England 4. Cincinnati 5. San Diego 6. Jacksonville/Baltimore NFC 1. Chicago 2. Philadelphia 3. New Orleans 4. Seattle 5. Minnesota 6. Carolina 2nd Round AFC San Diego at Indianapolis New England at Denver NFC Minnesota at Chicago Carolina at Philadelphia/New Orleans AFC Championship San Diego at Denver NFC Championship Carolina at Chicago Super Bowl San Diego vs. Chicago Chicago wins. I know that's not what Vikings fans want to hear but I think it's going to be the end result.

    Posted by: LaDainian | October 23, 2006 09:08 PM

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    Re: #1 Rush Defense?

    Vikings

    Defensive stats:

    yds/g: 7th overall, 2nd in NFC

    pts/g: 6th overall

    rushing yds/g: 1st overall

    yds passing/game: 16th overall

    Offensive stat:

    Offensive TOP: 4th overall




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    Re: #1 Rush Defense?

    Total Defense - Total Yards/Game
    Team G Plys Yds/G Y/P FD/G 3rd Md 3rd Att 3rd % 4th Md 4th Att 4th % Pen PenYds TOP TF L
    San Diego 6 322 241.2 4.5 14.5 21 68 30.9 2 7 28.6 36 335 25:12 8 4
    Chicago 6 352 243.2 4.1 13.5 19 82 23.2 3 6 50.0 50 400 28:32 11 10
    Baltimore 6 355 252.0 4.3 14.2 26 78 33.3 2 6 33.3 28 206 29:22 13 6
    Denver 6 371 272.0 4.4 15.7 23 83 27.7 2 8 25.0 38 318 29:13 9 5
    Oakland 6 360 273.0 4.5 15.2 32 82 39.0 3 6 50.0 29 218 31:55 5 2
    Miami 7 430 276.6 4.5 16.6 39 101 38.6 5 6 83.3 37 305 30:07 13 5
    Minnesota 6 371 277.8 4.5 16.2 26 84 31.0 2 4 50.0 50 353 28:19 7 3
    Dallas 6 359 287.3 4.8 16.7 27 80 33.8 2 4 50.0 31 346 28:20 11 5
    Jacksonville 6 355 292.5 4.9 15.2 30 83 36.1 1 4 25.0 29 269 27:41 3 2
    New England 6 350 299.3 5.1 16.0 31 82 37.8 0 3 0 46 375 28:53 10 5

    The Vikes are 7th.
    This week's opponent is 10th.

    Rushing Defense

    Team G Att Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TDs FDs 20+
    Minnesota 6 138 23.0 425 3.1 70.8 4 22 3
    Baltimore 6 156 26.0 427 2.7 71.2 1 24 1
    Chicago 6 136 22.7 447 3.3 74.5 1 22 2
    Dallas 6 153 25.5 490 3.2 81.7 5 28 0
    San Diego 6 122 20.3 492 4.0 82.0 3 28 3
    New England 6 145 24.2 503 3.5 83.8 3 22 1
    Denver 6 151 25.2 542 3.6 90.3 0 25 3
    Seattle 6 142 23.7 553 3.9 92.2 4 29 2
    Pittsburgh 6 162 27.0 565 3.5 94.2 4 28 3
    Green Bay 6 155 25.8 578 3.7 96.3 5 30 1

    The Vikes are FIRST, this week's opponent is 6th.

    Scoring Defense

    Team G Pts/G TDs Run Rec PR KR Int Fum BPnt BFG PAT FG SFTY 2-PT
    Denver 6 7.3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0 0
    Chicago 6 9.8 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 8 0 0
    Baltimore 6 11.5 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 0 0
    New England 6 13.3 8 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 8 0 0
    San Diego 6 14.2 10 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 4 2 0
    Minnesota 6 15.8 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 13 0 0
    Jacksonville 6 16.8 12 4 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 6 0 0
    Atlanta 6 17.8 11 2 7 0 0 1 0 1 0 11 10 0 0
    New Orleans 6 18.3 14 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 4 0 0
    Carolina 7 18.3 13 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 0 1

    The Vikes are 6th, this week's opponent is 4th.

    Looks like a defensive slug-fest on Monday Night.

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    Re: #1 Rush Defense?

    WOW. I never thought I would see the day that we have a top defense and a great running game. Everyone on this planet know that those two combinations win superbowls
    ;D

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    Re: #1 Rush Defense?

    I work with 2 americans here in athens. both are pats fans..

    so it's been a lead up to the betting agreement (which will be set in writing friday)

    we've been argueing over the last few weeks about who's D is better.
    I think it's the first time (in the 5 years i know these guys) that they have said.. "Yeah your D is just !#@%$# awsome" one even benched his pats and picked up the Vikes DST!!

    i had to laugh..

    DiGiTaL

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    well it looks like another tight contest. where I maybe chowing down tums becuase of indegestion. But its a beautiful thing how the new staff,new personel area actually buying into the system and alot of work that we dont see, but it is paying off on the field that much is is easy to see KEEP IT UP DEFENSE.
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    My biggest concern in the next game is listening to Joey Sunshine and Cornholio.
    I will be watching it on the live stream so I can't listen to another commentating group on the Internet.
    I'll probably have to figure out a way to hook up my laptop and listen to the game on that computer.
    Will be a great game.
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