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HEY
09-26-2011, 04:29 PM
... The Vikings have arguably the best performing defensive end duo right now, three weeks into the 2011 season.

Jared Allen is well-known around the league as one of the best defensive ends in the league, but I don't think he has ever started off a season as good as this one. Not only sack-wise, but also making some impressive plays like e.g. when he covered a halfback in San Diego and came away with a interception. The play showed that he still has some very nice pass-catching hands.

After only three weeks of football, Allen is leading the NFL with 4,5 sacks, 3 pass deflected, one interception, and one forced fumble.

I predicted that Jared Allen would hit 20 sacks this season and now I believe it more than ever. At this pace, Allen will have 24 sacks. That's even 1,5 sacks MORE than the single season sack record.

... But let's not talk all about Jared Allen here! The far less famous man on the other end of the line definitely deserve his share of credit. I'm talking about the first-year starter at left end, Brian Robison.

After week 3, Robison is 15th in the NFL with 2,5 sacks (on pace to 13,5 sacks).

However, the numbers don't the tell the whole truth as his actual on-field performance is even more impressive. Take the interception against San Diego for example, that would never have occurred if Robison hadn't hit Philip Rivers' hand which caused the ball to come out in a different way than intended.

Our defensive ends are flat-out ballin' this year! Putting fear into every quarterback around the league. Going into week 3, the Lions were the only team not to give up a sack. After playing the Vikings' "Dynamic D-end Duo", Matthew Stafford had been sacked 5 times and hit 7 times.

I don't think I've said it before, but Brian Robison reminds me in parts of a younger version of Jared Allen. Robison has incredible lower-body speed and strength, he plays with a high motor, and has a great instinct for the ball.

Maybe it's time we find a nickname for this duo...

MulletMullitia
09-26-2011, 04:33 PM
Brian Robison: 2.5 sacks
Ray Edwards: 0 sacks

Suck it Ray! Good luck leading the league in sacks opposite a washed up John Abraham. Maybe you should keep boxing instead.

Purple Floyd
09-26-2011, 09:50 PM
... The Vikings have arguably the best performing defensive end duo right now, three weeks into the 2011 season.

Jared Allen is well-known around the league as one of the best defensive ends in the league, but I don't think he has ever started off a season as good as this one. Not only sack-wise, but also making some impressive plays like e.g. when he covered a halfback in San Diego and came away with a interception. The play showed that he still has some very nice pass-catching hands.

After only three weeks of football, Allen is leading the NFL with 4,5 sacks, 3 pass deflected, one interception, and one forced fumble.

I predicted that Jared Allen would hit 20 sacks this season and now I believe it more than ever. At this pace, Allen will have 24 sacks. That's even 1,5 sacks MORE than the single season sack record.

... But let's not talk all about Jared Allen here! The far less famous man on the other end of the line definitely deserve his share of credit. I'm talking about the first-year starter at left end, Brian Robison.

After week 3, Robison is 15th in the NFL with 2,5 sacks (on pace to 13,5 sacks).

However, the numbers don't the tell the whole truth as his actual on-field performance is even more impressive. Take the interception against San Diego for example, that would never have occurred if Robison hadn't hit Philip Rivers' hand which caused the ball to come out in a different way than intended.

Our defensive ends are flat-out ballin' this year! Putting fear into every quarterback around the league. Going into week 3, the Lions were the only team not to give up a sack. After playing the Vikings' "Dynamic D-end Duo", Matthew Stafford had been sacked 5 times and hit 7 times.

I don't think I've said it before, but Brian Robison reminds me in parts of a younger version of Jared Allen. Robison has incredible lower-body speed and strength, he plays with a high motor, and has a great instinct for the ball.

Maybe it's time we find a nickname for this duo...

They are working great together and have helped us stay in ballgames. The return of Kevin Williams was also a great help as he commanded attention in the middle and took some of the blocking pressure off of the DE's.

Our DL is looking pretty darn solid right now and for sure the strongest group on the team from top to bottom.

Purple Floyd
09-26-2011, 10:00 PM
I think another bright spot IMHO is the special teams. Sherels, Booker and Harvin look like the best group we have had in as long as I remember.

We also have seemed to clamp down on our kick and punt coverage and have been limiting the yards we are giving up which really helps the field position.

MulletMullitia
09-26-2011, 10:13 PM
I think another bright spot IMHO is the special teams. Sherels, Booker and Harvin look like the best group we have had in as long as I remember.

We also have seemed to clamp down on our kick and punt coverage and have been limiting the yards we are giving up which really helps the field position.

The reason that Harvin was out in the 2nd half was because of a hit he took on a kick return. I love his explosiveness on returns, but we can't afford to put him back there anymore. Not to mention that Booker is an above average returner himself. He is our only playmaker at the receiver position, and we can't afford to get him hurt on special teams.

Purple Floyd
09-26-2011, 10:25 PM
The reason that Harvin was out in the 2nd half was because of a hit he took on a kick return. I love his explosiveness on returns, but we can't afford to put him back there anymore. Not to mention that Booker is an above average returner himself. He is our only playmaker at the receiver position, and we can't afford to get him hurt on special teams.

Won't argue that one. Booker has been showing some shiftyness which I really like to see and they are hitting the holes hard.

At any rate it feels good to be able to say that a unit is performing better than anticipated at this point in the season so I will take it.

Purple Floyd
09-26-2011, 10:26 PM
The reason that Harvin was out in the 2nd half was because of a hit he took on a kick return. I love his explosiveness on returns, but we can't afford to put him back there anymore. Not to mention that Booker is an above average returner himself. He is our only playmaker at the receiver position, and we can't afford to get him hurt on special teams.

Not to mention Webby just mad me whole again by reuniting by old UffDaVikes account with my current Purple Floyd account. Feels good to be all back together again.Thanks Webby!

Formo
09-26-2011, 10:32 PM
Not to mention Webby just mad me whole again by reuniting by old UffDaVikes account with my current Purple Floyd account. Feels good to be all back together again.Thanks Webby!

He did the same for me. It's pretty damn sweet, eh?

HEY
09-26-2011, 10:32 PM
hmmmm... I guess there's not much positivity going around here at the moment. Not that it should come as a surprise. The the biggest reason I made this thread was to get some positivity rolling on PurplePride.org.

... Because quite frankly: WE NEED IT! Too much negativity is not good for anyone!

Besides from our defensive ends wrecking havoc, this is also what I'm satisfied with thus far:

Safety Husain Abdullah - Nice to see him continue his solid play from last year. He even has an interception in week 2 which is not so common for our safeties. Best safety on the roster in my opinion.

Receiver Michael Jenkins - He has exceeded my expectations. Best wide receiver on the roster after Harvin. Not that it count for much, but he's leading the team in receptions and receiving yards.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield - One of my favorite players. He's the best slot corner in the league if you ask me. He has really put on some nice numbers this season and I'm so happy I decided to start him in my fantasy league. He even got a interception in week 1.

Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin - They are of course already very established players in the league, but they definitely hasn't regressed. I love watching these guys play and I wish they could get the ball on every play. (AD is averaging over 5 yards per carry so why don't we use him more? And Percy is averaging almost 10 yards on 8 carries and already has a return TD, but is not even leading the team in receptions.)

All our starting cornerbacks are healthy. Now that is certainly a rarity! Too many people complain on the corners, whether it be Cedric Griffin or Chris Cook, but I think those people has to remember that it's easy to blame corners. Personally, I'm overall satisfied with the performance of both Griffin and Cook. I'm so happy to get Griffin back and Cook has really shined at time in press-coverage. Now, of course they make mistakes, but a corner's mistake can be very revealing and the difference between a TD catch and a interception is marginal. Cook and Griffin on the outside with Winfield in the slot is a very nice lineup.

singersp
09-26-2011, 10:45 PM
At least we didn't blow a 21 point lead like the Patriots did.

Formo
09-26-2011, 10:47 PM
At least we didn't blow a 21 point lead like the Patriots did.

Those bastards always have to one-up us.

BrisbaneTerrier
09-26-2011, 10:57 PM
We aren't that bad.

To have three HT double-figure leads is anything but chance. We have a decent roster but what we don't have can't be bought. Confidence.

Now the rot has set in, it's going to be difficult to pick up a win without changing something. If we get to halftime trailing, then the team will be thinking "This ones over, we get worse second half". If we go the the half leading but then concede straight away: "Not again". Its a vicious circle thats hard to break. This can be applied to the staff playing and the coaching staff.

I honestly think its leadership that gets you out of this situation. Doubting your own ability lets in the demons and results in mistakes, ill discipline and penalties.

McNabb just isn't a charismatic leader and the players don't seem to look up to him. The body language on the pitch says it all. We crumble second half, and all you have to do is to look at DNabb and it tells you the story.

I honestly believe changing the QB could be the one thing to turn the Ls into Ws. Ponder may not be ready. Webb may not be the answer. But if one can lead a team and help boost the confidence, then that could be enough. AP will keep us in every game regardless of who is playing QB. By many accounts, the squad took a liking to Ponder preseason. I think he could be the man to get us believing in ourselves again. He's smart and always has something to say that isn't the standard player/paper interview. I'd love to see him come in, constantly talk to the players and get the offence going. Offensively, we look like a line-up of individuals rather than a team.

Positive: We have a team that CAN win and be competitive in the NFL, they just don't know how to.

I believe. Now, the offence just has to start believing.

singersp
09-26-2011, 11:00 PM
Look at the positive...

Ref's gave us a couple.

The McNabb run early for a first down at mid-field. The refs gave it to us even though he wasn't close.

The non-facemask call on Sherels. Sherels grabbed Donahue's facemask & pulled his head down before Donahue grabbed Sherels in return.

They got flagged, we didn't & the extra 15 yards put the ball at Detroit's 26, which helped get us a TD

HEY
09-26-2011, 11:06 PM
At least we didn't blow a 21 point lead like the Patriots did.
There's always next week... JUST KIDDING! ;)

battleaxe4cheese
09-27-2011, 01:01 PM
At least Chilli isn't here anymore. I for one count that as a huge positive.

I also like how we are playing in the first half of games coupled with exceptional coaching game plans going into the games. Our strategy is genius in the first half. Let's not talk about the second halves of games. Positive only.

jmcdon00
09-27-2011, 02:06 PM
We have outscored apponents 54-7 in the first half!!!

Kansas City up next.(0-3, outscored 27-109 so far).

New salary cap rules mean we don't have to overpay our top 5 pick.

It can't get much worse.

Favre watch is over(hopefully).

The new roof looks nice.

Tickets are more affordable than ever.

Only 1 game behind the bears.

Still mostly healthy.

HEY
09-27-2011, 02:06 PM
No one can argue that we have one of the best first half teams in the league. ;)

C Mac D
09-27-2011, 02:09 PM
Still crazy that Peterson only got 5 carries in the second half.

I like HEY's point, we have a great first half team. If we could put it all together, we'd be putting up 40 a game.

C Mac D
09-27-2011, 02:13 PM
At least Chilli isn't here anymore. I for one count that as a huge positive.

Completely agree! I can't tell you how nice it is to not see his big, dumb mug during games anymore. Also, how many times did Childress go into halftime with a double digit lead?

marshallvike
09-27-2011, 02:19 PM
At least we didn't blow a 21 point lead like the Patriots did.

Yeah....those guys are losers

C Mac D
09-27-2011, 03:03 PM
If we end up with a horrible record and a top 10 pick, we can get Justin Blackmon. Great player. Great guy. Would love to have him on our team.

Touching article: OSU WR Justin Blackmon has a Very Special Fan - BeyondU Sports (http://www.beyondusports.com/osu-wr-justin-blackmon-special-fan/)

Johnson14
09-27-2011, 03:17 PM
If we end up with a horrible record and a top 10 pick, we can get Justin Blackmon. Great player. Great guy. Would love to have him on our team.

Touching article: OSU WR Justin Blackmon has a Very Special Fan - BeyondU Sports (http://www.beyondusports.com/osu-wr-justin-blackmon-special-fan/)

Blackmon is a beast.. would love to have him in purple n gold!

Freakout
09-27-2011, 03:24 PM
I still would rather have Kalil or Martin to fix our LT position. Blackmon is definitely nice but if it was me and both of those tackles are off the board I would go with Vontaze Burfict. Having a player in the middle like Vontaze, with Singletary coaching him up, the thought brings a tear to my eye.

jmcdon00
09-27-2011, 04:20 PM
Still crazy that Peterson only got 5 carries in the second half.

I like HEY's point, we have a great first half team. If we could put it all together, we'd be putting up 40 a game.
They did throw to him 4 times. So 9 out of 25 second half plays went his way. Not enough but not as bad as it may seem.
If they convert on a couple of those 3rd downs Peterson gets more touches.

MulletMullitia
09-27-2011, 04:38 PM
I still would rather have Kalil or Martin to fix our LT position. Blackmon is definitely nice but if it was me and both of those tackles are off the board I would go with Vontaze Burfict. Having a player in the middle like Vontaze, with Singletary coaching him up, the thought brings a tear to my eye.

Holy shit you read my mind exactly. Perfect post.

missvikes
09-27-2011, 05:18 PM
Why don't we put Camarillo in on Special Teams returning & pull Harvin out of there to ensure his health as a WR. Camarillo is quick & can hold onto the ball & take hits

i_bleed_purple
09-27-2011, 05:24 PM
Which Vikings are you watching where Camarillo is quick?

To be honest, I actually forgot Camarillo was on the team. In fact, the coaches seem to have as well, considering he's been inactive for two games out of three.

If we're not putting in Harvin on kickoffs, then it needs to be Booker. Sherels is doing a great job at punts, both of them are actually guys who can be considered a threat. Camarillo, not so much.

battleaxe4cheese
09-27-2011, 05:34 PM
Which Vikings are you watching where Camarillo is quick?

To be honest, I actually forgot Camarillo was on the team. In fact, the coaches seem to have as well, considering he's been inactive for two games out of three.

If we're not putting in Harvin on kickoffs, then it needs to be Booker. Sherels is doing a great job at punts, both of them are actually guys who can be considered a threat. Camarillo, not so much.


+1

NDVikingFan66
09-27-2011, 05:39 PM
They did throw to him 4 times. So 9 out of 25 second half plays went his way. Not enough but not as bad as it may seem.
If they convert on a couple of those 3rd downs Peterson gets more touches.

Also, if I remember correctly he had 2 big runs that were called back. Those do not show up as touches, and we were forced into passing mode after both those penalties.