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singersp
09-03-2007, 08:49 AM
Falcons worthy of attention (http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_6788972)

Vick missing, but Vikings still wary

BY DON SEEHOLZER
Pioneer Press
Article Launched: 09/03/2007 12:01:00 AM CDT


Star quarterback Michael Vick has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges.....

Marrdro
09-03-2007, 09:10 AM
That spread offense they are running can/could provide us with a problem.
Smacks a bit of what NE did to us last year.


Sure hope we can get some pressure from not only our DE but our DT's as well.
If we can't collapse the pocket Harrington will pick us apart with that spread.
::)

carta4eva
09-03-2007, 09:15 AM
"Marrdro" wrote:


That spread offense they are running can/could provide us with a problem.
Smacks a bit of what NE did to us last year.


Sure hope we can get some pressure from not only our DE but our DT's as well.
If we can't collapse the pocket Harrington will pick us apart with that spread.

::)


I'd be more worried about the spread too, but c'mon it's Joey fricken Harrington... aw man I bet D-sharp and company are licking their chops for the ducks they will be able to go after all game long

PurpleTide
09-03-2007, 09:48 AM
They will spread us out, and try Dunn up the middle, they also have a couple big backs to try against us. They cannot win rushing the ball and our new pass rush will get it's first challenge. We cannot afford Harrington time in the pocket. I think Ray is gonna flush Harrington out and into the arms of Udeze, ending his sack drought, and is going to get 1 himself. Robison, and the rest of our rotation will keep rushers fresh. In all I say 4-6 sacks, and a couple-3 turn-overs, would be a great way to get that Viking Buzz started. Skol~ Baby!

singersp
09-03-2007, 09:57 AM
"PurpleTide" wrote:



They will spread us out, and try Dunn up the middle, they also have a couple big backs to try against us. They cannot win rushing the ball and our new pass rush will get it's first challenge. We cannot afford Harrington time in the pocket. I think Ray is gonna flush Harrington out and into the arms of Udeze, ending his sack drought, and is going to get 1 himself. Robison, and the rest of our rotation will keep rushers fresh. In all I say 4-6 sacks, and a couple-3 turn-overs, would be a great way to get that Viking Buzz started. Skol~ Baby!



They will spread us out & throw quick short dumps over the line & be successful with it with fewer rushes than passes to keep us honest. Just watch.
;)

PurpleTide
09-03-2007, 10:05 AM
Isn't it funny how teams will mirror what your trying to do on offense. I say let Harrington try and use the short game, we'll still force a turnover.

singersp
09-03-2007, 10:21 AM
"PurpleTide" wrote:



Isn't it funny how teams will mirror what your trying to do on offense. I say let Harrington try and use the short game, we'll still force a turnover.


It's not funny. That's were the majority of the success comes from that teams have against us.

PurpleTide
09-03-2007, 10:25 AM
That and making below average QB's look like Joe Montana, in previous years.

digital420
09-03-2007, 10:38 AM
"PurpleTide" wrote:



They will spread us out, and try Dunn up the middle, they also have a couple big backs to try against us. They cannot win rushing the ball and our new pass rush will get it's first challenge. We cannot afford Harrington time in the pocket. I think Ray is gonna flush Harrington out and into the arms of Udeze, ending his sack drought, and is going to get 1 himself. Robison, and the rest of our rotation will keep rushers fresh. In all I say 4-6 sacks, and a couple-3 turn-overs, would be a great way to get that Viking Buzz started. Skol~ Baby!


as i have the vikes D on my FF team..
I can only WISH for your prediction.. and maybe a score or 2


DiGiTaL

Purple Floyd
09-03-2007, 11:15 AM
This is the kind of game we have historically lost. On paper we should win, they are coming off a controversial offseason and they have a journeyman QB who has floundered in the past. We NEED to win this game and can in no way take them lightly or they will take us to the cleaners.

They will come out very emotional and we need to match that intensity and shut them down with our defense. Then we need to get to the 20 on offense and figure out how to put it in the endzone for 6.

PurpleTide
09-03-2007, 11:31 AM
We must win all our home games, and it starts with Atlanta. They will be fired up and without Vick may play very hard. We have to withstand the first couple volley's they make and then stuff them out with our defense and ball control offense.

jargomcfargo
09-03-2007, 11:46 AM
"UffDaVikes" wrote:


This is the kind of game we have historically lost. On paper we should win, they are coming off a controversial offseason and they have a journeyman QB who has floundered in the past. We NEED to win this game and can in no way take them lightly or they will take us to the cleaners.

They will come out very emotional and we need to match that intensity and shut them down with our defense. Then we need to get to the 20 on offense and figure out how to put it in the endzone for 6.


Exactly the way I see it too.Good teams don't lose the games they are supposed to win.

We need to get on top early and not allow them any reason to gain confidence.

They are a pretty good team with a lot of weapons and a good defense.And Joey Harrington is no worse than Rex Grossman.

So I don't take this game lightly. If we get behind early, it could be a long day.

singersp
09-04-2007, 08:59 PM
NFL Picks: Atlanta Falcons Without Vick In Sunday's Game Against Vikings (http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?storyid=22151&ret=news.aspx&cat=Sports)

Atlanta, GA 9/4/2007 9:39 PM GMT
transworldnews.com


The NFL season opens this Sunday to its annual fanfare. However, for the Atlanta Falcons, they are without their franchise player and starting quarterback Michael Vick, who was convicted of federal dogfighting charges in August....

carta4eva
09-04-2007, 09:08 PM
"PurpleTide" wrote:



We must win all our home games, and it starts with Atlanta. They will be fired up and without Vick may play very hard. We have to withstand the first couple volley's they make and then stuff them out with our defense and ball control offense.


Hey Ben Leber said thats what the defense #1 goal is this year, to win all our home games; if he said it, it must be true! ;D

cogitans
09-05-2007, 03:45 AM
Wade says he's a go for Vikings opener (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/1401962.html)

The Vikings receiver said his sprained ankle has healed enough for him to play against Atlanta.

By Kevin Seifert and Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune

cogitans
09-05-2007, 03:47 AM
Always there (http://www.twincities.com/ci_6802573?source=rss&nclick_check=1)

BY SEAN JENSEN
Pioneer Press

For as long as he can remember, Marcus McCauley's father has been a fixture on the sidelines and in the stands.

singersp
09-05-2007, 05:56 AM
"cogitans" wrote:


Always there (http://www.twincities.com/ci_6802573?source=rss&nclick_check=1)

BY SEAN JENSEN
Pioneer Press

For as long as he can remember, Marcus McCauley's father has been a fixture on the sidelines and in the stands.


Good story Cogs, but this deserves it's own thread rather than being in the Vikings-Falcons pre-game thread.

cogitans
09-05-2007, 06:09 AM
"singersp" wrote:


"cogitans" wrote:


Always there (http://www.twincities.com/ci_6802573?source=rss&nclick_check=1)

BY SEAN JENSEN
Pioneer Press

For as long as he can remember, Marcus McCauley's father has been a fixture on the sidelines and in the stands.


Good story Cogs, but this deserves it's own thread rather than being in the Vikings-Falcons pre-game thread.


I think you might be correct. I guess I were a little too fast there with loading the articles into this thread

cogitans
09-06-2007, 05:37 AM
Vikings expect some 'curves' (http://www.twincities.com/ci_6813042?source=rss)

New Falcons coach runs wide-open attack

BY BRIAN MURPHY
Pioneer Press

singersp
09-06-2007, 06:32 AM
Sid Hartman: Vikings' Stewart: Falcons a concern (http://www.startribune.com/507/story/1404484.html)

By Sid Hartman, Star Tribune

Last update: September 05, 2007 – 9:30 PM

Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart spent the past four years on the Atlanta Falcons staff.....

singersp
09-06-2007, 06:56 AM
Injury report (http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=934)

September 5th, 2007 – 3:49 PM
by Judd Zulgad
startribune.com

The first injury report of the week has been issued and you’ll notice it’s different. The biggest thing is that the chances of a playing participating in Sunday’s game won’t be listed until Friday. Here is what we received today:....

singersp
09-06-2007, 06:59 AM
Peterson-Taylor combo (http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=935)

September 5th, 2007 – 8:32 PM
by Judd Zulgad
startribune.com


Sunday’s game against Atlanta will present the first real opportunity to see how the Vikings plan to use the running back combination of Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson...

singersp
09-06-2007, 07:17 AM
FOOTBALL FANS: LEAVE EARLY FOR GAMES (http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_6812395)

Pioneer Press

Article Last Updated: 09/06/2007 12:21:11 AM CDT


If you're going to the Gophers or Vikings football games at the Metrodome this weekend, traffic will probably be worse than usual.....

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site569/2007/0905/20070905_063949_070906VikeTrafficeDetourMap.gif

singersp
09-06-2007, 08:36 AM
Vikings Expect Plenty of Blitzes (http://bears.scout.com/a.z?s=25&p=2&c=676440)

By Scout.com
scout.com

Posted Sep 6, 2007

singersp
09-07-2007, 06:04 AM
QB play will determine winner of Vikings-Falcons matchup (http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/articles/2007/09/vikings-quarterback-determineswinner070907.html)

By Eric Krupka on September 7, 2007 12:44 AM
realfootball365.com


It's certainly true that when Minnesota Vikings fans looked at the schedule back in April, their team's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons looked a lot tougher.....

singersp
09-07-2007, 06:33 AM
Falcons at Vikings: Will Michael Vick Drama Overshadow the Game? (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/09/06/falcons-at-vikings-will-michael-vick-drama-overshadow-the-game/)

Posted Sep 6th 2007 5:56PM
by Dan Benton
sports.aol.com


To get you ready for week 1, FanHouse is previewing all 16 NFL games. Here is the Atlanta Falcons/Minnesota Vikings preview.....

singersp
09-07-2007, 06:35 AM
NFL Preview - Atlanta (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0) (http://www.kansascity.com/491/story/263312.html)

Posted on Thu, Sep. 06, 2007 02:43 PM

By Lyle Fitzsimmons, Sports Network
The Sports Network
kansascity.com


OK...first let's dispense with the silliness.

All the references to this week's season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings that in any way mention exiled quarterback Michael Vick in connection with phrases like "Dog Bowl," "bark is worse than his bite" or "eluding a growling defense" end here.

singersp
09-07-2007, 06:47 AM
GAME TO RUN (http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_6822488)

With first-round draft pick Adrian Peterson and an offensive line more comfortable together, the Vikings are eager to test the Falcons' run defense.

BY DON SEEHOLZER
Pioneer Press
Article Last Updated: 09/07/2007 12:09:32 AM CDT


NFL teams go to great lengths not to show too much during the exhibition season, but there's no hiding the obvious......

singersp
09-07-2007, 07:06 AM
Atlanta Falcons without third QB and star TE Alge Crumpler is ailing (http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5gl4CZD2QsRHJnqxjfqFfELj5sWxA)

8 hours ago
canadianpress.google.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Rod Coleman and Chris Crocker are unlikely to play in the season opener this weekend at Minnesota.

Four-time Pro Bowl tight end Alge Crumpler might miss his first game since December 2004....

singersp
09-07-2007, 07:09 AM
Falcons Will Go With Dunn As Starting Running Back Instead of Norwood (http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7008435253)


September 6, 2007 7:38 p.m. EST
Todd Sikorski - AHN Reporter
allheadlinenews.com


Atlanta, GA (AHN) - With the Michael Vick saga simmering down, the Atlanta Falcons are starting to get back to the business of playing football.....

PurpleTide
09-07-2007, 07:23 AM
Good reading Singer, it gets ya pumped for the game. Many topics... lets see, I think we are gonna see some interesting packages with CT, and AD on the field at the same time, using motion, probably to get AD in single coverage. I think putting both these guys on the field at the same time is still a work in progress and we may not see that much of it on 1st and 2nd downs, as we'll have Tony Richardson in to lead block.

That Dan Benton is a bone head, he said "Atlanta has the league's stingiest run defense", I know we'll still be successfull rushing the ball. While we are predominantly gonna rush to the left, look for us to run right at rookie Jamaal Anderson, to lesson his pursuit skills. I definantly expect 150 yrds rushing.

Atlanta will blitz Tarvaris until we burn them a couple times, and I know we've been preparing for it. T-Jack will get the ball out quickly and accuratly, while Harrington must be harried by our defense. If we get pressure on him we all know it's turn-over time. I believe we will get 2-3 TO's and maybe a defensive score, cause the Falcons can't rush against us and will be forced to pass.
I'm going out on a limb and saying Udeze ends his sackless drought Sunday and will give Joey a nice little massage on the way to a turf salad.

digital420
09-07-2007, 08:43 AM
http://boards.atlantafalcons.com/index.php?s=386eb40264c237f3144c41b23e806f69&showtopic=267348&pid=4375685&st=0&#entry4375685


here's a little perspective from the dirtybirds site..


Atlanta's O-Line vs. Minnesota's D-Line - Overall Winner: Atlanta ???????????????
Jerious Norwood and Warrick Dunn vs. Minnesota's D-Line - Overall Winner: Push????????
Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson vs. Atlanta's D-Line
- Overall Winner: Push????????????
Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson vs. Atlanta's Linebacking Corps
-
Overall Winner: Atlanta??????????

i need me some of what their smokin..

DiGiTaL

Prophet
09-07-2007, 10:41 AM
Falcons Behind Minnesota Lines: Five Questions With an Enemy Blogger (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/09/07/falcons-behind-minnesota-lines-five-questions-with-an-enemy-bl/)
Posted Sep 7th 2007 10:21AM
by Dan Benton

Marrdro
09-07-2007, 11:03 AM
Very nice read Proph.

Glad he got ahold of an intellegent blogger.


Hats off to our fellow Vikes fan.
Well done with your responses.
;D

Iron Lungs
09-07-2007, 11:08 AM
"Prophet" wrote:


Falcons Behind Minnesota Lines: Five Questions With an Enemy Blogger (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/09/07/falcons-behind-minnesota-lines-five-questions-with-an-enemy-bl/)
Posted Sep 7th 2007 10:21AM
by Dan Benton


good read. would have liked to read the ATL bloggers reply to some answers.

singersp
09-08-2007, 06:38 AM
Game Scout: Vikings vs. Falcons (http://packers.scout.com/a.z?s=61&p=2&c=677119)

By Scout.com
scout.com

Posted Sep 8, 2007

singersp
09-08-2007, 07:02 AM
Friday Insider (http://www.vikings.com/NewsArticle_revfridayinsider9707.aspx)


9/7/2007
By Mike Wobschall and J. Michael Moore
vikings.com

Welcome to the first edition of Friday Insider, a weekly feature that brings together Mike Wobschall of vikings.com and a writer from the Vikings next opponent. They will provide an inside look at the coming matchup that will give you an idea of what to watch for on Sunday. This week the Vikings host Atlanta, which means J. Michael Moore of Atlantafalcons.com will join vikings.com to provide a preview of Sunday’s game........

singersp
09-08-2007, 07:12 AM
Doss, Tank rest (http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=942)

September 7th, 2007 – 12:14 PM
by Judd Zulgad
startribune.com


Safeties Mike Doss (calf) and Tank Williams (calf) both appeared as if they would sit out today’s light workout. Doss almost certainly will not play Sunday against Atlanta after sitting out all week. Williams took part in at least a portion of this week’s two practices before Friday so he might be able to play.

singersp
09-08-2007, 07:16 AM
Today’s injury report (http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=939)

September 6th, 2007 – 4:30 PM by Judd Zulgad
startribune.com

PurpleTide
09-08-2007, 07:43 AM
Good article's, looks like we are running thin at the safety position. Hopefully Tank will be able to go, and stay on the field.

singersp
09-08-2007, 07:52 AM
Q & A / VIKINGS SAFETY DARREN SHARPER

NFL Insider: Sharper respects Falcons' receivers (http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/falcons/stories/2007/09/07/nflinsider_0909.html)

ajc.com

Published on: 09/09/07

Outside of the old Black and Blue Central Division (now known as the NFC North), Minnesota safety Darren Sharper's star doesn't shine as brightly....

PurpleTide
09-08-2007, 08:22 AM
Sharper's gonna get one Sunday, and I hope he takes it in for a score.

Mr. Purple
09-08-2007, 08:59 AM
We gotta be honest with ourselfs at this point.ATL is having
A LOT of players dropping like flies.While I never wish this upon any team, or any player. I do believe we have a GREAT, not good, but GREAT chance of beating them.We need to run, run, and run some more.Right down they're throats. We have owned Harrington since he came into this league.I don't see this game going any differnt.


LETS GET READY BOYS!

COJOMAY
09-08-2007, 05:34 PM
Hicks Named Starter
http://vikings.scout.com/2/677221.html
One of the position battles that played out during training camp was at right guard, where Artis Hicks was demoted midway through the preseason. But, as the regular season is set to begin Sunday, Hicks is back in his starting spot...