|12-30-2007, 11:36 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Broncos vs Vikings Matchup
Vikings Keys For Success
1. Get the ball to Chester Taylor. Taylor has taken a back seat to Adrian Peterson as the Vikings' feature back, but the veteran still is a threat both as a runner and as a receiver. The Vikings need to line up Peterson and Taylor in the same backfield. With the threat of either back getting the handoff, the Broncos' linebackers will need to play the run first. When the linebackers crowd the line of scrimmage, a play-action fake to Peterson will freeze them and Taylor can then swing out to the flat for a quick gain. Taylor, although not as explosive as Peterson, has the quickness and speed to elude defenders in the open field so quick-hitting plays can turn into big gains.
2. Establish Peterson. Peterson the rare rookie Pro Bowl back. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell needs to get Peterson going early to keep the Broncos' defense on its heels. Guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera are road graders who can easily move defensive tackles Marcus Thomas and Alvin McKinley out of the way. Then, with center Matt Birk, chipping downfield to block undersized middle linebacker D.J. Williams, the Vikings can at least keep the Broncos from playing a designated pass defense on every down.
3. Make Jay Cutler beat them. The Vikings are a basic cover-2 team coached by former NFL safety Leslie Frazier. This week against the Broncos, however, they need to bring safety Darren Sharper closer to the line for run support against Travis Henry and Selvin Young. This will leave the Vikings' cornerbacks alone outside, but Frazier must bet that his corners can hold their own against the Broncos' healthiest receivers, Brandon Marshall and Glenn Martinez. The Vikes catch a break with Javon Walker not quite at full health and Brandon Stokely likely on the shelf. Frazier has a fast group of linebackers in Ben Leber, E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway, and they must make Cutler play error-free against the zone to get a home win.
Broncos Keys For Success
1. Protect Cutler. Cutler has the talent to lead his team to big things when he has enough pass protection. When he doesn't get good blocking, the young signal-caller will force mistakes. The Broncos' offensive line will need to have a great game against the Vikings' very active front four. Lead by defensive tackle Kevin Williams, the Vikings have power inside and speed rushers off the edge. Offensive tackles Matt Lepsis and Erik Pears must do a superb job of handling Kenechi Udeze and Brian Robison and guard Michael Myers must be stout against powerful defensive tackle Pat Williams to give Cutler a pocket to slide up into and find his open receivers.
2. Keep throwing to Marshall. In the wake of Walker's injury-riddled season and considering the second-year receiver's chemistry with Cutler, Marshall, with his fine combination of size, speed and hands, has become the Broncos' new go-to receiver. One big catch can swing the momentum in what should be a tough game, and Marshall's ability to run long after the catch gives Denver a chance to score anytime he touches the ball. Coach Mike Shanahan needs to implement a quick-hitting package to get the ball into Marshall's hands on screens, reverses and pick routes.
3. Man up Champ Bailey on Robert Ferguson. The Vikings do not have a legitimate go-to receiver. Because of injuries and inconsistency, Bobby Wade, Sidney Rice and Troy Williamson haven't been able to fill the role. But former Packer Robert Ferguson has emerged as a big playmaker of late, so the Vikings need to get him more involved in the offense. He has great camaraderie with young Tarvaris Jackson and has the speed to stretch the Broncos' defense vertically. The Broncos must counter by putting their ace cornerback on Ferguson all over the field. If Bailey can take Ferguson out of the game early, Denver will be able to get more creative with blitzes and run support
|12-30-2007, 12:25 PM||#3|
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Elway was just an arm =MacGruder
sending the lambs into the den for slaughter .... errr .go Broncos we can beat the vikes ....next year