Minnesota Vikings Execute the Perfect Game Plan vs. 49ers and NFC North Notes
I look forward to breaking this game down fully on my own, but Chip Scoggins does a good first early look at the Vikings' victory over the still very good San Francisco 49ers.
One thing Scoggins saw was a lot of high-percentage passes to both Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph, and he thinks that while Jerome Simpson's return will be a great thing for this offense, that doesn't mean they should abandon what has worked.
It isn't that the team shouldn't go deep—it isn't even that they were effective in the short game. To me, it was the game-planning that worked.
The short game won't always work (which the 49ers can attest to) just like going with long ball didn't for Detroit against the Niners in Week 2.
It was a well-planned, well-executed game. More than anything else, that's what the Vikings can take away from it.
Currently, I have actually picked the Vikings to beat the Lions, and while you can argue that's an overreaction to the win against San Fran, I'd counter by saying that the win tells you this Vikings team can play with anyone if they do what they need to.
The powers in the division are not without flaws, as we saw again this week with the Lions (special teams, lack of defensive pass rush) and the Bears (offensive disaster).
We'll see how the Packers fare against the Seahawks, but regardless, this is the sort of momentum-builder a team like the Vikings can build on.
And it all starts with the right game-planning for the right team with solid execution.
Let's see who else might be getting executed in the rest of the NFC North.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune says this win was more about the will to win than the skill to win.
Also in the Tribune, David Haugh says the Bears simply need a lot more from Jay Cutler.
Justin Rogers gives his grades for the win over at MLive.com, and for the most part they aren't pretty.
Bleacher Report Lions columnist Chris Madden gives you the five biggest reasons the Lions lost to the Titans.
Max Ginsberg at CheeseheadTV says the way to beat the Seahawks is easy—stop the run. Question is, can they?
Pete Dougherty talks about three keys to success against the tough Seattle Seahawks over at the Press-Gazette.
B/R Vikings columnist Arif Hasan gives you the biggest winners and losers from Sundays victory.
Chris Gates at the Daily Norseman shares your frustration with the refs handing out free timeouts to intimidating coaches on Sunday.
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