Vikings Can't Read Too Much into Shutting Fitzgerald Down & More NFC North News
A big part of the Vikings’ win was shutting down Larry Fitzgerald, according to the Pioneer Press’ Cody Steger.
Hopefully, the Vikings don’t hang their hat on that too much.
I don’t want to take away the achievement of the Vikings’ secondary because they did play well. However, this goes back to something I have spoken about many times: When you get pressure up front, your secondary is set up for success.
Let’s not forget how brutally bad the Arizona offensive line was. However, I’ve watched defenses fail to take advantage of bad O-lines before and the Vikings—while starting out slow defensively—abused the Cardinal front five.
They had poor Cardinals quarterback John Skelton frantic and running for his life all day long.
Larry Fitzgerald is on pace for one of his worst seasons ever as a pro—and it has nothing to do with him and everything to do with a putrid offense.
He’s had exactly one game over 100 yards, rarely sees the end zone and has no other weapons around him to pull coverage.
He’s still Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the league.
But this is why, when people talk about the players with the biggest impact or the MVPs in the NFL, receivers don’t get a lot of love. You can have a great receiver and if the quarterback, offensive line, running backs don’t do their jobs, they can be negated—if not easily, efficiently.
So good for the Vikings’ secondary, because Fitzgerald even with garbage around him, is a dangerous weapon.
Let’s not take it as more than it is, though: a nice effort against a terrible offense.
Dan Pompei of The Tribune says the Bears' offense needs to get going earlier in games.
ESPNChicago.com writer Jon Greenberg says tonight is a chance for the Bears to make a statement.
Anwar Richardson of Mlive.com says the Lions are primed and ready to ramp up the rivalry with the division rival Bears.
Mikel Leshoure will get some extra energy from a return to his home state, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Chris McCosky of The Detroit News says Chris Houston is focusing on the current season, not his potential free agency.
There are problems with the ground game for the Packers, according to the Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn.
Some more thoughts on the run game from ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde.
Tom Pelissero at ESPN 1500 say that despite some ups and downs, the Vikings are pleased with their 5-2 record.
Bleacher Report’s Tim Arcand puts together a trade deadline wish list for the Vikings.
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