Wide Receiver Percy Harvin (12)
In an attempt to get their second win of the season, the Miami Dolphins will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to face the Vikings. Minnesota, a team coming off a 14-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints, is looking for some revenge in week two as they host the Miami Dolphins, who edged out the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.
Since the Vikings last played, many things have happened. For starters, Adrian Peterson stated that he would like to see 40-50 carries a game, which would shatter the NFL record for carries in a season. Secondly, Minnesota was named as a team that will make a strong push to acquire San Diego Chargers' wide receiver, Vincent Jackson.
One of these two things is very realistic, and I think you all know which one I'm talking about.
Although I would like to see Adrian get more carries, having 40 or so per game would cut down his career by years. He's a strong guy, but there's a good reason why nobody sees that many carries per game.
As for Vincent Jackson, the chances are steadily increasing for Minnesota to acquire the services of the former Pro-bowler. Jackson's suspension will be reduced to only four games if he's traded by September 22nd. Minnesota likely won't make a move if his suspension is kept at six games.
As for this Sunday, Minnesota will be celebrating their home-opener against Miami, a team that seemed to struggle against one of the worst teams in the league last week.
From what I've seen from the public, many believe that this game will be a fight-to-the- finish type of game. Others believe the Vikings will take out their frustrations on the Dolphins with a blowout victory.
would like to see Minnesota hang up 40+ points on Miami. I'm waiting for the week where the Vikings can show the rest of the league how serious we are. The fact that I've always disliked the Dolphins would make a big victory all the more sweet.
Two impact players on defense could make a return to Minnesota this week; Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook may look to make their debut for the Vikings tomorrow afternoon.
Both players weren't expected to be back until Week 3, but their rehabbing has obviously gone much better than expected.
DE- Jared Odrick, ankle, out
DE- Ikaika Alama-Francis, illness, questionable
LB- Channing Crowder, groin, out
QB- Brett Favre, ankle, probable
RB- Toby Gerhart, knee, probable
WR- Percy Harvin, hip, questionable
T- Bryant McKinnie, finger, probable
C- John Sullivan, calf, probable
DT- Jimmy Kennedy, knee, questionable
CB- Chris Cook, knee, questionable
CB- Cedric Griffin, knee, questionable
Miami will be missing a couple impact players on defense, but their offense will be fully healthy.
Minnesota will be expecting several returns this week, which includes their second-rounder in 2010, Toby Gerhart. It'll be exciting to see what Gerhart can do in his NFL debut.
Although both Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook are expected back, the Vikings could go ahead and sit both players in order to eliminate the risk of further damage to their ailing injuries.
The Vikings did surprisingly well against one of the better passing games in the league on opening night against Drew Brees and the Saints.
Miami is known for their running game, so Minnesota shouldn't have too much trouble being able to contain the Dolphins' average passing offense.
Keys to victory
1. Stick to your strengths
Miami cannot afford to abandon the running game even against one of the best run defenses in the league. They must continue to run as much as they normally do.
The Dolphins won't be switching up their whole playbook against the Vikings, so Minnesota should be prepared to face the wildcat formation.
Look for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to both see 15 or more carries this week.
2. Put seven in the box
Minnesota will look to run Adrian Peterson a lot early in the game against Miami. Brett Favre is still looking to get into rhythm, which will lead the Vikings to running early and often.
Miami has a solid run defense, but Peterson is able to beat anybody at any time. The Dolphins will undoubtedly be anticipating Adrian to get the quick carries.
3. Ignore the crowd
The Metrodome is easily one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, but Miami can't let that get inside their head or it'll be all over before it even begins.
Minnesota is a team that went 8-0 at home during the regular season, which should easily go to show how strong they are when being on their own turf.
1. Adrian all day long
Like I stated earlier, Minnesota will be running all game if they are able to. Adrian is clearly a man on a mission in 2010.
Although he won't get 40 carries, 25 or 30 attempts will be a reasonable number for one of the best running back's in the game today.
2. Don't let Henne win
I'll say it over and over again: Chad Henne is not a good quarterback. He may have had some decent games in the pass, but he won't be able to beat the better defenses in the league.
With that said, Minnesota can't think that Miami's passing offense will bow down to them. The Dolphins are fully aware of how thin the Vikings are in the secondary.
3. Percy is the key
When Percy struggles, Minnesota struggles. Despite the hip injury, the Vikings anticipate that Harvin will be able to play tomorrow.
With Sidney Rice being out, Harvin must step up and be the man that we all thought he would be when the Vikings took him in the first round during the 2009 draft.
QB Chad Henne- 16-30, 219 yards, TD
RB Ricky Williams- 14 rushes, 51 yards
RB Ronnie Brown- 17 rushes, 30 yards, 3 catches, 27 yards, TD
QB Brett Favre- 18-28, 204 yards, 2 TDs
RB Adrian Peterson- 26 rushes, 143 yards, TD
WR Percy Harvin- 5 catches, 77 yards, TD
Enjoy the game this Sunday at 1:00 ET on CBS!
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