Vikings will be down four defensive starters Thursday night
Posted by Josh Alper on December 9, 2015, 2:27 PM EST
The Vikings defense had no success stopping the Seahawks offense last Sunday as their effort to stand strong without four of their starters fell flat.
They’ll need to do a better job against the Cardinals on Thursday to get a better result, but they’ll have to do it without those four starters. The Vikings announced Wednesday that defensive tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Anthony Barr and starting safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo will all miss the game.
Joseph, who has a foot injury, and Sendejo, who has a knee injury, were both ruled out before last Sunday’s game. Barr, who is battling a groin issue, and Smith, who hurt his knee, were both listed as questionable with those injuries before departing the game for good in the first half.
Linebacker Brandon Watts has also been ruled out due to a rib injury and safety Robert Blanton is questionable after returning to practice Wednesday. If Blanton’s knee isn’t well enough for him to play, the team may have to lean heavily on Shaun Prater and Anthony Harris in the secondary because Antone Exum was placed on injured reserve this week.
- Edmond Robinson in their 4-3 base defense (2015 seventh-round pick out of Newberry College)
- Anthony Harris at safety (2015 undrafted out of Virginia)
- 37-year-old Terence Newman out of position, he'll move from CB and start at safety
- Trae Waynes at CB, who has played 13.4% of Minnesota's defensive snaps this season
Ill never understand running a play w only 13 secs left & no timeouts left. Outcoached yet again
I wont say outcoached, but Matt Kalil has to do his job blocking. With 13 seconds left, you got time for another play. catch and get out of bounds or just throw it out of bounds. Dwight Freeney just made a great play also
Surprised Pernell McPhee is playing through his nagging knee injury ... that's how **** gets bad, through compensating/overworking other muscles and tendons. Barr and Harrison Smith sat out practice today for Minnesota. Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen were limited.
1) MIN win + TB loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + ATL loss or tie
2) MIN win + TB loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + SEA loss or tie
3) MIN win + TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie + ATL loss or tie
4) MIN win + TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie + SEA loss or tie
Vikings are a virtual lock. I'm curious how week 17 vs. GB plays out. If it's for the division then a home game is on the line, but it's the same damn matchup. I can see Norv trying to get cute by setting up a counter by showing certain things on film to "exploit" in the playoff game.
And if GB has the North after tomorrow, is week 17 worth tuning into? Maybe a Giants/Pats scenario? Play them tough and take them down in the postseason or do we see both sides or just one side rest players?
Regardless who they play in the first round...I think they can and will take down either Arizona or Carolina.
I was at that game. We went up 3-0 after the first drive. But on third down before the FG Joe Webb bounced a pass. His first pass of the game/drive. Terrible feeling. I knew then what I was in store for.
That was Frazier. Zimmer whattya got.
Minnesota was definitely lacking in MIN-GB Rd1. Nothing working. But game was 19-13 with two minutes left in the third. James Jones had a crazy diving catch off of a terribly thrown ball by A.Rodgers on third down inside the MIN 10 and they were on like the 35 off of it. and the game was different.
That can be said in a lot of losses I assume if we were to compare but that factors in + MIN/GB trending in opposite directions since then factors in. Since Green Bay's beaten Detroit and the game was close in the third, and then they beat Dallas by 3-4 points. That's it.
Really don't know yet what I think will happen in Week 17. It's Lambeau in Primetime for the division, Teddy vs. Rodgers. Oh, AP.