In August, I start dreaming about the Vikings all the time. Last night I dreamed I was at their first game, and they won by seven thanks to two defensive touchdowns, including a fumble recovery during a tie game with no time left (but Brett Favre was on the opposing team).
The Viking Secondary
I like the Viking pass defense. A pass rush keyed by Jared Allen puts pressure on passers and helps the secondary a lot. The return of E.J. Henderson (who has looked great in preseason, in my opinion) is going to help the pass defense against short and mid-range passes to RBs and TEs (the Vikes were frequently vulnerable to these types of passes last season). But I'm still a little concerned about the Viking safeties.
Madieu Williams should be a fine safety; I just want to see more of him. But we really need to see second-year safety Tyrell Johnson step up. With so many great run defenders in the front seven, the Viking safeties should be able to focus most of their attention on pass defense. I'm worried that pass completions deep down the middle will be a weakness to this Viking defense.
Anybody else concerned about the Viking secondary? The only DB I really feel confident in is Antoine Winfield.
Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press writes that Brad Childress is limiting Brett Favre's throws in practice (via Pro Football Talk). I have two concerns about Brett Favre in January: 1) that he'll be worn down and ineffective and 2) that in a close playoff game he'll get erratic and throw some devastating, game-losing interception. Seeing the Vikes take steps to mediate my first fear helps. To assuage my second fear, I've been telling myself that a great defense and running game will build up strong leads and Favre won't be called on to make an erratic game-losing interception.
Favre will be playing a lot in the next preseason game (ESPN).
Bernard Berrian (Pro Football Weekly).
Percy Harvin (Yahoo!).
Adrian Peterson (FOX).