The next two weeks, the Vikings face Detroit and New Orleans. It's a safe bet those teams will throw the ball.
Here's what I'd like to see for starters:
Cedric Griffin - safety - After his knee operations, it doesn't look like he can play corner. But he's a guy who has worked hard and been effective when healthy. And I'd rather have him playing safety than all the other options except...
Mistral Raymond - safety - I really hope this guy succeeds on the Vikings. I didn't see him much in the Broncos game - that's probably a good thing since most of the coverage of the db's was them getting torched. When I did see him, he was flying around. Yeah, he got a penatly on special teams, but the way he was jumping around afterwards, you couldn't help but realize he cares.
Brandon Burton - corner - I mostly want to see how he works with slightly different safeties and how he handles a second game with significant playing time.
Chris Cook - corner - First, if he is found guilty of domestic charges, I think the Vikings should cut him or, at a mimimum, trade him. But as I understand it right now, no conclusion has been reached. I had high hopes for Cook, and there were times this year where I felt like he could shut down the top receiver on another team. He may not be in playing shape at this point, but I would like to see him out there for these two games.
The Vikings have a huge list of needs. They won't be able to find everything in the next draft or in free agency. If they are going to come back and be effective in the near term, it's going to have to be because they have the talent already on their team.
Worst case, the Vikings get torched on pass defense (but it seems pretty likely this is what will happen anyway).
Best case, the Vikings find a couple potential starters who are either young or winding down their career at another position. And if they do choose to part ways with Cook, they may effectively audition him for a possible trade with another team that is willing to take the risk. Personally, I hope Cook gets his life in order and becomes a shut-down corner for the Vikings. And I really, really hope Mistral Raymond has a couple great games.
As the season comes to a close, I want two things. I want entertaining games with plays that make it worth watching (Ponder, Harvin and the rest of the offense gave me that on Sunday). And I want to see things that give me hope for next year. If the Vikings try out a defensive backfield like this, I will get some opportunities to see some players who might give me hope for next year's defensive backfield.