Okay I've been on the DN for about 3 months now, but I've checked this site plenty of times before. However, I've been too lazy to do any posts, so this is my first ever.
This Vikings vs Lions game means a lot more then ever, this game means to keeping the neophytes down. (Btw, neophyte basically means noob, but I learned this in class so I felt like putting it in here.) It's always been two games that Vikings fans knew that we would win, we've haven't lost to Detroit in the Metrodome since before I was born (yes, I'm that young). This game means that the bad teams are getting better, so every game now is not a free win. (although next week against the Chiefs might be. So far, in my life, things have been making things easier for beginners, the new Halo Reach update is making it easier for noobs, and drafting for the Lions is making them a better team. So, this game means pride and saving their playoff hopes for our Vikes.
We all know that the Vikings will get AD involved right from the get go, but I think the passing game needs to get jump started. I'm thinking a bomb to a streaking Berrian. Yes, you all think that Berrian is terrible, but we still do know that he doesn't have that much trouble with passes over his head and not in traffic. If this works the passing game will get started and will definately help our offense. I also think this will help Berrian with his confidence because his worst enemy is himself. This could help the Vikings to an early lead to a deep one to BB. After this, in the first half, still occasionally go deep to Berrian to see how this works. Now, pound the ball with doses of AD and Gerhart and the DL of the Lions is not the best at the run so the Vikings could wear them out. This could help the Vikings get about 17 points and keep them off balance if BB can catch those bombs. However, I haven't metioned our TE's and Harvin yet. Along with bombs and running the ball, have McNabb throw short passes to the TE's and of course just throw to Harvin and give him the ball. This could give the Vikings 24 points at the half.
This is the moment of truth here. In the 2nd half in the 2 previous games we haven't run the ball in enough in the second half. If we can keep pounding the ball to Gerhart and AD we can stay on the field longer and get something out of the drives we have. To get this though, we need Berrian to catch short slants, the Lions might be watching deep now and their LB's might be watching the run so these short slants are going to help. And of course in the Vikings can just get 10 points in the 2nd half we can win.
Keep safeties, Winfield and Griffen deep. The Vikes have done a great job lately of holding down big play WR's. And boy is Calvin Johnson one of them, if the Vikings can hold him down from making huge plays, it will make it easier for the rest of the game. The runs up the middle have been a problem for us and Kevin Williams will for surely help holing it down. Every team who plays Minnesota thinks that they will rip the D up with passes, but if the Vikings hold them down, at halftime they say "hey, the middle of the field is wide open". In the 2nd half the D will need to hold back Erin Henderson and Chad Greenway to hold down Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, and Jahvid Best from ripping the defense with short passes. I say keep on blitzing in crazy ways in the 1st and 2nd half, but hold back in the 2nd.
I expect the Vikings to get to an early lead at the end of the 1st half and if they do these things said up here, we can win this game and keep the weak down where they were.
SKOL VIKES! And thanks for reading my first ever post at the DN.