More Questions Than Answers For Vikings Thursday vs Denver
When the Minnesota Vikings wrap-up their preseason on Thursday night (Sept. 2), the club that narrowly missed out on the Super Bowl last year will still have plenty of questions to answer.
First and foremost, will QB Brett Favre be able to make it through his 20th NFL season? Favre recently had an injection of lubricant into his surgically repaired ankle. Number 4 has also looked shaky through preseason, so fans are also worried that his play could diminish significantly.
Secondly, how will the offensive line protect Favre. Center John Sullivan is still questionable for the opener seven days from now against the Saints, and the line as a whole has looked suspect during the entire month of August. Expect both reserve C Jon Cooper and RG Chris DeGeare to see extensive action against Denver as the team prepares for a Sulli-less week one.
Thirdly, the defensive secondary has real issues. Vikes fans were likely so upset at the end of the NFC Championship game that they failed to realize top corner Cedric Griffin had torn his ACL late in the loss. Antoine Winfield is still a great tackler, but is becoming a liability in coverage. Impressive rookie Chris Cook looked strong before tearing his meniscus, and he’s out for three to four weeks. Benny Sapp was traded to address the WR problem, so we are left to hope that castoff Lito Sheppard and understudy Asher Allen can play meaningful minutes… and that’s not even addressing the safety spot, which has chronically underachieved.
Finally, throw in the Percy Harvin migraines, Sidney Rice on the PUP list, Adrian Peterson’s blocking issues, and a possible rift (some say schism) between the head coach and the quarterback, and it’s clear to see that the Purple have some issues.
Issues that won’t be solved in a meaningless preseason game. Nevertheless, listen to the game tonight on Cool Country 100.9 WCMP.