I been watching Favre play and I noticed a few things that the Lions front four should take notice of. His weight distribution is off. He's not stepping into his throws, and he's sailing passes over his receivers' heads. Also, he's dancing in the pocket, like he's afraid of someone rolling his ankle. I don't think he is even 80% on that leg. And his line is almost as bad as ours is supposed to be. They are questioning Bryant McKinnie's work ethic and his RT is a mess. Cherilus may be better than him. Also, his recievers have not exactly been lighting it up, and our secondary is a bit underrated. The one thing that scares me is the lack of LB talent. Giving up big running days to backs is a result of not having good LB's. We just got torched by Forte and McCoy, so Peterson must be licking his chops.
But this front four, they get after it. Like a bunch of rabid dogs, led by Suh and KVB (that guy is relentless). We got Jackson as the speed rusher, Avril as the power rusher, Turk as the do-it-all, play anywher on the line guy, Suh sucking up the double teams, and KVB who just does not stop. Just think about how good we could be with one transcendent LB and one shut down corner. But this is all gonna come down to Favre and the Lions' secondary. If they can at least compete with Harvin and Co., and let that line get after Favre on 3rd down, the Vikes will be in big trouble.
Vikes have a good defense but no one has had the answer for Jahvid Best just yet, and Calvin Johnson HAS to get off in this game. If you watch the tape, DB's are playing 8-15 yard off him from the line, because of his speed. We need to start running hot routes and quick slants for him to let him get 7 or 8 yards and maybe make a play in the open field. These things will get him more touches, and force the defense to press him, and they don't want to have to do that. He needs a big game, a double digit catch type game or multi-touchdown type game. I like Pettigrew putting it together and he needs to give us more of that so we can truly be a potent offense. We need to start leaving Best in on 3rd down. If we spell him, we should do it on one of the first two downs because we need his pass catching ability to keep drives alive. The O-line has been better than expected (shattering Staffords' shoulder notwithstanding, thanks Jeff Backus).
Hill is a mystery. At times he looks like he has control of the offense and makes some great throws, at times he looks like Joey Harrington. He seems to do better in a hurry up offense, not neccessarily no-huddle, but a quicker pace than Stafford. He also seems to be better at the short-to intermediate routes than the 40 yard bomb, although he can put it up there. He struggles with bootlegs and play action, but he is somewhat athletic and can make short yardage on foot. They need to open up the playbook a little bit and stop babying him. He's a vet, and he's been around, so don't handcuff him like some rookie. I guess I'd rather have him than not, but if we had Stafford, we'd be 2-0, and the Vikes would not stand a chance.
But it don't mean nothing if we don't get after Favre. We need to put him on his ass! He needs to feel pain. We need to make Brad Childress wonder if he should put Tavaris Jackson in the game. The secondary has got to be alert. Delmas needs to get those boys together. If we hit him, he's gonna make bad throws. They gotta be ready. As for Peterson, we need to pray. Because we really can't stop him once he gets to the second level. They are gonna hit the weakside all day, and if we spread it out, they'll just run off tackle. But if we blitz from the weakside, we may be able to slow down the ground game, force them to run into the teeth of our defense. Gotta watch out for the TE leaking out weakside though, because Shaincoe can hurt us.
We can still score points, Stafford or not, as long as Best runs against 6 and 7 in the box, and Calvin Johnson is on our team, so if they load up the box, and double Cal, somebody is open, probably Pettigrew, so he's gotta step up. Big game boys, big game. Winnable game. We can beat these guys. We gotta be sound in execution and play smart. Don't beat ourselves. If they win, make 'em earn it. And if they sleep on us, make 'em pay. I think we will, and I think we stop this road losing streak, and become the talk of the league for the third week in a row. Lions 27, Vikings 23.