Vikings Defense Possibly Even Worse Than The Cowboys

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One of the great things about working at The Landry Hat, and the FanSided Sports Network, is our access to different experts. Since our network has a site for every NFL team, I’d thought I’d get an insider’s take on the upcoming Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings game from “behind enemy lines”. Therefore, I present these five in-depth questions with the co-editor of our Vikings’ site, The Viking Age, Adam Carlson.

Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a touchdown pass to Rueben Randle (82) over Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams (93) during the first half at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

1. Who do you think will get the start on Sunday: Ponder or Freeman? Who do you prefer?

I believe that Ponder will get the start. Not only does he know the system better, but the Vikings have to play the situation safe because of Josh Freeman’s concussion. That said, the quarterback that gives the Vikings the best chance to win may just be the one quarterback that isn’t in the running to start on Sunday, Matt Cassel. The circus at the position is just a mess in Minnesota.

2. I haven’t heard a lot about the Viking defense. What are their strengths and weaknesses?

The Vikings defense this year may just be the worst in the history of the franchise. Not only are they on pace to give up a team record number of passing yards, but they are 29th in the league in average passing yards given up per game (287.9). Things aren’t any better with the Vikings rush defense. It used to be a strong suit for the team, but now they are 21st in the average rushing yards allowed per game (113.7). When you add those together, you get 401.6 total yards given up by the defense per game, which is the third worst in the NFL. So pretty much everything is a weakness.

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