I wanted to bring what I said in the Seattle thread to this one because of its relevance. I bolded the points that occurred on Sunday:
"What I honestly believe too is the fact that the Seahawks will underestimate our intensity. I don't think they really have a clue.
(They sure came to play didn't they? Willis takes out Hasselbeck. We continually pound them into submission all game long!)[/i]
With the D gaining most of the respect, our offense needs to step up and put the hand out over the turnbuckle and relieve the D from the ring...it's your turn. (And what does the O do, but run, run, run with Gore over 200 yds and 2TDs!!)
I expect the OL to step it up a notch against this Seattle DL. I am hoping that Rachal, Baas and Snyder snap out of it and maul someone.
(They did, didn't they blasting holes open for Gore's two TD runs?)
I believe that to turn the cornerstone completely and become a true RESPECTED contender they must beat Seattle, become 2-0 in the NFC West and, big and, beat Minny with Peterson and Favre.
(Yes they have beaten the Hawks and now it's on to Minny for a showdown of run D and run O. Based on what Detroit did to Minny, I expect Gore to have a better game than Peterson)
For now, this game is what matters. I really look for us to dominate like we did against the NYJ, Det, and StL. last year at home...really I do.
(They did dominate, but not as much in the passing game of course.)
Again, here we are...winning ugly. We have a top five rushing d going into hostile territory. We can win it big with the OL again. They have to find a way to communicate and would expect Coach Raye and Singletary to address it during the practices. This point is what almost did them in at AZ. They did finally got it together though.
Another important issue is that this is the Vikes Home Opener and it will be very emotional for the team and their fans. Heck, look at us on Sunday. We were loud as f**k so expect the same from Minny. We need to score quickly with a TD and stop them on a three and out to get the crowd out of the game so our OL can communicate well.
Again, I believe our D will keep us in the game close with us winning it in the fourth with guess what, Hill's arm. At least, that's what my crystal ball says...
[ Edited by ninertico on Sep 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM ]