Lucas Oil Stadium
September 16, 2012 1:00pm EDT
2. Get off the field on defense. While the Vikes were 2 for 10, they allowed the Jaguars to convert 9 of 18 third downs and, of course, gave up the go-ahead TD with only seconds to go in the game. They also gave up a 17-play drive to start the game and never got their wind back. That can’t happen again. One thing that might help is….
3. Adrian Peterson is back and looked good. With 2 TDs on 17 carries, AD looked almost every bit of his pre-injury self. Since it’s unlikely Dwight Freeney will play, it’s important for the Vikings to establish and maintain the running game from the start. And if they can’t do that, they always have….
4. Percy Harvin. He lines up at WR; he lines up in the slot; he runs from the backfield. Oh, and he returns kickoffs, too. If he can help stretch the field a little and take the pressure off of Peterson and the running game, it could be a big day for the Vikings offense. Especially if the D-line puts…..
5. Pressure on the rookie QB. For the first time in 25 games, the Vikings went without a sack by a defensive lineman in week 1. While Jared Allen believes a phantom off-side cost him one, the entire line will be licking their chops at what appears to be a decimated Colts O-line.
2. Keep Ponder in the pocket. With the limited targets available to him, Ponder is most successful when the play breaks down and his offensive weapons are free-lancing. From the pocket he gets nervous, remembering all the sacks his porous O-line gave up last year. Without Freeney, the Colts may have a hard time putting him on the ground but they should be able to get defensive pressure – especially from their left side. The best way to contain the Vikings’ passing game is to….
3. Know where Harvin is at all times. As mentioned above, Harvin is THE playmaker for the Vikings offense. If the Colts can neutralize him, they will force the Vikings to attempt to beat them with the running game and short routes to the tight ends. And when Luck gets the ball, the Colts can…
4. Use the Vikings’ defensive youth against them. There isn’t much veteran depth on the Vikings at any position. They will start 2 rookies and a second-year player in the nickel secondary. While they have youth and speed, they lack experience. Misdirection plays and reverses should be very successful. This can only boost….
5. Andrew Luck’s confidence. RG3 looked great last week, starting out going 8-8 throwing mostly bubble screens and possession passes. Luck can do the same this week against a mostly terrible Vikings defensive backfield.