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Enemy Storylines: Vikings Edition

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 6, 2013 – 12:51 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

One season ago these two proud franchises were battling for playoff positioning. Now they are hoping to notch a must-needed win in seasons marred with frustration, incremental rises, drops in execution and rides back up the roller coaster again.

Losing out in the final seconds to the Chicago Bears in Week 1, the Vikings 2013 season mirrors that of 2011 where they won only three games total after a 1-6 start.

Now 1-7 with cold weather whipping through the city streets and citizens packing away their summer clothes that they were afforded by Mother Nature for a whole six days, there hasn’t been much to get excited for.

Until now.

With their media as giddy as a child going to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory on Halloween, all the focus this week has been on Robert Griffin III.

Shoot they even wrote about what could have been—an all-purple No. 10 jersey.

Jumping the Vikings in 2012’s draft order, the Redskins did more than pick second overall. They stole the possibility of an RGIII-Adrian Peterson combination right from the hopeful minds of Vikings faithful.

Anyhow, onward to more footbally news.

The Vikings’ quarterback carousel took an extra spin earlier this season when they signed Josh Freeman. Freeman was brought in to possibly take the starting gig full-time from Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. Ponder, a first round pick for the Vikings in 2011, missed time with injury.

In came Cassel. Out went Cassel. In came Freeman. Out went Freeman. In came Ponder again.

After nearly defeating the Cowboys last week and getting the nod for tomorrow’s game, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told Ponder not to worry about the situation.

DeAngelo Hall—well—that’s a different story.

Immovable force vs. Unstoppable object.

Predicated on stopping anything that attempts to use the offensive line as both shield and hole creator, the defensive line faces the biggest test of the season—stopping running back Adrian Peterson.

He may not have the historical numbers yet this season, but this is Adrian Peterson we’re talking about.

The same guy who ran for an NFL record 296 yards in one game his rookie season, recorded 2,097 yards last season and has 83 career touchdowns.

He said the offense should remain committed to his forte.

Stopping a “traditional” read-option is hard enough on a full week’s study, but like the kid who sits in the back of Biology class playing Farmville throughout the semester and then doses off during the day of review, the Vikings are cramming last minute in devising a gameplan to combat any option, triple-option included, in hopes of being at least slightly prepared.

With Redskins lead writer Brian Tinsman somewhere above Ohio en route to Minnesota, here is Vikings.com’s five keys to the game.

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