Wednesday, January 13, 2010
NFL PLAYOFFS- Divisional Round Previews
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
The Dallas defense will be blitzing as they come off the team bus when they face the Vikings on Sunday afternoon in the Metrodome.
Getting to Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre will be the key to the game as the Dallas Cowboys look to continue the roll they have been on since surprising the New Orleans Saints a month ago.
If the Dallas defense cannot apply steady pressure on the 40-year old signal caller, it could be a long day for the 'Pokes.
Favre and his favorite target Sidney Rice have been riding high all season long. It doesn't stop there either as Favre can choose from Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Vinsanthe Shiancoe, and either Adrian Peterson or Chester Taylor out of the backfield.
The fact the Dallas "Doomsday" defense has held opponents to 17 points or less in four straight games is impressive. The Saints scored just 17 against the Cowboys' defense, then the Redskins and Eagles were shut out before the defense limited Philly to just 14 points in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs last week.
The Vikings stumbled down the stretch, even though they rebounded to pound the Giants in the season finale to lock up a first round bye in the playoffs.
The Minnesota defense was strong for most of the season, but when Jared Allen and the rest of the defense can't get pressure on opposing quarterbacks, the secondary has been getting lit up as evidenced by Arizona's Kurt Warner and Carolina's Matt Moore in blowout wins by their teams over Minnesota in December.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has a clear head this post-season and has put the ghosts of failures past behind him for the time being in leading the Cowboys' resurgent offense.
Felix Jones had a huge game last week running the football against the Eagles and Tashard Choice and (if healthy) Marion Barber III will contribute against the Vikings defense.
Romo has several targets in Roy Williams, Jason Witten, Sam Hurd, Miles Austin and the backs
If the game turns into a shoot out, look for Minnesota to pull away and win easily, but if Dallas can maintain it's game plan of late to control the football and game clock and play solid defense, they will likely find themselves in the NFC Championship Game next week.