Thursday, November 26, 2015

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TMatt KalilToe DNPDNPLPQuestionable
DTTom JohnsonConcussionLPFPFPProbable
WRAdam ThielenShoulder FPFPFPProbable
RBMatt AsiataQuadricepsLPLPFPProbable
RBAdrian PetersonHamstringLPFPFPProbable
DTSharrif FloydKnee/AnkleLPFPFPProbable
LBAnthony BarrHand/KneeLPFPFPProbable
CBMarcus SherelsShoulder FPFPFPProbable
DEJustin TrattouFootFPFPFPProbable
QBTeddy BridgewaterLeft ShoulderFPFPFPProbable
LBEric KendricksRibsFPFPFPProbable
SRobert BlantonBackLPQuestionable

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The focus this week is understandably the Green Bay Packers, who will look to come to Minnesota, defeat the Vikings at a home, and pull half a game ahead in a tightly-contested NFC North divisional race. But before Lindsey and Brent break down the key offensive and defensive matchups tomorrow, I want to look back on last week’s victory over the Oakland Raiders.

While the Vikings excelled in a number of areas — the running game, pass defense, turnover differential — one stands out in particular, because it may be the key to the Vikings taking a two-game lead over the Packers — the pass rush.

Before they hosted the Vikings, Oakland’s offense line hadn’t given up a sack since Week 7 against the New York Jets. According to Football Outsiders, they’re the best pass protecting unit in the league, having allowed just 12 sacks this season (2.9% adjusted sack rate). The Vikings, though, exploited what’s been a stout group up front, combining aggressive first steps, solid technique, and Mike Zimmer’s varied looks to create confusion and havoc at the line of scrimmage.

They sacked Derek Carr twice and flushed him from the pocket a number of times, forcing the second-year quarterback into bad decisions and even poorer throws. That’s been the blueprint to beat Aaron Rodgers this season, and against the Packers’ 17th-ranked offensive line, Minnesota’s front-seven should have little trouble doing just that to No. 12.

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The image of Teddy Bridgewater motionless on the ground last week left many wondering if he’d miss today’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Fortunately for the Minnesota Vikings, Bridgewater passed the concussion protocol and will start in less than an hour. His play will be critical as the Vikings look to attack the league’s worst-ranked passing defense, which is allowing 314 yards passing per game.

Bridgewater is also joined by Anthony Barr, who’s been battling a hand injury he sustained against the Rams. He will, however, be missing his partner in crime, Eric Kendricks. The rookie linebacker is fighting through a painful rib injury and his scratch appears to be a precaution. Six other players are inactive, including:

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Today, the Minnesota Vikings will try to stop Todd Gurley without two of their best defensive players; linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Both are inactive for what is the Vikings’ most important game of the season, as Minnesota will look to gain ground on the division-leading Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.

In their place, Audie Cole and Tom Johnson will start. Last season, Cole started the Vikings’ Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears and recorded 11 tackles. He’s shown the ability to step up when called on, though the loss of Kendricks will surely hurt the Vikings in blitzing situations. Johnson, meanwhile, has played well in place of Floyd. Below, a look at the rest of the team’s inactives:

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Floyd, SharrifDTKnee/AnkleDNPDNPDNPOUT
Trattou, JustinDEFootLimitedLimitedLimitedOUT
Barr, AnthonyLBLow BackDNPDNPFullQuestionable
Berger, JoeCChestDNPLimitedFullProbable
Cole, AudieLBFingerLimitedFullFullProbable
Clemmings, T.J.TNeckFullFullFullProbable
Diggs, StefonWRHamstringDNPLimitedFullProbable
Ellison, RhettTEConcussionFullFullFullProbable
Griffen, EversonDENeckLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Johnson, TomDTKneeLimitedFullFullProbable
Smith, HarrisonSNeck________LimitedFullProbable

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