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Posted Dec 24, 2010
The Vikings were burned by the NFL’s all-time touchdown return man on Monday night and face another dangerous weapon Sunday night. What’s the plan. The specialists explain.
Frying pan, meet fire.
Less than a week after
officially became the most prolific return specialist in NFL history against the Vikings, the Vikings will face the potential heir to the throne when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles and return specialist
Jackson, unlike Hester, has been a big-play staple of the Eagles offense since his arrival and his return ability has been a happy by-product of his “take-it-to-the-house skill set.” A day before Hester lit up the Vikings with a punt return TD and a kickoff return that came six yards away from going the distance, Jackson completed a miraculous, improbable comeback against the Giants with a punt return for a touchdown as time expired, leaving the Vikings questioning what they will do against him … which may be a lot of the same of what fans saw in the first half of Monday night’s game.
, always quick with a quip, didn’t disappoint. As he prepared to explain what the Vikings were going to do, he stopped explaining blocking schemes and made it a little simpler.
“Hopefully, I’ll just kick it out of bounds,” Kluwe said with a laugh. “The less we need to deal with him the better, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we just go with trying to get as many yards as possible and kick it out of bounds.”
Jackson’s ability as a return man and record-setting numbers involving long-distance touchdowns of 50 yards or more over the last two years are the calling cards that have to be cause for concern for special teams coach Brian Murphy.
“He’s elusive,” Murphy said. “He has home run speed and, most importantly, he’s got a knack for the big play.”
The Vikings have struggled in the recent past with return men with similar breakaway ability. Hester has burned them. So has
. It would seem that Jackson fits into that category and extreme caution will need to be used.
“They don’t surprise you with what they do,” special teams captain
said. “They block very well and he hits the return at full speed. He doesn’t need much of a seam to break one, so we’re all going to have to maintain our lane integrity.”
Or just kick it out bounds?
“I guess that’s an option we might use,” Farwell said.
Fran Tarkenton is at it again. Tark, who was in town last weekend for the 50th season celebration, has a penchant for ripping
. He did so again this week, saying Favre was selfish for starting Monday’s game and the Vikings showed poor judgment in letting Favre call the shots as to whether he plays or not. Perhaps it was because of Tarkenton’s own consecutive games played streak that he’s so consistently bitter over Favre’s iron man streak.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected rule on the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger fiasco next week.
The Eagles are preparing for the Vikings as if Favre is going to play. Word out of Philly is that the Eagles aren’t buying the “he can’t play” mantra again like the Bears did last week. However,
is expected to make the start.
was fined $10,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Webb last Monday.
was fined $7,500 for a hit he appeared to try to avoid on Chicago QB
. Winfield never left his feet, but ran into Cutler on a blitz and split his chin open with the crown of his helmet.
For those traveling on this holiday weekend, all of us at VU would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday spent with family and friends.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for
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