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New Faces, New Schemes Help Defense

Darren Sharper

The Vikings entered Sunday's season opener with five new starters on defense, but that didn't stop them from trying other new things. Welcome to the era of a veteran defense in Minnesota.

Coach Mike Tice and his staff enter Sunday's game at Cincinnati confident that they have found a successful formula on defense. With five new starters in the lineup — six, if middle turned weakside linebacker E.J. Henderson is included — the defense was able to avoid many of the embarrassing mistakes that plagued it in recent seasons in Sunday's season-opening 24-13 loss to Tampa Bay...

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