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Sunday slant: Too creative defensively?

Jared Allen (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

The Vikings used a number of different defensive looks with their starters in the third preseason game. Repeated attempts to confuse the quarterback were met with minimal success. We break down the defensive strategy that didn't always work and wonder about its use now that the regular season is here.

With three Pro Bowl players on the defensive line, the Vikings have an abundance of talent up front. They are the only defense in the modern era of the NFL to lead the league in rush defense three consecutive years. The bigger issue in past years has been the team's pass defense, which improved to 18th in 2009. With 14½ sacks from Jared Allen last year and 8½ from Kevin Williams, the pressure... Recommended Stories

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