Careers & Jobs
Real Estate & Rentals
Full MSN Index
Sapp has that playoff focus
Benny Sapp (Scott Boehm/Getty)
Posted Jan 15, 2010
Cornerback Benny Sapp has been gearing up for the Vikings’ opening playoff game for two weeks, despite not knowing what his role is going to be or who the opponent would be until last weekend.
One of the unsung heroes of the Vikings defense this season has been cornerback
went down in October, it was Sapp who stepped into his starting spot and kept the secondary from falling apart.
With Winfield scheduled to play a larger role in Sunday’s divisional playoff game with Dallas than he has in the previous couple of games, Sapp said he isn’t sure what his role will be – whether playing on the outside or moving inside as the nickel cornerback.
“I don’t know,” Sapp said of his role for Sunday’s game. “I never know. They tell me where to go and I go. We have a great secondary. It’s a great luxury. You just have to come in whatever is going on and adjust to the scheme and play ball.”
Sapp said the Vikings took advantage of their bye week, but, for him, much of that time was spent locked in on the Cowboys. Although the game won’t be played until Sunday, he said he’s already played the game mentally throughout the week.
“I’ve probably played the game three or four times in my head already,” Sapp said. “I’m just preparing and getting ready for another week. Each day that goes by you get that tunnel vision. Everything you’re thinking about is the Cowboys. It’s a great thing, because this is our job. We put in all this time and work to be able to focus in on the next opponent.”
With the weapons the Cowboys have, Sapp said the Vikings will have to bring their “A” game Sunday. They got home-field advantage for this round, but nothing will be handed to them.
“Dallas is a very good team,” Sapp said. “Nobody in this locker room is taking them lightly. We know what they can do and they have a lot of weapons. But so do we. They have to worry about us as much or more than we do. That’s what playoff football is about. They have strengths. We have strengths. It’s all going to come down to who executes on Sunday. If we play our game, we’re going to be hard to beat.”
was the 2009 recipient of the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award, given annually by the local media to the Vikings player who is the most cooperative and has the best attitude with the media each season.
The Vikings injury report was essentially the same as Wednesday with the exception of fullback
, who was added to the injury report and missed practice with a back injury. The other six players that were limited in practice Wednesday –
(shoulder), Antoine Winfield (foot), Shiancoe (quadriceps),
(thumb) – were also limited in practice Thursday.
The Cowboys are about as injury-free as a team can be at this point in the season. Nobody sat out practice and the only player who was limited with running back
, who is expected to play Sunday.
is the cover story in this week’s edition of
Pro Football Weekly,
in which it is discussed whether Peterson is having an off year despite rushing for almost 1,400 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns.
The Vikings are reminding fans to beware of counterfeit tickets for Sunday’s game. The sale of fake tickets is a growing problem and many fans were turned away from the Packers game with counterfeit tickets. There are several organized groups working out of New York, Atlanta and Detroit selling fake tickets at the sights of big sporting events and concerts and the NFL is conducting its own investigation trying to break up the rings. The Vikings urge fans that are buying tickets late to do so through the Vikings ticket office, Ticketmaster or the NFL TicketExchange. Purchasing tickets from someone other than those vendors is done at the buyer’s own risk.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for
Viking Update on Twitter
and discuss this topic on our
. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine,
What kind of advantage is home field?
Jan 16, 2010
Vikings unrestricted free-agent analysis
Jan 8, 2010
Where’s was Ocho? Not hurting Vikings
Dec 14, 2009
Subscribe today and get a full year of
Viking Update Magazine
with an annual Total Access Pass.
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from VikingUpdate.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a
list of all Team Newsletters
Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to
View My HotList
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to
Football > Boyd H. Anderson HS > Alumni
Football > Minnesota
Football > Northern Iowa > Alumni
View My HotList
Copyright © 2014 Scout.com.
All rights reserved.
Terms of Service
Junior College Football
Advertise on MSN
About our ads
© 2014 Microsoft