This week may be the toughest match-up that the Vikings have on their entire schedule. Not only are they going against a future hall-of-famer at Quarterback, one who has set many records in the regular season and is closing in on numerous others, but they also have to face off against one of the best defenses in the league, one that boasts a very formidable pass rush and has a knack for forcing turnovers.
To make matters worse, the Vikings will be taking them on in the Mile High air. They’ll also likely be going into this game without a couple of their better wideouts. Jarius Wright is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, while Charles Johnson has already been listed as out. That means that guys like Adam Thielen, Cordarrelle Patterson and Stefon Diggs will need to step their game up so that they can be used as targets against this formidable defense. Teddy Bridgewater is going to have his hands full, and will need to receive a very well thought out game plan from Norv Turner to keep his team in the fight.
Luckily, the Broncos are not without their own concerns. Peyton Manning has looked like a shadow of his former self in the first three games, and has been battling some old-man pains that have been keeping him out of practice. Accompanied by a host of injuries to his offensive line, the game plan for the Vikings defense should be to try to pound Manning to the ground and convince him to start planning out his retirement.
A strong defense may not be enough to solidify this win however, as Denver’s defense has been able to score on their own. So above all else, Teddy and his offense will need to focus on ball control. With two strong defenses heading into the game, this has the makings of a low scoring affair. The odds are on the side of the home team, but the Vikings should be encouraged by this. You prove you are the best by beating the best, and right now there are few teams better than the Broncos.