Every time I see this matchup, I have to cringe knowing that one of our best-ever teams were bested by the notorious “Dirty Birds.” I can only remember Jamal Anderson having one decent year as a running back-it just happened to be the same year the Vikings were rampaging their way to a Superbowl berth, 1998…until the Falcons squashed that dream.
I remember thinking, all we had to do was put one good hit on their Quarterback and victory would be ours. I had dubbed the Falcons’ QB Chris “Chandelier” Chandler, because he was as fragile as glass-was always on the injured list, and yet, that “Chandelier” remained unbroken-as he and the rest of his team danced their F@*#ing “Dirty Bird” dance in our (Metrodome) end zone on their way to the Superbowl.
I guess the only consolation to this was the fact that the Broncos with John Elway at the helm went on to destroy the Falcons in Superbowl XXXIII.
But that was then and this is now. We have a new identity-one that is driven by a punishing defense and a run-first offense-a throwback team if you will-very strong on fundamentals.
Atlanta is #1 in stopping the run so far this year, and we have the best running back in the league…that will be an interesting matchup. I hope our offensive line is up to the task…
One would think this should be a game to try and stretch the field through the air a bit, but we still seem hell-bent on giving AP the ball on early downs no matter the circumstances…we’ll see.
All in all, the Vikings are the better team…we have better overall talent at many of the key positions on offense, defense, and special teams. We also have a relentless coach to keep the team heading due-north^^^onward, and upward.
This is a perfect time to clip the wings of the Falcons, trample them under foot and leave them on the field as road kill for the maintenance crew to dispose of after their demise…ya, I’m ready for the game!