Before we get to the assorted lincs (sponsored by Lincoln Financial of course) I'd like to explore the Viking's injury concerns along their defensive line. Per the latest reports starting left defensive end Ray Edwards will not play due to an injured knee he sustained last week against the Giants. Starting RDT Pat Williams has been deemed a gametime decision trying to recover from a broken shoulder blade.
Now we all know of the immovable wall inside known as the Williams's and Jared Allen, one of the league's elite defensive ends. However, lost in the shuffle is Ray Edwards, a mediocre pass rusher, but according to FootballOutsiders.com
, one of the best run-stoppers at the end position in the NFL (If you own a Prospectus check out his Stop% numbers).
The chart below is from the offense's perspective, thus runs toward the "right end" are in the direction of the left end for the defense. Take note of the right tackle/right end (Kevin Williams/Ray Edwards) adjusted line yards for the Minnesota Vikings. ALY stands for Adjusted Line Yards and are best explained here.
According to FO.com, the league average for adjusted line yards is 4.08, which Minnesota bests at every position along the defensive line. However, runs to the Vikings' left side are the least effective by a large margin. The moral of the story? Look for the Birds to use Nick Cole and Jon Runyan to exploit the left side of the Vikings line with the underreported loss of Ray Edwards. That or, throw the ball 112 times.
Brown has given up no touchdowns and the fewest receptions (23) among cornerbacks who where targeted at least 50 times.