Vikings-Chargers matchups to watch

The Vikings and Chargers present some interesting matchups between established veterans. Stars on both sides of the ball will be key for each of the teams as they face off against each other.

  • Vikings SLB Chad Greenway vs. Chargers TE Antonio Gates. Greenway has made significant strides in coverage but allowed 62 completions in 75 passes thrown into his coverage (82.7%) lasts season for 505 yards (8.1 average), a touchdown and a 99.2 rating. The Chargers surely will try to isolate Gates against WLB Erin Henderson when the Vikings are in the base defense, too.

  • Vikings offensive line vs. Chargers defensive line. San Diego NT Antonio Garay can rag-doll even the most physical centers and he's precisely the type of player who can give C John Sullivan trouble. The Vikings can run away from that matchup more than they could in their inside zone-heavy days, but it still will be a tall task for them to move the Chargers' front as a whole, regardless of scheme.

  • Chargers SS Bob Sanders and the Chargers' run defense vs. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. Eager to prove it can be a physical unit, the Chargers get the first-game challenge of trying to stop Peterson – he went for an NFL-record 296 yards in their previous game. Sanders was brought in to lead an attack that is eager to quiet Peterson. But he might be compromised if the inside linebackers aren't doing their job. This is the first game of a contract year season for Peterson.

  • Chargers pass protection with LT Marcus McNeill vs. the Vikings pass rush, led by DE Jared Allen. Allen has been a pain to the Chargers. Back when he was playing the Chiefs, he had four sacks in eight games. But Allen will be missing the inside pressure of Pat Williams – he was let go – and Kevin Williams – suspended for two games. That might allow Pro Bowl LG Kris Dielman to lend a hand to McNeill in keeping Allen at bay. Plus this is the first game action for McNeill, who missed the preseason after minor knee surgery.

  • Chargers deep coverage vs. Vikings QB Donavan McNabb. If the Vikings can establish the running game, and there doesn't seem to be many reasons to think otherwise, the Chargers could be susceptible downfield. Against the Cardinals in the preseason, SS Bob Sanders, FS Eric Weddle and CB Antoine Cason got their signals crossed on a Larry Fitzgerald, 80-yard touchdown reception over the top. McNabb won't be looking to do too much. But he might be given a great opportunity for a big play deep if Chargers get caught peeking in trying to stop Peterson.


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  • Vikings SLB Chad Greenway vs. Chargers TE Antonio Gates. Greenway has made significant strides in coverage but allowed 62 completions in 75 passes thrown into his coverage (82.7%) lasts season for 505 yards (8.1 average), a touchdown and a 99.2 rating. The Chargers surely will try to isolate Gates against WLB Erin Henderson when the Vikings are in the base defense, too.
  • Vikings offensive line vs. Chargers defensive line. San Diego NT Antonio Garay can rag-doll even the most physical centers and he's precisely the type of player who can give C John Sullivan trouble. The Vikings can run away from that matchup more than they could in their inside zone-heavy days, but it still will be a tall task for them to move the Chargers' front as a whole, regardless of scheme.
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