Tom Brady and Bill Belichick opened up the can of worms. Every team since has made a point to take the hint. The Vikings' run defense has become the most feared in the league and teams aren't shy about admitting it.
This week, Kevin and Pat Williams graced the cover of Pro Football Weekly with the headline "Roadblock: Pat and Kevin Williams make up the NFL's most imposing DT tandem." Apparently everyone else agrees.
The Vikings have set a pair of franchise records over the last two games. Against the Dolphins, they set a record for least rushing yards allowed (four) in a game in team history. Yesterday vs. the Cardinals, they set a new franchise mark for least rushing attempts surrendered (six).
"We're just going to have to get used to this," cornerback Antoine Winfield said. "Teams copy things that work and they see that they can't run against our defensive front. If we can make teams one-dimensional, that's to our advantage, but I expect we're going to see a lot more of that as the season goes on.
* The Vikings rotated Mike Rosenthal and Ryan Cook at right tackle and the Vikings offense had a huge day -- gaining 412 yards and picking up 30 first downs.
* Chester Taylor is just one yard short of gaining 1,000 yards rushing on the season.
* Troy Williamson was dropped to No. 5 receiver Sunday and had just one pass thrown his way -- a bomb that went right through his hands that would have been a touchdown.
* Chester Taylor's 66 yards rushing in the first quarter set a team record -- breaking the old mark of 60 set by Ted Brown vs. the Packers Oct. 23, 1983.
* The Vikings are now 5-0 when they win the turnover battle.
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