Opponent injuries giving Vikings advantage?

The next two opponents for the Vikings have injuries to important players that could significantly alter their offenses.

Injuries are always part of the NFL and this year is no exception. However, the Vikings may be the beneficiary of some untimely injuries heading into their next two games that could give the team the dreaded competitive advantage often referenced by head coach Brad Childress.

Over the next two weeks the Vikings will play Tennessee and New Orleans, two teams that have been forced to make key offensive changes on the fly. In Tennessee, the Titans are without QB Vince Young, who, while far from being the player the Titans envisioned when they drafted him, is the kind of playmaker that has given the Vikings fits over years. Kerry Collins has been able to the keep the ship sailing in the right direction, but he is a player who has had some mighty struggles against the Vikings.

The Saints are off to a 1-2 start and, like the Vikings and their offense, have taken a couple of serious hits. In Week 1, the team lost Marques Colston for at least a month and news came out Monday that tight end Jeremy Shockey is going to require sports hernia surgery and could miss up to six weeks. In Sunday's loss to Denver, the Saints offense was essentially just Reggie Bush running the ball and Reggie Bush catching the ball. Any team that depends on one player that much is doomed against a strong defense.

When the season started, both the Saints and the Titans had much different looks than the Vikings are going to see when they play those teams the next two weeks. Maybe those key offensive losses will cut into their home field advantage.

TUESDAY NOTES

  • Vinny Ciurciu was at Winter Park Monday, but there was no official word on the results of his MRI. He claimed to be OK, but his knee injury looked pretty serious when it happened. However, he walked through the locker room without much apparent distress.

  • Sidney Rice proclaimed himself healthy enough and said he will be ready to go against the Titans Sunday.

  • In two games with Tom Brady out of the lineup, former Viking Randy Moss has six receptions for 37 yards and no TDs.

  • Former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is on the hot seat in St. Louis, where the Rams have been dismal this year. There is already talk that he will be replaced for longtime Rams player Henry Ellard as soon as next week.


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