Consistent offensive line a key to Vikings success

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2013 - 6:30 AM

Adrian Peterson's 2,000-yard season wouldn't be possible without the help of his offensive line, a retooled, cohesive unit that's hitting its stride.

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lgaytanJan. 3, 13 2:34 AM

How many consecutive weeks has Loadholt committed a stupid penalty??? This guy needs to learn some discipline or ship him out because he's cost us big at crucial times with his bonehead decisions!!!! Enough is enough with guy!!!

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atlantatwinsJan. 3, 13 5:49 AM

We need the Vikings give the Packers a different look this week. A smash-mouth football

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SqUaReD80Jan. 3, 13 6:26 AM

What, running the ball 33 times for 199 yards isn't smash-mouth anough for you?

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Jakein08Jan. 3, 13 7:34 AM

The O-line has developed into a very well oiled machine at a great time in the season. Keep it going!!!

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dpldplJan. 3, 13 8:07 AM

Great article Mark. O-line play doesn't get enough press. Nothing operates without it. See Bears line n Cardinals line n David Carr in a Texans uniform.

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TabarnooshJan. 3, 13 8:40 AM

After the QB the two most important aspects of any successful team is the O line and the D line. It all starts there. This O line is a good mix of youth and experience and can actually get better to become dominant. The D line can bring pressure without the blitz and that is huge for a team still a little thin in the secondary.

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njjeffJan. 3, 13 9:12 AM

Just run the ball at Clay Matthews. He runs plays down from the backside, but gets pushed around when you run at him. Beat him up early and slow him down on the rush. They did run at him on Petersons last 26 yard run. RUN LEFT, RUN LEFT, RUN LEFT!!!!!!

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chad78Jan. 3, 13 9:44 AM

i said at the begining of the season that if this line does what it is capable of doing they will be together for at least five years. i know loadhalt been struggling the last four weeks but his upside looks good the twelve weeks before that he was very good player. theys guys are the reason we had a shot at the playoffs. get fusco sometime in the weight room watch out.

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abemntocalJan. 3, 1310:16 AM

How did not one member of this O-Line, which blocked for AD to get within 9 yards of the record, make the Pro Bowl? That just shows how ridiculous the Pro Bowl is. One or more should be in the Pro Bowl!

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siouxchampJan. 3, 1311:30 AM

The Key to the game, will be Ponder's ability or "lack of" to throw the ball, keep the chains moving and not turning the ball over. O-line will be fine. Just don't screw up Ponder and play like an "Average NFL" QB and we stand a very good chance to win.

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