No Antoine Winfield = Deep Doo Doo for Vikings

Antoine Winfield, Access Vikings reports, has been held out of practice on Wednesday, and is looking more and more questionable for Sunday against the Steelers.

Keep in mind that no official announcement has been made about Winfield’s status for Sunday’s game.  This is just an impression passed along by professional journalists and repeated by a non-professional pseudo-journalist who has been allowed to run his own blog without supervision.

I don’t need to tell Purple fans what it will mean if Antoine is unable to go against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.  We all saw what happened to the defense without Winfield against the Ravens.  It went from stout to laughable pretty fast.

Thing about Antoine is, losing him hurts you almost as much in the run D as the pass D.  It’s a double-whammy.

The Vikings will attempt to compensate with a combination of Karl Paymah and, most likely, rookie Asher Allen.  Did I mention that Allen has been inactive every game so far this year?  Meaning that, if he does start on Sunday, he will be making his pro debut against the NFL champs and their Hall-of-Fame quarterback.

Cedric Griffin, who used to be our second-best cornerback before Benny Sapp became good, is trying to keep a positive attitude.  “When one guy goes down, the next guy steps up,” said the saggy-panted one.  “We have talented guys here on our team. All of our games just have to elevate and just replace Antoine.”

Sounds good.  Only problem is, Antoine brings so much game, even if other guys elevate it as high as they can, it won’t be enough.

I anticipate an utter ass-kicking at the hands of the Steelers.  Sorry, but that’s reality.  We will be 6-1 after Pittsburgh is done shredding our jury-rigged secondary.

Topics: Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, Baltimore Ravens, Ben Roethlisberger, Benny Sapp, Cedric Griffin, Karl Paymah, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • Ditka

    That’s a bold prediction- 1 player you’re looking at

    You still have not paid me my $1,000 when you said the Pats will easily beat the Giants in the Super Bowl 2 years ago-

    Double or nothing- Minn 30 Pitt 24

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  • SupaFan

    I think it all comes down to witch offensive line the Steelers bring out. Hopefully it’s the one that leaves Big Ben battered and on his back. Now excuse me as I pray to my Kevin Williams bobbing head doll, and sacrifice another calf roping goat string so the Mullet can have a great weekend.

  • http://vikingsfootballhome.blogspot.com/ B

    I would love to say that I disagree, but the way we have been playing lately makes me question my unwavering loyalty… Yes we are posting W’s but we are getting luck in my opinion, I don’t think Luck will cut it against the Steelers…

  • http://www.twitter.com/chrisandersonis Chris Anderson

    I think we’ll actually run the ball well and control the clock. Steelers can’t score 41 and win by 20 if their standing on the sideline.

    But.

    If we don’t run the ball well and we give them 15 possessions….yikes.

    Need at least one Big Ben fumble lost and INT too. We can hope.

  • http://VikingAge Eddie Torrez

    I will tell you what…I have been thinking long and hard about this an my conclusion is illogical and based on nothing but my gut…But I have this over powering feeling that will will be 8-0 come the bye….Like I said….its based on nothing, but I told people last weekend that the Vikings would take Baltimore and they did (not the way I would have liked) but a W is a W no matter how you achieve it…and besides…a lot of what happened to the Vikings last week came in the third and fourth quarters…the Vikings looked pretty solid in the fist half…time will tell and if I am wrong I will post it after the game on Sunday that I was wrong…but….I don’t think you will be reading anything from me…

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