Vikings' Weakest Link: Defensive Tackle?


FoxSports.com’s John Czarnecki believes defensive tackle is the weak link for the Super Bowl contender Vikings:

It looks like the Vikings’ two defensive tackles, Kevin and Pat Williams, could finally be suspended four games for failing a drug test more than a year ago. If it happens at the start of the season, they figure to lose two of their first four games with the Saints, Dolphins and Jets among the opponents.

There isn’t a better defensive tackle in the NFL than Kevin Williams while big Pat is a huge run stuffer. They will be replaced by Jimmy Kennedy, a former first-round bust, and Fred Evans. Yes, Kennedy and Evans play well when rotating in for the Williams Wall, but it will a lot different story if these two giants are down for four games. With no push from the middle, Jared Allen might find himself double-teamed repeatedly throughout the first quarter of the season.

Memo to Mr. Czarnecki: Jared Allen finds himself repeatedly double-teamed even when Pat and Kevin are in there.

His point is well-taken though. If the Vikes do lose Pat and Kevin for the first four games of the season, they will have a rough time against some of those good running teams.

The uncertainty swirling around the Williams Wall is the reason for all the Albert Haynesworth rumors, which will remain with us throughout the summer. I personally don’t see the Vikings pulling the trigger on the Haynesworth deal. Too many issues.

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