Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith (22) and linebacker Chad Greenway (52) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Key Defensive Players for Vikings

The Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III pose a threat to the Minnesota Vikings because of his ability to tuck and run and make plays with his feet. In order to stop that, three players on defense will have to have great games.

1. Brian Robison

The pass rush from Griffin’s strong side is important here. If Robison can get pressure and force Griffin to his left it can force bad throws and toss him right into the hands of Jared Allen. Robison will also be important in contain situations. Because Griffin is mobile, it will probably take a little more time to get to him and keeping him from running to his strong side…Or, maybe he learned his lesson from last week and won’t run much at all, but one thing is for sure, he is going to run.

2. Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith has been somewhat responsible for the culture change that has come over the secondary. His cerebral skills in coverage allow for heavy hits. Against the Detroit Lions Smith had a big hit on Calvin Johnson that broke up a touchdown. Smith also alligator armed Brandon Pettigrew when he went for a catch. Smith seems to have his nose in everything and on top of that he is smart. He makes players think twice about coming across the middle and is strong in run protection.

3. Josh Robinson

Santana Moss is a speedy receiver that Robinson has the ability to cover. Moss is a productive receiver that Griffin will look for if his favorite target Pierre Garcon is still out. The team is looking to convert Antoine Winfield to the Nickel spot so Robinson must step up and cover much more talented receivers, not an easy spot for a rookie, but so far Robinson has done well.

The Vikings face a tough test with Griffin and the team has to be prepared to chase him all over the field. Best case scenario would be the offense getting started early and take some pressure off the defense. Either way it will be a challenge for our beloved Vikings.

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