Skelton likely to start against Vikings? what does this mean for Vikings defense?
By Travis West
Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Chris Cook (20) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
The passing game will be the most important part of this weekends game for the Vikings defense. The Arizona Cardinals have a completely depleted backfield and will more than likely look to pass the ball more. With that being said, It is being reported from multiple sources that backup quarterback, John Skelton will be replacing the injured Kevin Kolb this weekend against the Vikings. It is still early and things can change, but for now its is being reported that Kolb is out. Skelton was injured in week one of the season and was replaced by Kolb. Kolb was injured in the Cardinals loss last weekend against the Buffalo Bills. Skelton has thrown zero touchdowns and has two interceptions on the season.
Now, what does this mean for the Vikings? The Vikings should have an easier time covering the almost immobile Skelton than they did Robert Griffin III thats for sure, but more importantly, the Vikings will be facing a quarterback that is not nearly as accurate as Griffin, or Kolb for that matter. The Vikings defense have deflected 38 passes with only 3 interceptions. The defense should be able to defend the pass fairly well, especially since Skelton hasn’t had as many reps with the first team as Kolb. Skelton has only started one game this season which means bad timing, bad throws and hopefully, interceptions and with the Cardinals main Threats being receivers Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, we can expect some plays to be made on the ball. Our secondary will be tested if Skelton and get things gong in the air, but I imagine that the hard hitting safeties that we have on side will put some fear into those guys. Also, our defensive line should be able to get to Skleton fairly easily. In the last three games, Kolb was sacked 22 times.
The Vikes need to bounce back from that loss and get things back on track, I’m not saying that they are off track, but we saw what happen…