Vikings vs. Buccaneers: Receiver Threats
By Travis West
Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) looks on during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Last week Jackson went off on the struggling saints and put up 216 yards against their defense. Jackson is a huge target at 6’5, but lacks speed. Saints corner Malcolm Jenkins ran down Jackson from across the field on what would have been an easy touchdown. Even though Jackson lacks elite speed, he still provides a large enough catching radius to make catches corners simply can’t defend. Thankfully, the Vikings have experience with covering Lions receiver Calvin Johnson who is also 6’5. Coverage over the top and underneath will be the best defense against Jackson. Let’s hope Harrison Smith can put some fear into him with his hard hitting style.
For obvious reasons the Vikings need to get Percy going. The offense’s passing game starts with him. Once he is going everyone has their eyes on him and it allows Ponder to go to work. Personally, i think having Percy line up in the backfield needs to be worked into the plays more often. His play making ability with the ball in his hands is deadly from anywhere on the field and it will drive defenses crazy. What i think we all would like to see is some type of split back formation with AP and Percy…maybe in time that will happen. I just think we still have not hit the maximum potential with using these players together. That may or may not happen, but Percy needs the ball. Aqib Talib is suspended until week 10 and will be a huge loss at cornerback for the Bucs. Talib’s talent can not be replaced and taking advantage of this loss is crucial for the Vikings.