Brian Robison turns back the clock in Vikings win


For one day, Brian Robison looked like the player he was three years ago when sites like PFF consistently rated him among the best edge rushers in the NFL.

Last year Robison looked like anything but a top edge rusher and frankly I thought he was done. But apparently the veteran still has something left in the tank.

With the Vikings needing a huge performance from their defense to beat the Detroit Lions, Robison stepped up.

Detroit right tackle Cornelius Lucas never knew what hit him. Robison worked over the second-year UDFA all afternoon.

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Robison’s line at the end of the day was a thing of beauty. He ended up with five QB pressures, six tackles and two batted passes.

Matthew Stafford had a very bad and painful day at quarterback for Detroit and Robison was one of the main perpetrators. One of the hardest hits on Stafford came courtesy of Robison after the pocket collapsed and Stafford tried to scramble.

Anthony Barr did a great job staying in front of Stafford to stop him from running and Robison did the rest, slamming him from behind.

Stafford became very inaccurate in the second half and hits like that were a big reason why. Stafford simply looked like a beaten man late in the game and because of that Detroit was unable to mount any kind of comeback.

Robison and Linval Joseph both got it done big-time on the left side of the defensive line. The Vikings’ pressure kept Matthew Stafford running for his life and that prevented Detroit from getting the ball down the field to Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate for big plays.

Oh and the Vikings also stuffed the Lions’ run game.

The whole Vikings D looked fantastic on Sunday and Brian Robison was a big part of that. I don’t know how many more big games the 32-year-old Robison has left in him but at least yesterday he looked like he can still get it done.

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