Since I live so close to Minneapolis, you know there was no question I was going to be in town when the Broncos come to town, and that was even before I knew Tim Tebow would be the starting quarterback.
The Denver Broncos are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now taking on the Vikings, who have had a really rough stretch of injuries in a tough season. I was able to score a photo with Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee and offensive lineman Tony Hills outside the Mall of America yesterday, so the weekend is already off to a great start.
As for the game, I feel like this is a game the Broncos should win, but the Vikings always play tough on their home field, so I don’t expect it to be easy. Ironically, the Broncos might be best served utilizing the passing game to beat the Vikings on Sunday. Minnesota is without their top cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook, as well as safeties Tyrell Johnson and Jamarca Sanford.
The Vikes will also be without star running back Adrian Peterson, and earlier in the week they placed wide receiver Michael Jenkins on injured reserve. Percy Harvin is also questionable for the game, but that doesn’t mean the Broncos aren’t without fault right now.
Star rookie linebacker Von Miller had surgery to repair a thumb injury early this week, and he will be a game-time decision. As of right now, no official decision has been made on Miller’s status, and there are those who are optimistic he will play with a club on his hand.
I think the Broncos will win a tough game. With the way their defense has been playing, I think Denver will be able to limit the Vikings’ offense but they will have to contain Christian Ponder and make sure he doesn’t make something out of nothing.
This game will hinge on which offense is more opportunistic. The Vikings are going to need to have a great game plan–even with the 6th ranked rush defense in the league–to stop the NFL’s top ranked rushing attack. The Broncos will try to pound the ball all day, and if they get an early lead, it will be tough to overcome for Minnesota.