I’ve learned this morning that two of the Vikings’ defensive starters have been ruled out for tomorrow night’s game: Sharrif Floyd (DT); Xavier Rhodes (CB). While Rhodes is an adequate corner, with good size he seemed like a viable option to cover an obvious non-100% Jordy Nelson.
Meanwhile, Minnesota will likely feel the absence of Floyd. He’s a premier interior defensive lineman in all the NFL and can effect both the running and passing game. I also believe he’s a better player than Malik Jackson (he signed a big time $ deal with Jacksonville in the offseason and was supposed to wreak havoc v Lane Taylor), and could’ve caused an issue for Lane Taylor, but not to worry now. The main focus for the offensive line is now to handle Linval Joseph, their other great defensive tackle.
With this newfound information, I’m updating my pick to…
*I never kept a running total, or score of my weekly predictions. Here they are. I never picked an outcome for week 1 last year, but I’ll play it safe and say I’m confident that I would’ve picked the Pack to best Chicago, at least heading into the season. Since last year was so puzzling, each and every game, I’ll actually take some pride in picking .500. With the correct pick of last week, my record is 10-9.