This is an in depth analysis (with lots of illustrative screen shots) of what the Vikings are doing to run over their opponents. This piece is definitely worth reading to see what we have looking at us this Sunday.
This part is especially interesting, and would even be worthwhile to the Texans coaching staff, who may have already picked up on it, since the Vikings O is not trying to disguise things or trick anyone..........just run over things with brute force..........an aspect of their game that should not be taken lightly, even if there is nothing to Ponder.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings thriving in old-school attack
3) Run-heavy formations create numerical advantages.
To succeed in the NFL, offensive coordinators must be able to create favorable matchups through the clever deployment of personnel. While most offensive play callers utilize various shifts, motions, formations and personnel groupings to generate big plays in the passing game, the Vikings have been able to generate explosive plays on the ground through their brilliant usage of multiple run-heavy formations from various personnel packages.
As I studied the All-22 Coaches Film of the Vikings' past few games, I noticed that their offense often jumps into quasi-unbalanced formations and goal line-type sets to create numerical advantages at the point of attack. In theory, these formations and packages are designed to force opponents to play in a phone booth. Most defenses feature sleeker defensive linemen and linebackers, selected for their ability to get after the passer. The use of tight formations allows the Vikings' big, physical offensive line to overpower opponents over the course of the game. As a result, by the time the fourth quarter rolls around, Peterson routinely finds huge running lanes, often with the game hanging in the balance.