Originally Posted by TejasTom
The Vikings key to beating the Texans is for the Mayan Apocalyse to happen.
I'm sure that's a big part of it.
I think you're suggesting, that they are not very good & you're right. Unlike the Colts, these guys aren't going to help us, other than running the ball & eating the clock. They aren't mistake prone, they don't turn the ball over. They're -6, but compared to the Colts -17 that's practically nil.
We've got to make sure he earns his yards, & after watching Danieal Manning for the last three weeks, that may be a tall order.
Bad coaches will alter their game plan if they are down "too many points" regardless of how much time is left on the clock. Down 21 points after the 1st qtr? Not a big deal. Scoring 21 points in 3 qtrs is doable. Running the ball keeps their offense off the field, keeps them from scoring, & keeps your defense fresh, which is conducive to getting stopping the opposing offense.
Down 21 points with 20 minutes left in the game? Time to put the running game on the shelf..... unless you have Adrian Peterson who can score from anywhere at any second, just like a passing game.