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Vikings Vent 12-22 (4 of 4)

The Vikings had seven guys named to the Pro Bowl. Did they all deserve to go? Were guys left off the team who deserve to be there?

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With seven Vikings in the Pro Bowl maybe the team is underachieving. Other teams with that many Pro Bowlers are already making plans for their first-round bye in the playoffs while we are fighting for our playoff lives. I'm glad to see the No. 1 defense against the run rewarded by Kevin and Pat Williams earning a trip to Hawaii. I also believe that all the national publicity that Adrian Peterson has earned was instrumental in getting Tony Richardson and Matt Birk their roster spots. If a team has a runner with Adrian's numbers there must be someone doing an awfully good job of blocking for him. The only Viking who deserved to be going to Hawaii who isn’t on the roster is E.J. Henderson. When the front office signed him to a big contract last year I thought they were crazy, but he has turned into one of the best middle LBs in the NFL.

— Tod Bellrichard

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Who woulda thunk just a few short weeks ago that the Vikes would be sending seven — count 'em — SEVEN, players to Aloha Land? Funny thing is that while the seven players selected are all deserving of the honor bestowed upon them based upon their own individual merits, there were two glaring omissions from the Pro Bowl list, namely E.J. Henderson and Antoine Winfield. As the "quarterback" of the defense, E.J. has been an absolute BEAST, roaming sideline to sideline at breakneck speed on every play. He alone is responsible for Vikings fans being able to utter "Napolean who?" As for Antoine, he is highly regarded as one of the best, if not the best tackling cornerback in the league.

— Marty Smith

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In the giving spirit of the holiday season, what would you like to see the Vikings give the Redskins on Sunday?

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I would like the Vikings to give the Redskins a sound defeat. If the Vikings can play error free football they will win this game, and it will be decisively. We have the better defense, running game, and we’re playing at home. We know what we can expect from our rushing attack and defense. The big question, as everyone knows, is what’s Tarvaris Jackson going to do? Will it be the Jackson of five straight Vikings’ wins or the one that showed up against the Bears on Monday night? For this Vikings fan, nothing would be better for Christmas than a win against Washington and a New Orleans loss!

— Kevin Lash

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In Grinch-like fashion, we need to take, but give at the same time. Defensively, we must force Todd Collins into making poor decisions by way of hurries and sacks. The ultimate "take" is forcing turnovers. On the flip side, the Vikes should focus on giving more this game. We must protect the football against a stout defense — the Redskins are good. We need to pound with Adrian Peterson, create play action, and throw in a gadget play or two to open it up — the element of surprise can break the game open. The Redskins are like us — fighting for a playoff berth, so they look do the same … give and take.

— Mike Jensen

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