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Continued: Vikings face another tough RB-WR combination in Chicago

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 14, 2013 - 12:08 AM

“They’re similar body type-wise,” cornerback Chris Cook said, comparing Marshall and Johnson. “Both guys are bigger guys as receivers, and they like to play physical.’’

Forte, meanwhile, might not be as explosive as Bush. But he’s a capable runner and a very good receiver.

“I think he’s proven himself over the past few years, just like Bush has, that once he gets the ball in his hands, and he has an opportunity in the open field, he’s dangerous,” defensive end Brian Robison said.

So the key will be to limit big plays over the top, and then do a better job along the line. Williams said several players took bad angles on Bush’s 77-yard score.

The anticipated return of Kevin Williams should help shore up the run defense. And, given the Bears attack, the Vikings figure to be in their base defense — with a third linebacker — more often than in Detroit, where the Vikings played mainly in their nickel set.

But it will important for the entire front seven to make sure Forte is corralled quickly after catching the ball — something the Vikings didn’t do with Bush.

“It was, for the lack of a better word, embarrassing watching it on tape,” Robison said. “We had so many missed tackles in that game. We have to shore that up this week, make sure we get two hands on ’em, bring ’em to the ground.’’

 

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