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Continued: Reusse: Turnover – not turnovers – has been the problem for Vikings 'D'

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 10, 2013 - 1:29 PM

The Vikings allowed teams to convert on third down at 34 percent (95-for-230) last season. This year, the Lions, Bears, Browns and Steelers — not exactly the murderer’s row of the NFL — have converted at 47 percent.

You can talk about getting off the field on third down. How does it happen?

“You execute the defense,” Henderson said. “You don’t get out of position. You make plays. You don’t miss tackles. You don’t get penalties that get the other team off the hook. That’s how it happens.”

It would’ve been nice to have Winfield to help on Sunday when Carolina’s Cam Newton breaks out of the pocket. The money went instead to Freeman, and it’s hard to argue with that.

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. preusse@startribune.com

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