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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Vikings not subtle about plan: Attack CBs

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Sometimes an NFL coach will gloss over an opponent's weakness.

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave took a more direct approach when asked about attacking the Arizona Cardinals' young cornerbacks entering Week 5.

"We definitely have a plan to throw on those guys," Musgrave told reporters in Minnesota. "We want to get some balls airborne in their direction. Both their guys are young and talented, but we feel confident with our receivers matching up with them."

Arizona's Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson have struggled at times. The safety play hasn't been perfect in support, either. And the Cardinals' pass-rush issues play into the situation quite a bit, too. All things considered, though, Arizona will probably go into this game most concerned about slowing running back Adrian Peterson.

The chart shows 2011 stats for Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb based on how far his passes traveled past the line of scrimmage. The deep ball hasn't been a strength to this point.