James Ihedigbo Blog: It’s vital for us to bounce back

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Safety James Ihedigbo blogs about preparing for the Minnesota Vikings and taking the defense to the next level.

Our upcoming game against the Vikings is a divisional game, which makes it very important. Wins in the NFC North are tough to come by. Part of our goal this season is to win the division and you do that by winning your divisional games. So this is a big one coming up. We know last week we let one get away from us so it’s vital for us to bounce back and come out with a W.

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Teddy is a young quarterback, but he is very smart and talented with a big arm. He does a good job of running that offense and making checks at the line of scrimmage. We have to go in there and make life difficult for him. We need to execute defensively and take the next step in the way we’ve been playing.
We’ve been playing well, but looking back at last week, there were plays that we gave up that we shouldn’t have given up. This week, we need to tighten that up going against this Vikings’ offense.
If the stats are right, in their two wins, they have run the ball for over 100 yards in both games. It’s a team that is going to want to run the ball and try and use that to their advantage, playing at home. Once again, our job as a defense as a whole is to stop the run.
And then there’s Cordarelle Patterson — such a dynamic player. He’s got size, speed and strength. With his versatility, they want to get him the ball every which way possible — whether it’s a reverse, deep ball, smoke passes, posts, slants — you name it. Our work is definitely cut out for us with containing him. He is a guy that might get a play on us here or there, but we have to make sure if he catches the ball, we tackle him, get him down and not let him get yards after the catch.
Our mindset is to play for each other, play for your brother next to you. If we continue to execute at a high level, communicate at a high level and play for each other, we’ll be just fine.