The university of Washington bounced back with vengence after coach Sarkisian took the USC job. Hiring Chris Petersen is a great move for this school. They should see a jump in recruits as well. If you read my last article on coach Petersen turning down the USC job, I didn’t think he would ever break that Boise State tie. Maybe he wanted to avoid the pressures of coaching in southern california. That is not nessasarily a bad thing. Washington will allow the growing pains and let coach Petersen get his kind of players in there. While USC on the other hand, if you are not contending for a Pac 12 championship after year two, he might be on the hot seat. All in all, both schools got two great coaches and both schools should see dividends right away.
Sarkisian previously stated earlier today that he didn’t interview for the USC job. Guess that was lie. On the positive side, this is a fantastic hire for the school. Having previously coached there under former head coach peter caroll, Sarkisian knows all about the rich tradition and need to win at USC. Recruits should flock to the prestigious program with this hire. He made Washington a contender, imagine what he does with the resources USC has to offer.
Keys to victory for Minnesota Vikings
-Pound Adrian Peterson. The Redskins are ranked 22nd in run defense. Minnesota must take advantage and give the best player on the field the ball.
-Protect Christian Ponder. Vikings offensive line has been shaky all season. And thats being nice. With Orakpo and Kerrigan on the other side of the ball, the O line has to block well or Ponder will be on his back a lot tonight.
-Get Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson involved early. Quick screens, quick slants, etc.
-Stop Alfred Morris. Just like the O line being shaky, the defensive line for the Vikings has been up and down. They have to tackle well tonight.
-Contain the legs on RG3. Robert Griffin lll killed the Vikings last year with his legs. If they don’t play disciplined football, its going to be a long night.
Keys to victory for Washington Redskins
-Contain Adrian Peterson. Coming off of a 140 yard performance vs Dallas. Peterson is lookin to continue his hot hand. Linebackers for the Redskins must play excellent in the gaps.
-Let RG3 run. He has been at his best this year, when he‘s playing as a dual threat QB. Washington has a good chance to win if they turn Griffin loose.
-Run Alfred Morris. The Vikings cant stop the run this year. Morris should see plenty of opportunities for big plays. 20-25 touches is ideal tonight.
-Blitz Christian Ponder early and often. I think we all know by now, Ponder plays horrible when facing pressure. Rookie cornerback David Emerson and DeAngelo Hall might get a few picks tonight.
-Take advantage of Minnesota‘s injury plagued defense. Tight end Jordan Reed is going to be a matchup nightmare for the Vikings linebackers and safeties. He should see a lot of targets his way tonight.
PREDICTION: Vikings 28 Redskins 24