EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Facing a humbled team with a wounded offensive line, the Minnesota Vikings have seen this script before.
Outsiders would expect Minnesota's pass rushers to be licking their chops in an anticipated matchup with the Green Bay Packers' beleaguered offensive line in Sunday's game at Green Bay. After all, the Vikings are known as one of the league's top pass-rushing teams and are facing a Packers' line that allowed five sacks in a loss to the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football last weekend.
Not so fast, says Minnesota. It was the same scenario Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and his teammates faced against the Chicago Bears last week.
"I mean, come on," Allen said Thursday. "Monday Night Football and you get embarrassed like that, you know what's going to happen. You get max protection. And we chose to max cover, and tried to cover (receiver Brandon Marshall)."
Allen and the Vikings expect similar concessions will be made by Green Bay for Sunday's game. A...