Kevin Williams And Pat Williams Suspended, Will Miss Remainder Of The Season For The Minnesota Vikings

The Williams Wall Is Torn Down, Due To Suspensions Over Water Pills. There Go The Vikings' Playoff Chances

12/2/08 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect


The NFL handed out several suspensions today, including the Vikings' star defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams, who are the main run stoppers in the Minnesota defense. Other suspended players include RB Deuce McAllister and defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith from the Saints, and Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman.

Although the Saints lost 3 players to suspension, The Vikings suffered the biggest loss, however, as Kevin and Pat Williams were going to be instrumental to the Vikings if they were to make the playoffs. The suspensions will likely be 4 games, since that's what was brought down on Saints guard Jamar Nesbit, who was nailed for the same thing. That will take them to the end of the season.

The keys to the Vikings' success this year have been running the ball and stopping the run. They have the 2nd best run defense in football, and the aptly nicknamed Williams Wall has been a huge part of that. Without their two big linemen, they will lose a lot of their defensive potency. With a slim 1-game lead over the Chicago Bears, the Vikings suddenly went from the favorites in the NFC North to playoff longshots.

The Vikings'  next two games are against the Lions and Cardinals, so the threat of the opposing running game is minimal anyway. However, the loss of the pass rush provided by the Williams' could allow Kurt Warner some extra time to torch their secondary with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.

Their final two games, however, are against the Falcons and the Giants. Falcons RB Michael Turner and Giants RB Brandon Jacobs are 3rd and 9th in the league in rushing, respectively. Those games could get out of hand quickly if the Vikings aren't able to contain the rush, and without Pat and Kevin Williams, that job will me a lot harder.
 

Source: (www.sportsline.com)
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12/3/08   |   donm454   |   20 respect

rainking172 wrote:
What are you talking about?  This is the Lions best shot at winning a game for the rest of the season.  It's impossible to go 0-16.  Eventually they'll get a win, and the Vikings are it.  Especially without their two star DTs.

Vikings could be missing their entire O-Line and AP would still run all over them.

12/3/08   |   chicachericola   |   2 respect

rainking172 wrote:
What are you talking about?  This is the Lions best shot at winning a game for the rest of the season.  It's impossible to go 0-16.  Eventually they'll get a win, and the Vikings are it.  Especially without their two star DTs.

What drugs are you taking and where can I get some?

12/3/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

MrNFL wrote:
Apparently the people of FanIQ don't understand the concept of sarcasm.  Lighten up people.

Apparently you're missing the non-sarcasm from another member, not named you...

See: Post #11.

12/3/08   |   bayareabeast21   |   350 respect

 Far from impossible to go 0-16. So many tough teams in the NFL, and even the sorry teams can show up on any given day.

If your team is garbage enough (Lions) 0-16 is within reach. For Lions, they don't seem to have any pride. They better come out that last game of the season playing like they are fighting for their lives or else its onto the record books for eternity.

12/3/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

MrNFL wrote:
The Lions have a chance!

Apparently the people of FanIQ don't understand the concept of sarcasm.  Lighten up people.

12/3/08   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

rainking172 wrote:
What are you talking about?  This is the Lions best shot at winning a game for the rest of the season.  It's impossible to go 0-16.  Eventually they'll get a win, and the Vikings are it.  Especially without their two star DTs.

Question #1: Who's going to run through the hole created by the absence of Kevin and Pat Williams? Detroit's best rusher averages just over 50 yards per game.

Question #2: Who's going to stop Adrian Peterson?

12/3/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

rainking172 wrote:
What are you talking about?  This is the Lions best shot at winning a game for the rest of the season.  It's impossible to go 0-16.  Eventually they'll get a win, and the Vikings are it.  Especially without their two star DTs.

Oh you poor, poor, misguided soul...

12/3/08   |   rainking172

wrote:
Nope the Vikings will take a dose of "Lions" this weekend and be cured.  Not feeling well? Take "Lions" the remedy for any teams problems.

What are you talking about?  This is the Lions best shot at winning a game for the rest of the season.  It's impossible to go 0-16.  Eventually they'll get a win, and the Vikings are it.  Especially without their two star DTs.

12/3/08   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

kantwistaye wrote:

The Vikings will probably go 1-3 over the last four games unless the Giants rest everyone in week 17.  That means the Bears have to go 3-1 or the Packers have to go 4-0 (ha!) to take the division from them.  Its still possible that the Vikes could win the NFC North, which is quite pathetic.

I agree.  It might be ugly for the Vikings, but they'll probably squeak by. 

12/3/08   |   donm454   |   20 respect

They should still win the division.  The Packers are awful, the Bears aren't any good and they still have AP.

12/3/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

BestofChicago wrote:
i got two names for you

Adrian Peterson
Jared Allen

Yeah, that's if Allen doesn't get popped for his 87th DUI.

12/3/08   |   BestofChicago   |   51 respect

i got two names for you

Adrian Peterson
Jared Allen

12/3/08   |   Big_Sur_Tahoe

Just turn up the juice on The Mullet and the Vikes will be fine!

12/2/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

I thought before the suspension they would go 1-3, 2-2 at the very best...now it's almost certain it's 1-3.

But as Mike said above, that game on Sunday against Chicago proves to be the most important game of any, and because of that win, they are beyond the drivers seat, and in no way a long shot to make the playoffs.

12/2/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

The Lions have a chance!

12/2/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

The Vikings will probably go 1-3 over the last four games unless the Giants rest everyone in week 17.  That means the Bears have to go 3-1 or the Packers have to go 4-0 (ha!) to take the division from them.  Its still possible that the Vikes could win the NFC North, which is quite pathetic.

12/2/08   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Seriously...I am supposed to believe they were takinga  weight-loss pill?  Anyways..people should run all over Minnesota