The Minnesota Vikings are coming off their second victory of the season, but now they must face the daunting Seattle Seahawks this coming Sunday. The Seahawks have a 9-1 record and haven’t lost since Week 5 of the NFL season. The Vikings, however, will have a few favorable advantages on the field Sunday, which is why Brian Robison will be the team’s Week 11 MVP.
Robison has been playing well for the Vikings all season long, and I expect nothing to change as he goes up against an underwhelming Seahawks offensive line. Pro Football Focus ranks Seattle’s offensive line as the fifth worst pass blocking unit in the league, and one of the worst blockers they have is right tackle Michael Bowie. Robison will be lining up against Bowie throughout most of the game; therefore, you should expect to see the defensive end causing havoc in the backfield throughout the afternoon.
Robison has a league-leading 44 quarterback hurries this season, and is ranked by PFF as one of the best 4-3 defensive ends in the league. Robison is proving worthy of his new contract, and is helping teammate Jared Allen out at well. Robison does a great job pushing offensive linemen toward the quarterback causing the pocket to collapse, which has led to the majority of the five sacks Allen, and the Vikings, have this season.
Robison only has three sacks this season, his first as a full-time starter, but his presence has been felt more than any other defensive linemen the Vikings have, making him a likely candidate to replace Allen if the Vikings decide to not re-sign the aging veteran. This weekend provides Robison with another opportunity to face a struggling offensive line, and possibly add to his sack numbers even though he will be facing the athletic Russell Wilson.