Vikings held Julio Jones in check

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One of the top storylines heading into Sunday’s game between the Vikings and Falcons was the matchup between Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

Jones was coming off a 253-yard game against Tampa, but Rhodes had success in past meetings with the Falcons star that proved to be a sign of things to come. Jones caught two passes for 24 yards in a 14-9 Vikings win as Rhodes and company kept Atlanta from going to their top target for most of the afternoon.

“Like I said in all my interviews before, Julio can get his,” Rhodes said, via ESPN.com. “He’s going to get his catches, they’re going to try and feature him any possible way. We were just aware of it. I wasn’t on him all game. I was on him 90 percent of the game, but when I wasn’t, we still covered him.”

Safety Andrew Sendejo had a key breakup when Jones appeared to shake loose of the coverage and the secondary’s work against Jones had a ripple effect on the entire Falcons offense. Matt Ryan‘s 173 passing yards were his lowest in a game since 2013 and that kind of defensive performance is why the Vikings are now in posession of the top perch on NFC playoff ladder.

27 responses to “Vikings held Julio Jones in check

  1. “Matt Ryan‘s 173 passing yards were his lowest in a game since 2013 and that kind of defensive performance is why the Vikings are now in posession of the top perch on NFC playoff ladder.”

    The Rhodes were not just closed, the Falcon air assault was extremely limited against the Viking defense.

    The Falcons offense had been averaging 26.5 point per game – was held to only 3 FG’s for 9 points.

    Game was almost a duplicate of the Rams game – except this one was on the road for the Vikings.

    Back on the road next Sunday in Carolina.

  2. “that kind of defensive performance is why the Vikings are now in posession of the top perch on NFC playoff ladder.”

    Now wait a minute, we’ve been told by a certain fanbase that the only reason we were the top perch was because Aaron Rodgers is hurt .

  3. 13worldchampioinships says:

    Now wait a minute, we’ve been told by a certain fanbase that the only reason we were the top perch was because Aaron Rodgers is hurt .

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    Refresh my memory.

    Didn’t the mighty Aaron Rodgers get trounced by the Falcons?

    Not only this year, but wasn’t it Rodgers that got trounced in the playoffs and lost in the regular season to the Falcons last year also?

    Didn’t AR need OT to beat the Bungles?

    Hasn’t Rodgers lost 3 or his last 4 starts against the Vikings?

    Yeah, I think that Rodgers guy did.

  4. The Vikings look,really good and they’re exciting and the obvious NFC favorite.

    It’s a darn shame it’s all wasted on such insecure fight-picking fans. They should be enjoying this but they’re still more interested in the Packers than their own team.

    Rookies.

  5. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:02 am
    The Vikings look,really good and they’re exciting and the obvious NFC favorite.

    It’s a darn shame it’s all wasted on such insecure fight-picking fans. They should be enjoying this but they’re still more interested in the Packers than their own team.

    Rookies.

    ***************************

    Most of us are enjoying it. Unfortunately, there are a handful on this site who love to troll the Packers. Constantly. It’s boring.

    And, we’re not rookies to this. Just to playoff success. 🙂 Here’s hoping!

  6. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:02 am
    The Vikings look,really good and they’re exciting and the obvious NFC favorite.

    It’s a darn shame it’s all wasted on such insecure fight-picking fans. They should be enjoying this but they’re still more interested in the Packers than their own team.

    Rookies.
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    I’m sorry. We’ve been watching you great classy Packer fans pick fights with Viking fans and be obsessed with the Vikings for so long, we just assumed that’s what you’re supposed to do. We ask that you please bear with us as we learn your rules.

  7. History has shown that Rhodes and Zimmer know what to do to shut down Julio Jones. History has also shown that Zimmer knows how to shut down Cam Newton, so it will be interesting to see if this holds true again next week.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says:
    December 4, 2017 at 10:51 am
    History has shown that Rhodes and Zimmer know what to do to shut down Julio Jones. History has also shown that Zimmer knows how to shut down Cam Newton, so it will be interesting to see if this holds true again next week.
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    Don’t get too excited, young Vikings fan. History has also shown that we will find a new creative way to botch the NFC Championship. And if we can’t get that done, we’ll find a way in the Super Bowl. Start prepping your fallout shelter now. You’ll need enough food and water to survive until Spring. ’98, 00′ and ’09 were just gentle reminders of the 70s.

  9. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:02 am
    The Vikings look,really good and they’re exciting and the obvious NFC favorite.
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    Thanks Stella.
    But we all know what you and other packer fans are waiting to do.

    You told us 6 weeks ago that the Vikings will be called chokers by you.
    Have fun I guess.

  10. If you want to beat the Vikings you need to have a good game plan coming in and jump on them early. That is the only way. Zims adjustments in game after that are second to none. It’s a strange feeling to have a 5 point lead on the road in the 4th quarter against an elite offense and know you have control of the game.

  11. Vikings fans should be enjoying themselves — it’s been a nice year with surprises to the upside not the down. Been many moons since the Vikings have had that happen — I’m guessing the Favre year.

    That being said, after being a Viking fan for many years, I’m just wondering what new and exciting way they will come up with to shatter my dreams!

  12. deadspindeluxe says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:06 am
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    December 4, 2017 at 10:51 am
    History has shown that Rhodes and Zimmer know what to do to shut down Julio Jones. History has also shown that Zimmer knows how to shut down Cam Newton, so it will be interesting to see if this holds true again next week.
    ——————————————-

    Don’t get too excited, young Vikings fan. History has also shown that we will find a new creative way to botch the NFC Championship. And if we can’t get that done, we’ll find a way in the Super Bowl. Start prepping your fallout shelter now. You’ll need enough food and water to survive until Spring. ’98, 00′ and ’09 were just gentle reminders of the 70s.
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    I don’t think saying next week’s game will be interesting should be interpreted as getting too excited about what might happen in the playoffs. That’s Packer fan thinking. I’m well aware of the Vikings’ history, son. None of us should be looking beyond the next game.

  13. deadspindeluxe says:

    December 4, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Don’t get too excited, young Vikings fan. History has also shown that we will find a new creative way to botch the NFC Championship. And if we can’t get that done, we’ll find a way in the Super Bowl. Start prepping your fallout shelter now. You’ll need enough food and water to survive until Spring. ’98, 00′ and ’09 were just gentle reminders of the 70s.
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    What does this years team have to do with those other years? Not a single coach, player, owner. Hell, this isn’t even half the same team as last year. If it was, yesterday would have been a loss.

  14. As a long time Vikings fan I can’t help but feel like I need to wait for the other shoe to drop… I hope I am wrong but I have some carefully guarded optimism that this club is for real, regardless of the trolls. SKOL.

  15. The Vikings have a very good defense I worry about Kendricks health. But they are in pretty good shape as a unit at this point. I think the Falcons will bounce back TNF and beat the Saints.

  16. Such a fun team to watch. Atlanta punched the Vikings in the nose to start the game, but the Vikings adapted and won the game. It’s a great year – I am enjoying it thoroughly.

  17. I’m looking forward to next Sunday’s game. With Mike Remmers (OT-Vikings) and Greg Olsen (TE-Panthers) both listed as “questionable” but likely, it should prove to be a very good game. BTW… Vegas has the Vikings listed as 3 point favorites. I’m thinking… Vikings 21, Panthers 17.

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