“Last week’s win was one that I think we were definitely prepared for. They threw some little gadget stuff at us, but we responded the way we needed to. We expect every single team at some point in time in the game to throw something out at us that we haven’t seen. We handled that in the first quarter, where I thought we started a little slow. We responded well and I’m definitely proud of the defense for the way that we did. The offense did what they were supposed to do. They went down there and took care of business and scored a million, gazillion points, which is what we expect from them.
“Some of the adjustments that they made were that they ran a lot of reverses and just kind of dink-and-dunk things, screens, things that really weren’t big in their game plan. They were just throwing things off and running a lot of them. We weren’t really expecting that. We were expecting them to start downhill with their running game. I don’t know if they went away from that because of our interior play or because of our linebackers and how we filled and played throughout the preseason; but I think they thought they could use our speed against us and thought that we wouldn’t play sound football because we’re such a hustling team that likes to rally to the ball.
“They thought they could use that against us and they got us a couple of times, but it was a matter of taking care of business, sitting back and seeing what they wanted to do. We figured out their scheme and we handled it.
“The first home crowd was definitely very good. I can only imagine coming back and what that Monday Night game is going to be like. I look forward to it, but we have to take care of two back-to-back road games and really two important games, one starting with a divisional on the road opponent and then a Dallas team that squeaked by us last year.
“It’s going to be a good game at Minnesota. I think that they still feel they’ll be able to run on us and it’s something that we as a defense have to always be concerned with, especially with having one of the best backs in the NFL right now in Adrian Peterson. They also have Percy Harvin that’s mainly a wide receiver, but he’s also back there taking running back snaps, so it’s throwing a little wrench at us and it’s something that we’ll have to be prepared for. I think we had a great start to that today in our first practice.
“In my personal opinion these (divisional) games hold a little more value. First of all, you play them twice a year, but also because if you lose every single game, other than your divisional games, you’ll go to the playoffs. Those games in my eyes probably mean the most. Those are teams that you definitely want to take care of business.”
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