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Vikings Vs. Chiefs: Looking At The Other Defensive End

We've already talked about one offensive player on the Minnesota Vikings that the Kansas City Chiefs should keep an eye on so now it's time to turn to the other side of the ball.

When we say keep an eye on the Vikings defensive end, most are people thinking of DE Jared Allen. That would be correct -- the Chiefs need to stop him.

But the guy lining up opposite of him at defensive end for the Vikings is pretty good too -- DE Brian Robinson. We talked with SB Nation's Daily Norseman who tells us not to sleep on him.

I'm fairly certain you guys are familiar with Jared Allen, right? What you might not know is that Vikings have not one but two speed-rushers with crazy hair at the defensive end position. The Vikings weren't too concerned about letting Ray Edwards leave to Atlanta in the offseason because they knew that had a solid starter just waiting for his opportunity.

Brian Robison has taken advantage of being Allen's bookend, recording 2.5 sacks so far this year and creating a lot of pressure. If the Vikings want to record their first win on Sunday, Robison will need to have another big game. This holds especially true in the second half, where the pass rush and results have both gone south during the first three games.    

Sorta like Tamba Hali took advantage of being with Jared Allen, and quickly saw his stats drop in the first year without him. (Don't worry, we later found out this Hali guy isn't too bad.)

Allen will be matched up with OT Brandon Albert, who says he's ready for the former Chief. The question is: Will the Chiefs be ready to stop the guy on the other side of the line?

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