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Vikings-Falcons matchup of the day: Wednesday

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By Christian West

Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's Vikings-Falcons game.

Vikings wide receivers vs. Falcons cornerbacks

One of the biggest issues that emerged in the Vikings' loss to the Raiders Sunday was the inability of their wide receivers to separate from tight man coverage. Outside of Percy Harvin, there is no one in the group that scares the defense. It's part of the reason that Christian Ponder forced some passes into traffic. The most troubling part is that the Raiders' secondary isn't strong, especially considering they started Lito Sheppard, whom they signed off the street at the beginning of the month.

The receivers have a much stiffer test lining up against Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson this week. Grimes emerged as a very good player toward the end of last season, and though his play has leveled off this season, he's still a solid corner. Robinson hasn't lived up the giant contract that he signed a couple of years ago, but he is still solid and made his first pick of 2011 last week against Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck.

The Vikings' receivers, in particular Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, need to step up their play this week and give Ponder some lanes to throw through. Against a pair of corners with good ball skills, not getting the requisite separation could lead to costly turnovers.

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