Before we move on to Week 2 and the Vikings-Lions matchup, here are a few final notes on the Vikings 34-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday…
– The Vikings defense held Cleveland’s top 2 WRs – Braylon Edwards and Josh Cribbs – to a combined 3 receptions for 22 yards. A matchup with Detroit’s Calvin Johnson is on the horizon, so it was good to see the Vikings secondary playing well and the front 7 putting pressure on the QB.
– Adrian Peterson’s sensational 64-yard TD run put an exclamation point on Sunday’s victory. According to this article, Peterson rated his effort on that individual play as his best ever.
– The Vikings had 2 players along the offensive line make their first NFL regular season starts – RT Phil Loadholt and C John Sullivan – and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said they both played “particularly well.” Going up against 3-time Pro Bowler DT Shaun Rogers made Sullivan’s debut even more important for the Vikings on Sunday. Childress said he was pleased with the communication the young linemen had with coaches in between offensive series.
“I thought both of those young offensive linemen, they can come and tell you what they saw and then when you look at the pictures and you see the tape, it is what they saw,” Childress explained. “So there was great clarity (and) there was great communication in the offensive line.”
– Peterson stole the show with his 180-yard, 3-TD effort, but rookie WR Percy Harvin had a terrific debut, even catching a 6-yard TD pass from Brett Favre that essentially sealed the Vikings victory. All told when the game was over, Harvin’s impact was distinct – he had 8 touches for 157 yards and 1 TD.
“Well you know he had the one drop on the bubble (screen) which you would love to have back because he could have gotten in some clear air there,” Childress said. “But I think for what we asked him to do he handled it very well. Handled the return chores and was productive with it. Was in the right spot most of the time in the throw game, did have that one drop. He blocked extremely well down the field.”
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