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2009 Bringing Better Beginnings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 9, 2009 – 5:07 pm

The Vikings are 4-0 and off to their best start since the 2003 season, when they won their first 6 games.

But you don’t need to go back to the ’03 season to appreciate just how well the Vikings have begun the 2009 season. All you need to do is compare some key statistics through the first quarter of the 2009 season to those same stats through the first 4 games of 2008.

The Vikings were 1-3 after a quartet of games last year, and they were -2 in turnover ratio. This year, the Vikings 4 wins have come while the team has managed a +5 turnover margin. Only 3 teams have a better turnover ratio, and 2 of them are also 4-0.

Turnovers end drives, but there are a couple of other notorious drive killers – penalties and sacks. And in what shouldn’t be a surprise, the Vikings are better in both of those areas, too. Through 4 games in 2008, the Vikings had allowed 10 sacks and were penalized 27 times. So far this year, the Vikings have been penalized 8 fewer times and have allowed 1 less sack; in addition, they’ve sacked opposing QBs 16 times this year, compared to just 7 sacks at this time last year.

Finally, it’s important to point out that the Vikings have 8 TD passes through 4 games this year, compared to just 2 TD passes at this time last year. Yes, the Vikings bread and butter is the run game. And it’ll continue to be that way. But the NFL is a passing league and being able to pick yards up and score TDs through the air is vital.

All of these stats provide encouraging signs for the Vikings as they prepare to begin the 2nd quarter of the season. But the road does not get easier from here on out. The Vikings start this quarter of the season on the road, playing a team with a coaching staff that knows the Vikings staff quite well. Also, Steven Jackson scored 4 total TDs against the Vikings and ran for 142 yards against the Purple the last time these 2 teams met (Week 17 of 2006).

Also making life more difficult for the Vikings during the next month will be 3 road games in 4 weeks, including games at Pittsburgh and Green Bay. The Vikings haven’t won at Lambeau during head coach Brad Childress’ tenure and playing at Pittsburgh is about as tough as it gets on the road. And that 1 home game – it’s against Baltimore, a team that made it to the AFC Championship game a year ago and will come into Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome with a solid record.


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7 Responses to “2009 Bringing Better Beginnings”

  1. By rodney on Oct 9, 2009 | Reply

    can we please get chris carter back for the super bowl..one more well needed weapon..

  2. By BREMER on Oct 10, 2009 | Reply

    Rest Bret Farve one series of downs useing Traveris Jackson. Sage R. Two downs only. Ideas to Inventions. Poetry of Woodstrike, others. Always learning. Maybe some Politicians happily discouraged at halftime exit to pickup discarded needles, litter, garbage and trash of our lakes shores/ LAKES don’t have BEACHES. Some weeds is waterpumps, we’ll one day once mow the Hiawatha PARK. Trajectory and Glue 1809-2767-2641!!

  3. By Brownicus on Oct 10, 2009 | Reply

    ^ What? lol
    I wouldn’t surprised though if the Vikes took Favre out of the game early if the vikes have a big lead.

  4. By PAVikesFan on Oct 10, 2009 | Reply

    Yes, if they do have a big lead, then I would take out Favre and AP, IF they have a big lead, and if it’s in the 4th qtr. We need AP to be fresh down the stretch.

  5. By Astrobasego on Oct 10, 2009 | Reply

    True… I want the Vikes to win it all as much as anyone. We’ll probably start to see some teams loosen up on our man AP… Favre is making our pass game respectable for the first time in years, and our pass blocking is insane. Hopefully our run blocking gets up to par and AP can begin to show us them demon legs again!

  6. By purple08 on Oct 11, 2009 | Reply

    let’s not be thinking about a big lead and taking favre out just yet people. let’s just win the game first. don’t forget it is a short week for us after monday night which is always tough and we cannot make the mistake of looking past this game. this is a tricky game and we can’t take the rams too lightly.

  7. By TheGreatPurpleOne on Oct 11, 2009 | Reply

    I agree lets just win this game and talk about the next one next week.

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