Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress had his usual day-after-the-game press conference with reporters on Monday, as he reviewed his team’s 33-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
As he reflected back on the game and the week of preparation leading up to the game, Childress said he was pleased with how his group prepared.
“I thought the coaches and players did a great job of game-planning that particular opponent,” Childress said. “I thought our guys did a great job preparation-wise for a team that’s heavy in the blitz. By and large that offensive line, tight ends, running backs, that whole group did a great job of keeping the quarterback fairly clean because it can be a confusing defense to block.”
Baltimore came into Sunday’s game as the 4th-ranked run defense but the Vikings were able to tally 167 yards rushing on 31 attempts, including a 143-yard effort from Adrian Peterson on 22 carries. QB Brett Favre also had an effective day, completing 21 of 29 pass attempts for 278 yards and 3 TDs.
The Vikings scored TDs on their opening 2 series and then held Baltimore scoreless until K Steven Hauschka split the uprights on a 29-yard try as time expired in the 2nd quarter. Although the Vikings weren’t able to muster any more points after their quick 14-0 start in the 1st quarter, Childress said from an offensive, defensive and special teams standpoint, Sunday’s 1st half was the best half of football the Vikings had registered all season.
The Ravens 2nd-half surge and then the Vikings subsequent comeback victory have been well-chronicled. And although Childress was pleased with his team’s preparation for the game, the 1st half performance and of course the 33-31 victory, he and his team know there are plenty of corrections to make as they prepare for another tough contest this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“And I guess that’s the thing that’s particularly gratifying; our group is never satisfied,” Childress said. “There’s a bunch of guys in there right now that are anxious to look at that tape if they haven’t already snuck a look at it; some of them can’t help themselves. But it’s (the locker room) filled with guys that want to get better.
“I just think they’ll continue to improve and I’m happy to be on the right side of that. It was a tremendous battle. It’s a pretty good offensive and defensive group there (in Baltimore) and good to win that football game. (We) have to put it in a box and move on to another good football game this week.”
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