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Rice Stands Out Once Again

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 26, 2009 – 8:29 am

It seems like we’ve had a blog entry on this topic several times over the past few weeks, but each time it’s worth noting. WR Sidney Rice continues to standout and emerge for the Vikings, with his latest effort against the Steelers resulting in 11 receptions for 136 yards.

Rice is the team leader in receptions with 34 and receiving yards with 545. He is the 7th leading receiver in the NFL in terms of receiving yards and he’s averaging 16 yards per catch. Yesterday’s 136-yard effort marks back-to-back 100-yard weeks for the 3rd-year receiver.

Asked after the game about his continued emergence, Rice cited 2 main factors.

“Maturing first of all,” Rice said, “and bringing (QB Brett) Favre in has helped out a whole lot. Bringing a guy in who is comfortable in all of us receivers helps a lot.”

Rice is a great guy and is a tremendous teammate in the locker room. He is always quick to mention others, such as the offensive line and Favre, when asked about his recent success. I would also submit that Rice’s position coach, George Stewart, has been vital in Rice’s development from a young, raw 2nd round pick in 2007 to the emerging talent that he’s become.

On top of the sheer impressive numbers that Rice is putting up, it’s important to note the magnitude of the plays that Rice is making. He’s not accumulating a bunch of catches and yards in garbage time or unimportant situations.

The 6-4 WR caught a 34-yarder on 4th and 1, a 17-yarder on 3rd and 4 and a 25-yarder on 3rd and 18. Those 3 plays came at crucial points in the game and were a main reason the Vikings were able to position themselves for a win at Heinz Field. Also consider that Rice had a TD nullified by a tripping penalty and another 35-yard reception taken away because of a holding penalty.

When the Vikings selected Rice back in the 2007 draft, they took on criticism for selecting the former South Carolina Gamecock over Dwayne Jarrett, the record-setting WR from Southern Cal. Rice was just 20 years old and didn’t have the production Jarrett had at a better program.

Right now, the Vikings aren’t fielding criticism for having Rice, while Jarrett continues to sit on the bench for a struggling 2-4 squad in Carolina.


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14 Responses to “Rice Stands Out Once Again”

  1. By Ricky on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    I want the Vikings to win again. My mom and dad, Donny and Laura like the Vikings and so do Tara and Ashley, Jeff and Dawn. Tell coach Childress I want the Vikings to win again.

    Ricky

  2. By ibleedpurple on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    Ricky,

    WE WILL!

  3. By Steve Nicholson on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    All of the football fans in S.C. are extremely proud of Sidney Rice. As for those of us in Gaffney,S.C. we knew it all along Keep it up, Sidney! Go Indians!!!

  4. By RamessesII on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    We’d have beaten the Steelers if the refs hadn’t stolen the game from us, with that terrible “tripping” call in the fourth quarter. That call, alone, created a 14-point swing. And, that late interception, credited, of course, to Brett, was NOT his fault. If the receivers could just hang onto the pigskin….

  5. By PackCat on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    Favre performs more magic.. but protection, receiving corps were not on same page. Make offense practice tackling if not blocking.

    Is there some unwritten rule that the offense gives up on turnovers? I saw the same in the Saints/Dolphins game. Make the entire offense trade places with the defense during practice this week… If they cannot tackle, they canot play.

    IF they can’t block and provide protection in the pocket, or catch the the ball when driving for the win late in games, at least be able to tackle and not let the other team rumble 70 yards with a turnover for a TD. (Twice in the same Quarter)

    Again, Favre had an excellent chance to win the game, but I would start to question the heart and soul of some of the slackers on this team who are not giving a full 60 minutes. I’m sure the press and haters will rip Favre apart this week, but he and Rice along with Peterson seem to be the only players that had the confidence to try to win. Everyone else just gave up.

    Once again BB gave his Randy Moss impersonation, and only shows up when BB feels like it. Time for more stick’em drills.

    BELIEVE in Favre… he will take you to the promised land, BUT you gotta participate!

  6. By rap99 on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    the one thing i’ve learned so far this season, besides how good favre is, is how terrible our QB’s have been over the last several seasons. what a pleasure it is to have a QB that can win games for us. i just hope favre stays to play next season, because if he leaves and we go back to TJ, it will be the same s-h-i-t all over again, after seeing a real QB in action, i can’t go through that again. this was a game we should have won. regroup and lets beat green bay. go brett, GO VIKES!!

  7. By vikingjack on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    rices energence is a joy to behold…im sure brett is happy to have such a tall wr as well……as to the pittsburg game..well thats the breaks…..t i didnt see any of our players being lazy as others have implied… the vikes played well and i am proud to be a viking fan..and as to injurys..i am sure bernard berrian was hurt …and not faking it……GO VIKINGS

  8. By vikescot on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    I am really trying to figure out why the refs are so bad at calling games on the VIKES esp. in critical situations…..They give PITT. a 1st down on totally bogess call of DEF. player movement… well heck Pitt was trying tto induce off. lineman movement all day long w/ constant def. moving and trying to get off. line to flinch….I think they call that “encroachment” in the neutral zone…I was not aware that def lineman could make a off. lineman flinch if not moving upfield into the player as well as being in the neutral zone and have it be a penalty!!!!!!! Well none of the announcers agreed w/ that penalty either…Bad call on supposed hold when off. lineman took def to the ground as was agreed by Siragusa…..The play of supposed tripping, even Tony Dungy said it was a legal block…….Childress had to throw the red flag to get right call on Rice’s GREAT catch !!!!!!!Looked to me like “suacer” was mugged in end zone b4 ball got to him in the end zone and we had to settle for field goal!!!!!! MIKE how does a team over come those and still win when we all know just how hard it is to execute an off. play to begin with…….The players played hard and should have won that game!!!!! I did have one issue though and that has to do w/ BIG BEN fumble in 4th and DEF. lineman for Vikes I believe it was Edwards looked like he tried to scoop ball out of bounds ????Fall on it !!!can anyone clarify these thoughts for me and again I say the team played hard and were denied a victory by biased calls by the refs!!!!!

  9. By izzy on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    F the refs. Pit has the record they have at home because those refs are playing with the game. Look at their history in Hinez field. Seriously does the NFL send none biased refs there ever? Can a head coach and owner take tape and show it to roger goodell to prove this fact? Its not just one game its the last 5 years there. Goodell seems to like to get into everyone’s business so much drag him into this.

  10. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you all any more about the refs. Personally, I was celebrating when Percy took the extra time on his Kick Return for the TD to maneuver his blocker directly into the ref. Too bad they didn’t get the message.

  11. By purple08 on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    yaaaaay brett! you are my hero! enough already. he is having a career year. that’s because he is playing with the best running back of all time and the most talented team he has ever been on. let’s not start sucking brett’s d i c k just yet. this is AP’s team and don’t forget it.

  12. By sean on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    i love how the guys on espn were saying that just bc of the way he flaired his legs out on that CUT block that its good that the refs called the penalty thats like having someone think about robbing a bank but not doing it and arresting them anyway… Favre had a heck of a game and AD prolly had the biggest hit in the week!!!

  13. By rap99 on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    PURPLE08, give favre the credit he deserves, none of the other QB”s did s-h-i-t with AD or the talent on this team! i don’t believe i was sucking anything. reading all your posts i have to guess you don’t know much about the game, maybe you will learn in time.

  14. By vikescot on Oct 28, 2009 | Reply

    I agree w/ U IZZY!!!!!! Great idea we should all do that Bombard GOODELL’s ofc w/ video PROOF of all the biased calls in PITT. and send w/ it the Hail Mary NO CALL vs. Dallas as a little reminder of HOW PATHETIC these calls are!!!!!!! Its almost like the refs needed Steelers to beat spread!!!!! The Vikes are playing against 13-14 players….I bet the league looks at discipling or fining Dugan for that ref Blast……Its almost like the ref was trying to pick Dugan so Steeler could get angle on Harvin….Ha Ha it sure was a monster pop!!!! I wonder what his status is????? Somebody who has knowledge of BIASED calls UPLOAD a link w/ bad calls and we can all go to link and download then send to Goodell !!!! I Z Z Y., Do u know how to get a hold of them?????

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