Vikings Display Offensive Balance

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 19, 2009 – 7:43 am

Football teams spend the 6 days they typically have between games trying to figure out 2 primary things. What’s the best way to attack our upcoming opponent? And how will our upcoming opponent try to attack us?

It boils down to devising a game plan and then being able to execute that game plan better than the opponent is executing its game plan. The more your opponent doesn’t know what you’re going to do ahead of time, the more your chances for success increase.

So far in 2009, it’s been pretty tough for the Vikings opponents to figure out what the Purple is going to do in any given week. Sure, the Vikings have RB Adrian Peterson, the best player in the game at his position. But they also have Brett Favre at QB, and he can hurt you, too.

Through 9 games this season, the Vikings have attempted 293 passes and scored 17 TDs through the air. And they’ve balanced that production out with a propensity to run the ball, too. The Vikings have 260 rushing attempts with 12 rushing TDs.

“I think the balance that we have here, or at least the threat of one or the other, is as good as any team I’ve been on,” Favre told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve been on some good teams. Just the threat of Adrian getting the ball and scoring every time, now he’s not going to do it, but it’s pretty great.

“We know we can throw it short. I’ve always done that, but now being able to throw the ball deep and having some success offers another dimension.”

When you break the previous 5 games down, the offensive balance is even more distinct:
Rush Att.-Yards                                 Pass Att.-Yards
31-152                   vs. Detroit               29-344
32-111                   at Green Bay           28-244
23-89                     at Pittsburgh          51-334
31-167                  vs. Baltimore          29-278
24-89                     at St. Louis              27-300


“I think each one of those games kind of takes on its own flavor,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said. “It’s nice to be able to do both, but for instance, going into the Pittsburgh game, you have to be able to adjust. It’s nice to be able to swing one way should it be necessary.

“Sometimes there are games where you come out and you like to throw ten passes in row, just to kind of back people away. It’s just nice to be able to be adept at both of those.”

At this point the Vikings rank 10th in the NFL in rushing and 12th in passing, which comes together and gives them a ranking of 7th among all teams in total offense. And the Vikings have been efficient, turning their 7th-ranked offense in terms of yards per game into the NFL’s 2nd-highest scoring team at 30.1 points per game, behind only the New Orleans Saints.

And ultimately, it’s the points per game statistic that really matters because that is what’s allowed the Vikings to win 8 of their first 9 games.

“I think the key to any good team, and I’m talking specifically about an offense, is, first of all, it’s about winning,” Favre said. “That’s the only thing that matters. We all get blinded by statistics and how they scored, how they won, all of those things. The bottom line is it’s about winning and winning only.”

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4 Responses to “Vikings Display Offensive Balance”

  1. By Viking Fan from Afar on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    Childress, Bevell, and Favre are doing a better job in the last two games because they are calling more running plays than pass plays, but it’s almost equal. The Vikings are starting to pass in running situations and run in passing situations. As long as you can make that work 50% or more of the time, you can really throw the opposing defense into confusion.

  2. By Vfan#1 on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    Interesting to note that the only game the vikings lost coincides with the least balanced run/pass ratio.

  3. By vikingsfan1955 on Nov 19, 2009 | Reply

    We are balanced on both sides of the ball and as soon as berrian gets it going we will be the most dangerous offense period and he will get it together.I always said as the yr goes on we would get better on offense and trust me all u haven’t seen the best of us yet.Rice has come on like gang busters and harvin scares defenses to death,Our tight end can catch with the best of them and is a dengerous red zone threat.Favre is capabile of winning anytime we are behind and in striking distance.ap and taylor are at their best and even though ap does fumble some he has improved there also.We are feared by all teams we face now.

  4. By rex on Nov 20, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings first Super Bowl win. That’s the only stat that matters.

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