Harvin Set Up For Big Game?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 6, 2009 – 2:55 pm

The Arizona Cardinals don’t stack up well on defense in terms of statistical rankings. But they have talented individual players and they also play well on defense in 2 significant areas – 3rd down situations and red zone situations.

The Cardinals rank 3rd in the NFL in 3rd down conversion percentage and they’re tied for 9th in the league in terms of opponents TD% in the red zone.

But the Vikings might have a special weapon to use against Arizona in these scenarios – rookie WR Percy Harvin.

Harvin has been a productive receiver for the Vikings this season – he’s 2nd on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs. Just as important as his production, however, has been the timing of his production.

Harvin has 11 rushes on the season for 91 yards; 5 of those 11 rushes have resulted in 1st downs. Of his 42 receptions, 32 of them have resulted in 1st downs and 19 of his 32 1st-down receptions have come on either 3rd down or 4th down.

So, when the Vikings are in a pinch of 3rd or 4th down, or when they’ve entered the red zone, watch for QB Brett Favre to target #12.

*Note: Harvin needs 395 combined yards to surpass RB Adrian Peterson’s record-setting 2,021 combined yards in 2007. Harvin is currently in 2nd place in Vikings history for combined yards (rushing, receiving, kick returns, punt returns) as a rookie with 1,617.

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7 Responses to “Harvin Set Up For Big Game?”

  1. By purple08 on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    anyone see the washington fieldgoal kicker miss a kick from the 1 yard line? Skins blew it for us! Might cost us homefield advantage. Unbelievable. Saints were exposed bigtime!!They were sooo lucky to win. They did have a few injuries though but they are very beatable. Let’s thump the Cardinals today! If we win today we should move up to #2 in the power rankings.

  2. By david j. maneti on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    whether or not we get home field or not….i still think we can be the saints and we have had a much tougher schedule.

  3. By John Montag on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with purple08 on the Redskins performance. It was quite the joke that they blew that one. With our pass rush dominance I think we will have the Saints ticket. If we don’t get home field advantage, I hope the saints do. As long as Favre is in a dome and not out in the cold, we are going to be golden in the playoffs. As long as we don’t have stupid turnovers like the Steelers game, we are going to be the team to beat!!

  4. By Jason on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    Ugh… just came from and Saints fans won’t shut up… They have 1 good season and now they are the best team in NFL history? The Saints are the 98 Vikes all over again, and the Vikes are the Cowboys of the 90s. Mark my words.

  5. By rap99 on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    can’t believe the redskins blew that game. they will not go unbeaten! we must win tonight to keep pressure on them. if we play our game, no stupid mistakes, we should win. GO VIKES!!SKOL!!

  6. By purple08 on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    Well so much for that. Vikes blew it tonight and took some big injuries as well. Gonna be tougher now!

  7. By fullmonte60 on Dec 7, 2009 | Reply

    Why are we so infatuated with passing? We need to establish the running game this time of year. We certainly have the talent. Ball control, ball control, ball control.

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