The Vikings came away from Saturday night’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks with a 24-13 victory thanks to a 4th-quarter offensive surge that included a pair of TD drives led by QBs Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb. But being that it was the team’s 3rd preseason game, much of the post-game analysis is centered on assessing how the starting unit looked.
So let’s assess.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said it the best, telling reporters during his post-game press conference that his offense remains “in flux.”
“It’s no different than my answer to you the other day; it is still in flux,” Childress said. “There’s moving parts, there are parts that are still being added. Whether it’s the quarterback just getting here a couple of weeks ago, whether it’s (Greg) Camarillo just getting here or Percy (Harvin) coming back or that offensive line playing all-together. It’s still in flux. There’s still a lot of work to do.”
Taking into account Childress’ quote and the fact that Minnesota’s 1st-team offense tallied just 10 points in 2+ quarters, the assessment could justifiably be fairly negative. QB Brett Favre was 16 of 26 for 187 yards, but he had no TD passes, 2 INTs (one of which was a tipped pass) and a lost fumble.
But an objective assessment of the 1st-team’s performance also yields some positives. Although Childress also said during his press conference that he’d like the offense to be more explosive, Favre and Co. did register 5 explosive plays – 4 passes and 1 run (an explosive play is a run of 12+ yards and a reception of 16+ yards). The Vikings also converted their first 4 third-down tries, which enabled them to move the ball. The Vikings drove 34 yards in 3 plays on the 1st series, 65 yards on 16 plays on the 2nd series, 38 yards in 3 plays on the 3rd series and 66 yards on 13 plays in the 5th series. While the offense needs to convert those drives into more points, it’s still a positive sign that they were able to sustain drives and pick up big chunks of yardage.
“Yeah, we would have liked to score more,” Favre said after the game. “[We] turned the ball over. [There is] a lot of stuff on film that we can learn from. We obviously are not hitting on all cylinders yet, but overall I was pleased. I think I had 26 passes. I thought I threw the ball well for the most part.”
A few other positive signs included Adrian Peterson’s 24-yard TD dash, seeing WR Percy Harvin (2 rec. for 30 yards) back on the field and in a good mood after the game, Greg Camarillo contributing in big situations and Javon Walker’s acrobatic TD grab in the 2nd half.
So the 1st-team offense finished its work on Saturday night with mixed reviews. The main concerns going forward are shoring up the offensive line play, eliminating costly penalties and dropped passes and finding a way to get Peterson and the ground game going to keep opposing defenses off-balance.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Greg Camarillo, Percy Harvin
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