Vikings Cap Preseason With 31-24 Victory Over Broncos

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 2, 2010 – 10:19 pm

The Vikings completed their 50th preseason in franchise history by bucking the Denver Broncos 31-24 at Mall of America Field on Thursday evening. The win moves Minnesota’s record in the 2010 exhibition season to 3-1 and gives the franchise its 39th .500 or better finish in the preseason.

Being that it was the 4th and final preseason game, the Vikings rested all but 2 of their presumed Week 1 starters and the Broncos trotted out their 1st-teamers for just a few series in the 1st half. But what the game lacked in the luster of starting lineups it more than made up for in excitement, as the 2 teams combined for 56 points, 682 net yards of offense, 40 first downs, 6 turnovers, 1 defensive TD and 1 goal line stand. Former Broncos and current Vikings WR Javon Walker also got in on the action with a 4th-quarter 63-yard TD reception from rookie QB Joe Webb.

Denver got out to a 7-0 lead when LenDale White bullied his way into the endzone for a 2-yard score midway through the 1st quarter. But the Vikings scored the next 17 points and took a 17-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Vikings 1st TD came on Denver QB Tim Tebow’s 1ts snap, when LB Erin Henderson scooped up a mishandled snap and sprinted 35 yards for the score.

Henderson was perhaps the star of the game and led the Vikings with 9 tackles. He also had 1.0 sack, 1 tackle for a loss and a pair of fumble recoveries. Fellow LB Jasper Brinkley was 2nd on the team with 7 tackles while both S Tyrell Johnson and CB Marcus Sherels also tallied sacks. Johnson also hauled in an INT off of Tebow on the possession following the mishandled snap.

In addition to Walker’s long score in the 4th quarter, the Vikings other offensive TDs were scored by RBs Ian Johnson and Albert Young. Young got his in the 2nd quarter following a fumble recovery by Henderson to give the Vikings their 17-7 halftime lead. The Broncos struck 1st in the 2nd half with a 39-yard TD toss from Tebow to WR Matthew Willis and then Johnson scored his TD in the 3rd quarter to extend the Vikings lead to 24-14.

The Vikings and Broncos exchanged TDs in the 4th quarter, with Denver QB Brady Quinn hitting WR Alric Arnett for a 14-yard score early in the period and then Webb answering on the next possession with his long toss to Walker, making the score 31-21 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Denver added a late FG and then recovered a fumble, which allowed them to threaten tying the game in the final minute. But the Vikings defense held Denver out of the endzone to preserve a win in the team’s preseason finale.

Vikings QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels were unremarkable, combining to go 3 of 12 for 12 yards. But Webb infused some excitement during the 2nd half, going 5 of 9 for 100 yards and 1 TD while also taking off on 4 rushes and gaining 48 yards, including an impressive 41-yard dash in his 1st series that eventually set up Johnson’s 4-yard TD score.

For the Broncos, Tebow and former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher WR Eric Decker stood out. Tebow finished the game going 12 of 16 for 167 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and 1 lost fumble; Tebow also had 4 rushes for 21 yards. Decker was the game’s leading receiver with 10 receptions and 114 receiving yards, running around the Mall of America Field as he did during his college career.

With the exhibition season now behind both teams, the next step is to whittle rosters down to the 53-man limit from the current limit of 75. Expect the Vikings to announce their roster at some point on  Saturday. Then the team will turn its undivided attention to the season opener, which will be played in New Orleans against the Saints on Thursday, September 9.

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26 Responses to “Vikings Cap Preseason With 31-24 Victory Over Broncos”

  1. By Woodboat on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    “Vikings QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels were unremarkable”

    This statement says it all.

  2. By jimbo92107 on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    Once again, the only QB that didn’t perform well was Tarvaris Jackson. It would be different if he looked like he had improved, but TJ still stares down his receiver (a great way to get intercepted or the receiver injured), still doesn’t do good progressions, still doesn’t read defenses, still runs like a scared rabbit… He’s just not going to be a first-rate quarterback.

    In stark contrast, Joe Webb, a rookie who knows just a handful of plays, looks completely calm and under control in the pocket, like a guy jostling for a seat on a subway train. Even on the interception, his throw was under control. If the coaches teach him to pump-fake and toss that pass over the CB’s head, Webb will become a master of the pump fake by half way through the season. Raw? Absolutely. But Joe Webb has the potential to be a superstar quarterback. Tarvaris, sadly, will always be a backup.

  3. By kw on Sep 2, 2010 | Reply

    get rid of jackson….NOW

  4. By rocksalt on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    ya hear that childress? GET RID OF TJACK!

  5. By arahn on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I’ll say the obvious: the defense carried the team! I really hope we can pick-up a couple of good trades on O-line. I’m willing to bet Favre would love it if Webb could play TE just this year –he would make the winning difference in the tough games.

  6. By Jocko on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings NEED to go after DARRELLE REVIS. make the trade it will give us a superbowl

  7. By Malte on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I like how everybody when we drafted Joe Webb, said “Why didn’t you draft tony pike, why this no name guy?” guess all you doubters now will hold your mouth shut. I said all along that we drafted the best atlethe in the game, and he have shown that a couple of times.. great guy nice pick

  8. By Ed on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I dont care if Webb plays WR, TE, Tailback, wildcat, or all of the above plus special teams. HE could be our Desmond Howard and help us win a superbowl. Unfortunately, i dont think our coaches will do anything but let him wear a baseball cap this year as they suppossedly plan for the future. In the NFL the future is NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By Aaron on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    I wonder what chance S Colt Anderson has??? Considering he is a ball hawk and all over the place… I can’t tell from the video of the fumble inside the 10, but he either created it or would be credited with a 1/2 FF like a 1/2 sack so to speak…

  10. By Vikefan on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    The only positives to this game was our defense and the potential of Joe Webb. That kid is strong and smart. He would be great running those trick play from under center. He could run and or pass. What an opportunity. However, realisticly please keep him on the practice squad, so he can learn from the master, Brett Farve.

  11. By vikesfan10 on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    dont put webb on the practice he will never clear waivers childress cut your loss and cut tjack please he looks worse then he did last year and webb looks solid yes he threw a int but thats all part of the learning process he threw a td in every game he played besides one and in that one he ran for a 48 yrd td pure talent childress dont try to sneek him cut tjack

  12. By bucfan99 on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, get rid of TJack. He’s worse than almost any backup in the NFL, including a couple of raw rookies! Sage for backup this year! And keep Webb, as a wide receiver, tight end, punt returner, whatever, if not a QB. It looks as if he has potential, which TJack does not.

  13. By njvikesfan on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    open letter to mr wilf…pls fire chilly immediately if he keeps tj or sr over webb..also fire him later if he keeps webb but neglects to use him in some package of plays that harness his talents..
    …then just fire him after the season anyway, as #4 is self-coached and a winner and once hes gone, we need a real coach (cowher?)

  14. By SAINTS#1 on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Save time for everyone. Start crying now. I loved all the comments about how great the Viks played in the NFC Championship game. Get ready for another SPECIAL year, do you really think the old man makes the year injury free? Saints 37 Viks 17

    P.S. Pack will win the NFC North

  15. By njvikesfan on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    confidence is high…saints avg D will be exposed (again)..all we need to do is hold on to the ball and saints have no chance

  16. By NFL's Gift to Saints on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Saints #1

    Any team that needs overtime to beat another team that turns the ball over
    5 times is pretty lousy in my mind not to mention a phantom pass interference
    call on John Leber. Hmmm seems it bit strange to me and of course Manning’s
    gift interception. Remember…you are watching entertainment and entertainment
    can be manipulated exactly the way the governing bodies see fit.

    31-17 vikings with Vikings just physically abusing your ball club. The Packers
    Defense is awful

  17. By brad on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Saints hada little luck and very little skill on their side last year. So with that said, good luck chewing on your words douche

  18. By Woodboat on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Malte, I for one won’t be holding my mouth shut on webb. He has looked good against 3rd stringers, I’ll grant you that. So did Jackson when he first started, running down the field like a poor mans Michael Vick. “He’s raw, but look at that arm strength, look how he moves.”

    Now I’m not saying that Webb doesn’t have more potential than Jackson, because he probably does. I’m just saying lets not get all excited and annoint him our QB of the future just yet. If we’d like to see him have a shot at that position, please do NOT put him in at TE or some such. Once he makes the switch, kiss QBing goodbye. Speaking of which, why would any of you want to see him at TE when we already have Shank at that position? Do you honestly think he’d beat out shank for the job?

    I agree, get rid of Jackson. Problem is, Childress won’t give him up as long as he’d not the obvious 4th best on the team, and maybe not even then. Tavaris is Childress’ pet project, and giving p on the kid means Chillie failed. Not going to happen.

  19. By SAINTS#1 on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Come on Brad, you’re talking to a Saints fan. Down here if we have to eat our words, no problem. Season it, fry it up and antyhing taste good. I really think next Thursday’s game is going to be another classic.

  20. By badgerleigh on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    You people who are blowing the Joe Webb horn, need to remember. This was PREseason. Games do not count and he is playing against guys who won’t even be in the leauge after Sat. Vikings wouldn’t win a game during the regular season with Webb under center.

  21. By SAINTS#1 on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    NFL’s Gift to Saints – Which is the lousy team ? The one who turned it over 5 times or the team the created 5 turn overs?

  22. By vikesfan fromny on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Can anyone tell me why the vikes are so hyped about a quarterback that can run but isn’t efficient in passing. Both Tavaris and Webb are athletes but neither has shown me anything to think a good defense which is most of the NFL can’t confuse them. Keep Brett and Sage and keep either Jackson or Webb, we don’t need two of the same mold backing up Brett, who is going to be crushed by defenses unless the vikes get a third down back that can block ( I miss you Chester)! I say keep Webb only because he still has youth, Tavaris has been there too long to do so little, and don’t tell me how good he practices.

  23. By Canadian vikes fan on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    Saints fan, why don’t the Saints come into the Metrodome and turn the ball over 5 times and see what the score is. The fact that the Saints couldn’t bury a team turning the ball over 5 times at YOUR stadium no less and still needed questionable calls in overtime to finally win, I don’t think you should be on here smack talking you should be thanking your lucky stars

  24. By arahn on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    If you can’t watch the game from last year and see that the refs were doing all they could to help Saints win then you are clueless. Really, pay attention to the reffing and you can’t miss it. Like the time A Peterson was being taken down by the face-mask while another saint stripped-out the ball — the ref saw the face-masking plain as day but yet it was ruled a fumble.; and , the phantom pass-interference call; and, the countless roughing the passer after he threw the ball (they did call it just once) … and so on.
    Point is, saints were helped! If they aren’t helped again this year then you were just a shooting star.

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