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Kluwe A Vikings Standout In 2010 Season Opener

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 10, 2010 – 9:37 am

The Vikings lost their season-opener by a 14-9 count at the Superdome in New Orleans on Thursday evening. And while nothing short of victory is acceptable on game days, there are always some positives to point out, even in a loss.

One of the positives from Thursday night was the punting performance of Chris Kluwe.

It was on the very same field where the Vikings opened the 2010 season that Kluwe had perhaps his most infamous performance as a Viking back in 2008. In that game, Kluwe punted to Saints RB/punt returner Reggie Bush 5 times and the dynamic playmaker turned those 5 punts into 176 return yards and 2 TDs. After one of Bush’s returns, Kluwe got an earful from Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress.

But the Vikings 6-year veteran suffered no such fate this year. In fact it was quite the opposite. Kluwe, who has blossomed into one of the NFL’s better punters, did an outstanding job on Thursday night, as he and the Vikings coverage units held Bush to just 7 total punt return yards on 3 attempts.

When Bush takes the field at the Superdome to return a punt, the home crowd chants “Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!” But Kluwe was able to silence those chants on Thursday night with high-arching kicks that were accurately placed and allowed the Vikings coverage units to converge on Bush.

Kluwe had 7 punts on the evening and totaled 310 gross punt yards, which averages out to a 44.3-yard average; Kluwe’s net average was 43.3 and 2 of his 7 punts landed inside the 20-yardline. Also, only 3 of the 7 punts were returned.

More impressive than those numbers though, was the field position Kluwe was able to create for the Vikings. Kluwe’s 1st punt of the game came from the Minnesota 27. But because Bush was forced to call a fair catch after a booming 46-yard punt, New Orleans was starting on their own 27.

Then Kluwe displayed his accuracy on the next punt, dropping one down on the Saints 4-yardline from 2 yards beyond midfield. There were 3 other times when Kluwe had punts from inside the Minnesota 30-yardline than ended up giving the Saints the ball inside of their own 35.

All of that unfortunately didn’t help the Vikings pull out a victory, but it is a legitimate positive to take away from a disappointing loss.


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15 Responses to “Kluwe A Vikings Standout In 2010 Season Opener”

  1. By Robins on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Chris! It could have been a lot worse if Reggie had a good night. Keep up the great work! Another positive……there were no fumbles by Adrian or any Viking!

  2. By justafan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Why was Camarillo on the sidelines most of the night? All he does is get open and catch the ball, unlike the half-a efforts of Berrian and Harvin last night. Favre had to wait to long for Shiancoe to get open before throwing while the others were wandering around, and when he did throw it to them, they dropped it. Play the guys who will do the job, not just because they cost you alot of money!

  3. By Arnie Kuhn on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    The Game was lost on the sideline. The Vikings would be smart if they would fire Brad an hire Leslie. NOW!!!!

  4. By Jake on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah I agree, we needed to fire childress a long time ago. Three runs up the middle no gain. Why play to “not lose” instead of playing to win? Don’t we have a QB… what’s his name… Brett….. something, I think he’s pretty good at throwing the ball… And I completely agree with justafan, the entire game I was wondering where Camarillo was and then he finall makes a great catch. And why did we get rid of walker and not replace him with anyone? And pass up TJ. Terrible mgmt decisions.

  5. By meswant on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Get Camaillo in the game, he is not the fastest guy but at least he can catch the ball!!!! We need to find ways to get Shiancoe open as well. Put Berrian on the bench where he belongs. He knew he had to step up his game with Rice out but did not. We are hurting without Taylor & lets face it, Young could not run with the ball. Lets get Gerhart in the game & see how he does. In the preseason he ran like AP, lets give him a chance.

  6. By Where's walker? on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Please Trade Bernard Berrian. He is Trash. 3 easy drops and a dropped punt? Plus he can’t get open or block.

    Please Please trade him, and pick Javon back up.

  7. By Robins on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    We traded for Camarillo, now lets let him play the whole game. He is a great player. We need Walker back too. Thanks to Shiancoe we got a touchdown. Bernard needs to learn how to catch a ball. Brett got the protection the first half of the game, then it slipped away. Adrian was good. No fumbles. What a big mistake getting rid of Chester. Shiancoe and Camarillo will be great like Sidney Rice. Get it together guys. Beat Miami.

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  9. By Paris Allen on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I think that there were many positives to take away and learn from and also take into the weeks to come. The D-line showed why there still the best in the NFL. Adrian made a conscientious effort to hold on to the ball and his hard work in that area showed, and lastly Kluwe showed that he has learned from last year as well. I consider myself a die-hard Viking fan, but last night really wasn’t expecting them to win because I believed that they were going to come into the game out of sink, and they did unfortunately. The positive of all positives that I couldn’t help but to think about when the game was on is, if Sidney wasn’t hurt, and Percy wasn’t out of sink due to lack of practice, this game turns out much much much different in our favor. If anything, we took the Saints best punches and they barely came of it the victors, so there’s a whole lot to be happy about. I think Brett needs to work extensively with Greg Camarillo and Lewis because they have a whole lot to give, and I believe that now its just a matter of everyone synchronizing and getting there timing back. Lastly, there were no injuries of date, and we now can make the necessary adjustments. My only negative comment about our beloved Vikings is that I want Mr. Berrian to step and be there WR he’s so richly being paid to be and has the potential of being, because he disappears quite a bit, especially in games where we really need him to be what he pro ports to be

  10. By paul on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Why isn’t the 10 million dollar man that rushes the QB not the stand-out player of the game. What is his sack total from the 2nd. half of last season?

  11. By moorevikes on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    because he is getting double teamed alot of the time paul. because he’s that good. my question is: while he’s occupying two bodies why isn’t someone else getting to the qb? i guess it’s a numbers game when you consistently have 4 rushing against 6 or 7 you can’t really blame the 4.

  12. By purplenurple on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Bernard = Troy Williamson{WITHOUT THE HANDS)
    We need better field position,it’s inevitable BB will
    pee his uniform at punt returner & embarrass the entire team.When asked about this matter,Childress replied,” Hoooogaaaaannnn!”

  13. By TWVIKE on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Not a good sign when your punter is your game MVP!

  14. By Jake on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    Ha TWVIKE, that was my thought EXACTLY

  15. By Skol_Vikings on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    the reason Carmillo probably stayed on the sideline is because he’s only had 2 weeks in the offense. If we had moved the ball better we would have likely seen more of him. What I really want to see is McKinney replaced. Our blind side tackle isn’t getting the job done.

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