The Vikings offense in 2009 was the NFL’s 2nd-highest scoring unit and averaged just short of 30 points per game. In the 2010 season opener, though, points weren’t flowing as freely for QB Brett Favre and Co.
The Vikings went scoreless in the 1st quarter and then posted 9 points in the 2nd quarter. But New Orleans found a way to shut the Vikings out in the 2nd half and come away with a 14-9 win, a far cry from the offensive output both teams’ offense had in last year’s NFC Championship Game.
Despite the struggles, Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe sounded optimistic following the game that his team’s offense will eventually find its stride in 2010.
“We left a lot of plays out there obviously,” Shiancoe said. “This is an explosive offense and there’s a lot of things we can take and learn from this. It’s just the beginning of the season, one of sixteen games. So we have a lot of football left. This is nothing that’s going to get us derailed from our goal of the Super Bowl. It’s nothing we’re going to panic over or really get distraught over.”
Shiancoe was the Vikings leading receiver in Thursday night’s loss, hauling in 4 receptions for 76 yards and tallying the Vikings lone TD – a 20-yard grab in the middle of the endzone. But regardless of his performance, he knows that the coming days will provide some productive meetings in the film room.
“We definitely left some plays out there on the field,” he said. “We’re going to have a good film session tomorrow.”
Shiancoe did point out a couple of positives, most notably that the offensive line, RBs and TEs were solid in protecting Favre; he was sacked once on the night. And ultimately that’s what the next week or so will be about for the Vikings – taking positives away from the game but also learning from mistakes in an effort to regain the offensive form that helped lead the club to 12 wins a season ago.
“We always have room for improvement,” Shiancoe acknowledged. “This film session is most likely going to be filled with things that we can learn from. A lot of plays were left out there on the field. And that was from things that I’ve seen out there. So I know that after we watch the film, we’re going to be pretty disappointed at the things we left out there. At the same time, it’s going to be a building process. So we can get a lot of good out of this.”
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