Vikings Drop Opener To Saints 14-9

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 10, 2010 – 3:36 am

The Vikings returned to the scene of last season’s NFC Championship Game loss in New Orleans on Thursday night to begin the 2010 season, but unfortunately the outcome was similar to how their 2009 season concluded. The Saints, riding high off of last season’s Super Bowl victory, defeated the Vikings by a  14-9 count in a tightly-contested battle that set the stage nicely for the NFL’s opening weekend.

The NFL has a tradition where the defending Super Bowl champions open the season at home by hosting an intriguing opponent. Given the classic NFC Championship Game the Vikings and Saints put together a season ago, there was no more intriguing opponent for the defending Super Bowl champs than the very team they defeated to earn a spot in the NFL’s Big Game.

New Orleans had the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in 2009 and that unit took the field first on Thursday evening. And they didn’t miss a beat from last year. QB Drew Brees and Co. opened the season as champs should, driving 77 yards in 5 plays and 2:04 to take a quick 7-0 lead. The New Orleans defense, backed by a frenzied home crowd, then forced a Vikings 3-and-out and it looked like a route was on.

But that’s when the Vikings dug in their heels. Thanks to a hard-nosed defense, the guidance of 20-year pro QB Brett Favre and the determined running of superstar Adrian Peterson, the Vikings fought their way back and actually took a lead into the locker room at halftime. Minnesota owned the 2nd quarter, as Favre led the offense on 2 scoring drives – one of which was capped by a 41-yard FG from Ryan Longwell and the other culminating in an acrobatic 20-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

The Vikings led 9-7 at halftime – the PAT following Shiancoe’s TD was blocked – and it appeared another class Vikings-Saints showdown was in story. But from there the offensive excitement fizzled.

Favre, Peterson and the Vikings offense couldn’t get anything going in the 2nd half. They had just 1 drive of more than 4 plays in the 2nd half and the Vikings never got closer than the Saints 20-yardline during the entire game. Brees wasn’t having much more success than Favre, although the Saints did drive 74 yards in 11 plays to tack on a Pierre Thomas 1-yard TD run early in the 3rd quarter.

That 3rd-quarter TD gave the Saints a 14-9 lead that they would never relinquish. Both offenses struggled to gain rhythm, largely because both defenses were playing well. The Vikings punted 7 times on the night and had a pair of good scoring opportunities in the 2nd half cut short by a sack and then a lost challenge.

New Orleans’ offense wasn’t any more impressive in the 2nd half, although they were able to rush the ball against the Vikings typically stingy-against-the-run defense to the point where they controlled the clock and kept Favre off the field at the end of the game.

With all of the buildup and hype to this game, the loss is a tough one to take. But Thursday night’s contest against the Saints was just 1 of 16 regular season games the Vikings will play in 2010. The Purple will have a chance to recapture the magic in 9 days when they host the Miami Dolphins at Mall of America Field in the Vikings 2010 home opener.

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148 Responses to “Vikings Drop Opener To Saints 14-9”

  1. By Bern on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Were was Camarillo early in the game? Why is the coach so bull headed. We need a new stadium and a new coach and not in that order.

  2. By pawbearr on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    its obvious the Vikings have some holes to fill (WR,CB,HB) so what are they waiting for. we did alot of begging to get Farve back for 1 last championship run, and now he’s back and has no one to throw to. you just had to feel bad for him. and what about a back up HB? we loose Chester Taylor and dont replace him with anyone. the one two punch is just gone. and what about Berrian? WTF, dude you are just over rated. you did nothing last year, and you continued your tradition last night. Farve needs help…

  3. By Derek on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I was very suprised on how good the Vikings defense played. Brees looked uncomfortable most of the night, but he got the best of us. O Line did very well, pass blocking, and opening up hole for AP. Just the 2nd half the offense struggled, and thats why we lost.

  4. By martin on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    this team was ready for a big season but instead of improving this team management downgraded it…many bad player decisions no significant players added…a terrible strategist in childress…this was the year to go for broke but they are handling this team as it is still in the building process…longwell cannot kick off deep….berrian does not look like can be too effective in punt returns…ap has turned into a 70/yard a game running back since second half of lat season as ol has trouble blocking for him….with the sched we have and our game plan every game will be a struggle…8-8 is a very distinct possibility…it is the most frustrating thing how management and childress have messed this team up..

  5. By martin on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    if there ever was a year to go for it it was this year but i am afraid once the dust settles on this season we will be in rebuilding mode starting next year…i cannot get my head around how management and childress have made the wrong decision after wrong decision..

  6. By Streetdog 47 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    A hard fought defensive game between the potentialy best two teams in the NFC last night. The out come went down to the wire. GOOD GAME VIKING FANS. Hopefully we’ll see you guys again in the playoffs for another nail biter/nut holder. Now to all you guys who have been sheit-talking since our last meeting, making dumb-ass remarks about refs in our pocket, our sh!t city, us not really being deseriving champs, cheating, putting our QB on IR and all of your other 3rd grade remarks, FEEL that big lump in your sorry-ass throats this morning and have a sh!tty- day!!!!!

  7. By martin on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    i wish some of the press would challenge childress at the press conference but he seems to be given a bye on every decision

  8. By Rick on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    If Camarillo played the whole game, we win.

    If Chester Taylor was still on this team, we win.

    Bernard Berrian is a bust, so now we add punt returns to his duties, He should have been dropped to #4 reciever.

    Only 4 recievers, Greg Lewis? Bernard Berrian(sucks), Percy Harvin (Migranes-little practice time). Camarilloo (only it town 2 weeks,still best option and he only played one series)

    If Childress goes for it on 4th down in NO territory we win. Brett to Camarillo would not miss 2 plays in a row. First down! Touchdown a few plays later and game over.

  9. By Lisa on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Relax, this was not a tragedy! The D looked great, and Adrian had a good night.
    Favre has been sluugush on opening day the last 3 or 4 years.
    With all the Saints hype and N.O. rising out of the ashes stuff, I think it was an almost impossible situation for any team on opening day. The Saints did not look
    unbeatable to me; just the opposite.

  10. By Rick on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Even a slower Javon Walker (past knee problems) is better than a faster Berrian.

    Like Camarillo, he knows how to go the ball and make a catch.

    Bernard Berrian has no instincts, and will lose most battles with a defender on a contested catch.

  11. By Blow me on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Packers will win it all chumps !!!!

  12. By bass8 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply


  13. By Faceless on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Why do we even have Berrian? And why is he returning punts this year?

  14. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Someone better get there head out of there _ _ _ and call Javon so that someone can take over berrian”s spot and catch a pass. Our 1st drive was classic Chilly dog style, 3 and out all runs. You don”t think that they saw thay comming ?

  15. By Big D Dave on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    No surprises over last nights game. Packers will win the division.

  16. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    We miss you Sidney, get well soon

  17. By Rick James on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    If i had to hear about Katrina, sean peyton or drew brees one more time i was going to vomit! That being said, it was a great showing defensively for Minnesota. The defense kept them in the game. If Asher Allen holds that pick in the 2nd quarter they shorten the field to 30 yards and who knows what would have happened. For a defense to hold the Saints to 14 points without forcing a single turnover is pretty impressive. Offensively the Purple looked lost out there. It seemed to me that Favre was playing with some high school caliber recievers. Favre would probly be the first to admit that he missed a few throws(one 3rd down in particular to Camarillo late in the game) but for the most part there needs to be a big target in there besides Shiancoe! AP looked like AP last night and i think its going to be a big year for him, but what is up with Chilly abandoning the run in the second half? If anything gets in the purple’s way this year it will be Chilly being Chilly. Relax, it’s one game. I for one am encouraged by what i saw and cannot wait for the offense to gel, and it will. GO VIKES!!!! PURPLE REIGN!!!!

  18. By Bill Thein on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Unfortunately I believe this game was a sneak peek at the season. Brett can’t possibly have the magical year he did last year. The healthy receivers are garbage! Chilly is in his final year (bu-bye!). I don’t believe they’ll make the playoffs. Probably a 9-7 team or worse. What’s worse is we’ll probably have to watch GB, NO, and DAL dominate the NFC. I just puked in my mouth. The rest of the NFL is going to see why we’ve earned the reputation of bandwagon jumpers. We’ll have blacked out games by week 12.

  19. By Big D Dave on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    If, if and an was a frying pan, you wouldn’t need a skillet. At least the fumble master didn’t fumble.

  20. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    9 points, outstanding!

  21. By Big D Dave on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Remember when favre played for the Packers…he had a hard time beating the Cowboys. Now he can’t seem to beat the Saints. Looks like no one is even picking the viking to make it back to the super bowl.

  22. By Big D Dave on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Poor Bret….wants to become a multiple super bowl winner like Bradshaw, Aikman, Montana, and others….he could play another 5 years and not win another one.

  23. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Defense played well and our offense will get going. Hat”s off to our o line. Farve is still alive and our coach should have kept Taylor and Reynaud, but thats another sobb story.

  24. By Big D Dave on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe when Zygi moves the team to LA they’ll be able to win the big one.

  25. By insider on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Looks like the last year for the vikings. Teams contract ends, Favre will retire, dumped your better players for draft picks, vikes get a 8-8 season, disappoint minnesota fans, which will surely turn down any hopes of a new dome/stadium. Football is just like every other dysfunctional corporation, they never make smart, rational decisions.

    Good luck Favre, trying to throw to those 3rd string recievers, and AP better build up that stamina because none of our other RB’s have a hope or prayer.

  26. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    let”s see how many times Rogers gets sacked this year. Saints got 14 points, lowest ever in years. we will score more than that in games to come and we will sack Rogers out of the division and out of playoff contention.

  27. By Fred San Diego on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I am disappointed in the loss and confused by the personnel used on offense. Why abandon the run in the second half when it worked so well in the 1st half and the Vikes were only down by 5 points? Also why was Camarillo in only one series? He is a possession receiver and knows how to get 1st downs and rarely misses a ball thrown his way.

    Brett did look tired as the 2nd half wore on; he admitted as much in saying he missed several throws to Camarillo and Lewis. That said, his stamina will improve with each game.

    I was disappointed the D had zero take aways, regardless of the outcome.

    Finally, if I hear about Katrina and now the BP oil spill one more time, it will be too soon.

    For all the Packer fans, along with the pundits, saying Green Bay will win the Division, good luck with that; the road to the NFC North goes through MN. And the Cowboys, well enough saidl they will implode again. Vikes still win the division and get another crack at New Orleans.

    Childress sucks!

  28. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Good game to lose at the beginning of the season. That will light a fire under our butt”s and 3rd time is the charm in the playoffs, if we get there.

  29. By jjj on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with all the comments – we go out and get Brett to return for another year – and then tie his hands behind his back with recievers such as Berrian and Lewis who are back ups at best – or who would not even make the cut on some teams – where were Javon and Houz? Wake up management before it is too late!

  30. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I second that notion.

  31. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    “unnamed” team better offer nmore money to SD

  32. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    sorry for the miss spell

  33. By Mitt on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Our coach has got to go. I believe he sits on his ” eye for talent ” T Jack , Berrian you have got to be kidding me. Us loyal Viking fans deserve better.

  34. By Jake on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    DingleBerrian is a joke! He cant catch a pass that hits him on the hands….. so what does chillydog with cheese do….? have him catch punts!!!! what an idiot!!! the only plus is that with our play calling he shouldnt have too many return opportunities.. Ever hear of a Defensive play called a blitz? Try it instead of your prevent next time you need the ball back to win a game!!!!!!! Once again, the game came down to coaching strategy in the last 5 minutes of the game and like chillys hair, he has none!!!!

  35. By arahn on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    If Brett had another high-caliber receiver (why didn’t they go after HOUSH?!? — better go ask Walker to come back) then it would have been a different game. If we want to stay in it this year then they better go get Walker back so Brett has a chance of finding someone to throw to. If Zygi even reads these comments — please move Frazier to head coach. I feel very sorry for Farve having come back and finding his receiver corps so weak. On the bright side: Defense was outstanding!!!! O-line was good….but the wide-outs — help wanted immediately!

  36. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Javon walker is a big receiver who would help as a blocker as well as actually catches the ball. Bernard, please catch the ball and get more than 5 yrds when you return punt”s/kicks . That would really help our team. If i don”t perform at my job i might lose my job. I hope that you get it going, we are counting on you.

  37. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    define the word chilly. someone who watches the playoffs from the cold bleachers of GB

  38. By Viking Joe on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    What was that??? I can’t believe that we didn’t use Camerillo till the end. I understand we have no one to run down the field and catch the ball so why are we not using the only slot reciever we had? Joe Webb may have to play WR reciever untill we get Rice back or teams will just wait 10 -15 yards away knowing that we have no deep threat. When your TE is the only one going deep and getting open you are committed to the short game with no speed to get away from the Def. I knew we were in trouble and then we don’t even go after Houch at least he is tall and can go deep. AP played hard but still never was able to break away and never will as long as the Def does not have to drop back. Webb Walker someone and send BB packing has not caught a pass in two years.

  39. By mark on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    How come no one puts the blame on Favre. If he would have been to camp earlier he would have better timing with his receivers.Even if housh or walker would have been there he still wouldn’t have made the great throws needed to beat the saints.

  40. By Viking Joe on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Defense played well but we put Jared in one place so everyone knows where he is and they are game playing him to keep him idle. Move him around switch him with Edwards or something make teams have to adjust. Brees roled out to his right all nite long keeping his distance from Allen and we had very few stunts to sending a LB wide and cutting him off and forcing him back to Allen. I know I am here seeing all of this and sending my comments in so one may ask why am I not coaching. I agree but that opertunity never came my way. However if what I am writing makes sense then how come me a non NFL coach can see these things and our coaching staff does not. If our coaching does agree with me then why didn’t you make changes before this game instead of showing up with half a tank. Changes need to happen today!!!

  41. By NOLAnative on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    As a native of New Orleans now living in Minnesota, I am saddened by the comments of my fellow Minnesotans regarding Katrina and the oil spill. While it’s fun to pull for your home team, it is just a game. The people affected by Katrina and the oil spill have been devastated very much like the victims of the recent tornados and floods here in MN. Shame on you for denying us our victory in overcoming everything we have been through. We have to keep talking about Katrina and the oil spill because we are still dealing with the effects. In a city plagued by crime and racial issues, where whole neighborhoods have been wiped out, the Saints have brought the people of NO unity. We are just as proud of our team as you are of yours and have every right to celebrate our win without having to hear how sick you are of hearing about our troubles. We are, after all, all Americans.

  42. By mark on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    And also why is everyone saying get walker get housh there the answer..Come on people they were cut from there team for a reason.I dont think they are the answer.

  43. By Eric B. on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply



  44. By dirty little secret on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    All I can say is wow. We have a top 3 run defense and they ran it down our throats the second half??? Berrrian, c’mon man. The money you get paid to be our best reciever?? Trade him, get a 7th round pick and go and get somebody. Our recieving core is okay at best. Go and get Vincent Jackson. Yeah, might be out 3 games with suspension, but is alot better just having him on our bench than what we put out on the field. Brett had a terrible game. Y don’t you all bash him like you would bash T-Jack if that was him. We looked sluggish on both sides of the ball. I think it is going to be a long season. And if the coaches are reading this, play Camirillo the whole game, not just a few drives.

  45. By dirty little secret on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    AP, you better get in better shape if that is possible. We don’t have a back up running back that can do half of what you can do. Like I said last year, shoulda kept Chester, he is/was a stud.

  46. By Big D Dave on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Just go ahead and move the team to LA

  47. By Viking Joe on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Mark I don’t totally agree Rice should have had the surgery back in Feb then we would not be asking questions about Favre. We have no recievers to work with sooner then when Favre retuned Percy was not there and Camerillo just got there and BB needs to go. So who does that leave? We could have had TO or Houch both would have been an upgrade. We knew when camp started Rice was gone and we sat on our butts and did nothing. So yes it would be nice to have Favre in early but he needs to have someone to practice with and we don’t have anyone. Maybe Logan Payne can come over from the practice squad but we need receivers now or yes we will be an 8 -8 team.

  48. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    my local high school has acouple of guys that can catch a pass. would not cost much either.

  49. By RESQR on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    If only Brett had this or if only Brett had that. WAKE UP PEOPLE. The problem IS Brett.The Vikings traded away their future for a washed up QB who should have stayed RETIRED. Last year he had something to prove and that’s what motivated him to the record season that he had. No motivation this year. He didn’t want to come back until the team BEGGED him to come back. HUGE mistake! Last night’s game was just a preview of the travesty of a season to come. Instead of going out on a high note, Brett will leave football on a very low note. NOT the way to finish a remarkable career.
    Get ready for a 8-8 season and a SOLID thumping by the Packers who will want to exact revenge on a VERY vulnerable Vikings team.
    Nuf said.

  50. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades

  51. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Does Gruden want a coaching job?

  52. By vikingsfan4life on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    ok it was just the first game of the season and the saints didn’t score that many points either !!!! however favre does not have the WR’s he had last year with rice out for half the season, and it was his first game he didn’t really play that much in the preseason..lets see how the rest of the season go’s before we start to judge him or the coach or the team for that get a grip the season just started and they had a tough game for their opener !!! let’s see what happens down the road from here !!! GO VIKINGS !!!

  53. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    -I just have to love all the love going out to Brett Favre. I loved him as a Packer, but it was time for him to move on. A-Rod will win before the Viqueens do. When Brett retires in about 5 years or so, I will then bring his jerseys back out, until then? I am loving every minute of the drama that he brings to the Viqueen fans. You deserve it……..He will take you down with him. He is done. Last pass for the Packers? INTERCEPTION, in the NFC Championship. Last pass for the Jets? INTERCEPTION, and last year? His last pass, in the NFC Championship game? INTERCEPTION.. If you stay around as long as he has, he will have victories, pass records, interception records. What have you done lately, Brett? Gotta love it…………..

  54. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, and by the way? Quit your constant whining about Favre not having receivers….He barely had receivers in Green Bay, at least none that were Pro Bowl caliber every year. He, in fact, made the receivers what they were, serviceable. He made do with what he had. If he cannot do anything with what you have, then you might as well not play the season.

  55. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    when Farve was struggling in second half, why not throw Webb OR TJack in for a wildcat formation or 2 Webb or T jack could have hurt them in the home stretch and had them guessing, is webb running, catching , or throwing the ball.

  56. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    The Viqueens have to make it TO the Super Bowl;, in order to go BACK.. Can’t count the previous 4 losses oh so long ago…….

  57. By lilnixon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    you must really have a boring life madddog when you go to other team blog sights to debate. why not get a job or blog on your teams sight. my company gave us the day off with pay. whats your reason to be on this blog???

  58. By Rick James on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    You all just need to calm down. It was one game, the season is not over. Doesn’t anybody remember how sluggish the offense was in the first 2 games of the year last year? The difference was we played Cleveland and Detroit. The offense will open up, its the same offense as last year besides Rice and Taylor and they can tread water until Rice comes back. By then Percy will be in better shape(remember he missed alot of camp) Camirillo will be alot more familiar with the offense, and Favre will have his legs under him a little more. The D was very tough(besides the pass rush) and they will only get better when Cedric the Entertainer and Cookie come off their injuries. The O line held up very nicely and the running game, or i should say AP, looked in mid season form. I can only hope Gerhart is better than Albert Young, cuz he looked like it was his first game experience. Get some packages going with Joe Spida Webb running the wildcat and catch some teams off guard! The offense was way to predictable! Even tho there is no burner on the field you gotta chuck at least one deep ball a game. Split out the Spida Webb and let him go get the ball. Its worth a shot!

  59. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Waaaaaaaaah LILNIXON, and good for you………..Just wanted to see the cryin’, and lo and behold…here it is. It’s just entertainment, that’s all.

  60. By Paul on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Okay okay it was only the first game. AP looked great only wish we would have saw more of him in the 4th. They were only down by 5 pts you can still run the ball but i am not the coach so oh well. The def looked and played great just wait untill Cook and Ced get back. This def could turn out to be unreal by mid season, cant wait! With this strong def and a great running game they could still win a lot of games with out passing deep. Its hard enough to win on the road in the NFL but to have to beat the def/champ at home in week 1 thats tough. Lets hope they take the next 2 at home then enjoy the bye and come back and steal one on Monday vs the jets. After that the schedule gets tough tough though. Lets go Vikings its only one!!!!!

  61. By wispurplehead on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Last year I got ripped on because of my desire to have Childress dumped. Last night he picked up right where he left off! Offseason, we let Chester go and did nothing to upgrade our secondary. This game is a perfect picture of a team lead by a unqualified coach. I will not even listen to his presser’s because he is and always will be an idiot! Once again, we looked like the team that just was not ready to play a game. Remind me again, how long is chilly going to be here?? Thank goodness we have the TWINS!!!!!!!!

    p.s. will the comments about Tjack please end…he is not the answer!!!

  62. By Bert on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I hope a big “HELP WANTED” sign is hung on the front door of the Metrodome. A better than 3rd string receiver would be nice.

  63. By nola on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Tick Tock Pretty bad to have your Coaching Staff unaware of how Clock Management can cause a Win or a Loss.
    Wilf’s need to now think about you the Fan’s than their $$$$.
    Favre hasn’t been affected or though it seems for he is in Kiln, Miss. celebrating his Grand Fathership while y’all are still Belly Aching about the officiating. Your Organization has been “HAD” by Favre and his Agents slick negotiating skills. Prepare for a LLLLong Season. I feel for the talent of your players. Miami is next on the schedule so lets see how Childress’s Staff will handle the next L. Good Luck you will need it.
    WHODATNATION 1 and 0 …. and counting.

  64. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    With the impending lock out, what coaches you have now, will be with you next year. No team is going to want to pay for a coach that isn’t coaching, AND for a coach that has a team on lock out, so if this scenario plays out, you are stuck with ;chilly’ The Bears are in the same position, Lovie isn’t going anywhere, and he has totally lost his focus on what needs to be done there. It would be a SHOCK, to see any coaches let go this year. (they still get paid during a lock-out)

  65. By Teng on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Favre was horrible. I blame everything on him. Quit kissing his butt. He will not take the Vikes to the promise land or win it. Hes washed up, and will not have the same performance as last year. favre will be the downfall of this team.

  66. By reality Check on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I’d take Pres. Bush over Chilli to run this team, not everyone can lead a team, Leslie Fraizer for Head Coach, I’m sorry guys but Childress doesnt want to win, look at is decisions. All Micro-managers are incompetent weaklins that make stupid decisions based on their inferior complex and not what’s best for the teams. Someone needs to put up a billboard “Hey Chilli, you think MN wants you to go? These moronic decisions with the team are simple painful, we need WR’s, Berrian(fragile & worthless), Young not worth putting on a High School team with T-Joke, Coach is more like a female volley ball coach. This is the NFL

  67. By vlad19 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Poindexter (Childress) shows his stripes all over again…. LUCKY he got Peterson in draft – John Sullivan was an average center, UNDERSIZED and a useless ND team. Bryant McKinnie is lazy and slow and unmotivated. Berrian is a waste of cash (two drops, one dropped punt and trips on critical out pattern on 3rd down). Kleinsasser, Tahi and Dugan are specialty players – THEY BLOCK AND THAT IS ALL THEY DO (real special). Herrera was getting tossed around like a bean bag….. and Childress abandons the one thing that worked well enough – virtually no run game the second half. Tough one to watch, but REAL tough to live down if you are Brad Childress.

  68. By D-Rock on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    WANTED: Jared Allen to stop rocking America, and rock some freaking Quarterbacks… Talk about MIA, that brotha needs to bring the heat with some consistency.

  69. By vlad19 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    So “Teng”, you don’t think Favre needs an offensive line then? You think without receivers he should be exceptional ANYWAY? THAT offensive line was the SAME group that got Favre trashed in the NFC champ game last year. Nothing changed. Hutch and Loadholdt played decent game, otherwsie the other three mailed it in. Hope McKinnie slips in the jacuzzi. Get Favre REAL receivers and he can do things. If Poindexter keeps the same group, we are in trouble. Mark Clayton is out there… Javon Walker and Reynaud are better options than Berrian! Better act quick Ppoindexter, you will be also-ran pretty quick with GB as they are prepared to play winning football!

  70. By Shannon on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hi –

    I’m a Saints fan and season ticket holder. I was there when we beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship, and I was there last night. I don’t think either team should be worried. We all know that defenses win championships and both played exceptionally well last night. It doesn’t matter if your high powered offense puts up points, if your defense can’t stop the opponent. Make no mistake that Drew Brees and Brett Favre rank among the best QB’s ever, but when faced against good defenses; their hands are tied.

    Of course you have your reasons for losing….Brett’s age, Brett’s ankle, loss of Rice, etc. Although we won, we keep thinking about TWO missed field goals and a dropped ball in the endzone. Naturally, we think we should have won by more and “somewhat” embarrassed the Vikings.

    Never the less, I think it was a clean game that both teams should be proud of. Someone has to lose, and it this case it happened to be the Vikings. Don’t count your team out! The Saints are a high powered offense that got shut down but found another way to win.

    To those Vikings fans that made the trip to New Orleans, I hope you enjoy your time here. We’ve had a great time partying with you.

    May your team have success!

    A True Saints Fan!

  71. By VikingsDx3 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I hope this loss will help provoke some more thought on our O-Line. Defense did great, held them to “15” points. Considering Saints have the highest powered offense in the league, I would imagine that is indicative of where improvements need to be made. Go VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. By Robins on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I felt bad for Brett all night. We bring him back and then he has no decent person to throw to. What was wrong with Percy? Why wasn’t Camarillo in the whole game? He is a great player. Isn’t that why we got him, so he could play! We should have kept Chester Taylor! Why didn’t the Vikings make Rice have his surgery months ago? Thank you for protecting Brett! And Adrian, you didn’t fumble! The defense looked good except for the two times they let them get a touchdown and the last time they let them run out the clock. We need Walker!

  73. By IL Vikefan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I have been sitting here reading everyones posts and while I agree with most of them, I can not help but want to point out one major misconception…..

    The vikings did not “choose” to let C. Taylor go! In an uncapped year, (which everyone knows this is) the final four teams from the previous years playoffs (Jets, Vikings, Saints, and Colts) are not ALLOWED to sign a free agent (which is what Taylor was) until their team LOSES ONE. UNFORTUNATELY FOR US, THAT HAPPENED TO BE C. TAYLOR.

    So everyone ripping management about “LETTING” Taylor go need to check up on the rulebook before spouting off at the team for making a huge mistake. (not that I don’t think they make mistakes, but the C. Taylor situation was out of their hands when it happened.

  74. By Richard (Purple Elephant) on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikes were playing the world champs, I think the refs blew 1 call. We were playing away. I bet that was good enough to beat any other football team.
    I don’t think they adjusted as quick as they should of.

  75. By rtjdell on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Albert Young is terrible…get rid of him…he should of been cut…can’t wait for Tobey’s knee to get better…Tobey’s a heck of alot better than Albert by far…

  76. By FanCox on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    How bad does A. Young rushing average have to be before Gerhart gets a chance to play???? If less than one yard per rush doesn’t do it, maybe negative yards may. I know Young only had three carries, but why not give him three and Gerhart one. How about on third and 2 – the average would be bad, but let’s see what a second round pick got us in the power department anyway.

  77. By purple08 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Nobody seemed to notice that Favre cost us that game once again. That’s what happens when you miss training camp. He missed open receivers all night. What were his numbers in the second half? Go ahead and blame Childress guys. You don’t realise he had to call that type of game because of injuries and Favre not being on the same page as the rest of the team. Favre had decent protection all night! Berrian really looked bad. I was wodering where Camarillo was in the first half. Shiancoe looked solid. If T-Jack would have started, we would have won that game. Vikings will be alright. Favre needs to play catch-up(again) Vikes will be in the playoofs, don’t worry and when everyone is healthy for second half of the season we will make our run. But you “so called” Vikings fans can jump off the band wagon now and I will make room for you to jump back on in December when we are making our Superbowl run. P.S. nice photos of Favre’s leg and ankle after last years game! That was nasty! Favre is one tough S.O.B.

  78. 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!

  79. By dac on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Whe featured Albert Young, Jim Kliensasser, our oline looked slow, or dline looked weak, our defense looked lost at first but settled in fairly nicely. Our recievers ran terrible routes and only one time did a reciever go make a play for Farve. Camirillo did, but still needs more time to gel. Percy needs to get into a groove. IT WAS A HUGE MISTAKE TO LET REYNAUD GO!!! Berrian is not a punt returner. Darius is one of the best in the NFL. Stupid Stupid Stupid. Adrian Peterson was running like a beast though. This is our preseason and training camp. Chilly is a terrible coach with no imagination and has made some bad decisions of late regausrding personnel.

  80. By mjordan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Why is Payne on the practice squad We could have used him last night. Ya Lewis made a nice catch last year–SO what he only had 4 catches all season. BB was awful. Payne needs to be out there now! Walker by the way has no hands don’t go there.

  81. By FoffMaddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Maddog, what have the packers done for you lately? A couple preseason victories over horrible defenses doesn’t win the division for you.

    And everyone else who thinks that its over because we lost one game, c’mon! If we didn’t abandon the run in the second half we would have come away with the win. The coaches and players will watch the tape and we will get better. Fact of the matter is, we have the best defense in the league. We will win the division and make a run at the playoffs.


  82. By Jake on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Couldn’t agree more about Berrian. Shouldn’t receivers have good hands? He has not made one single play since he has been a Viking that has been impressive. Trade him now! Of course who would even want him?

  83. By Stafnbui on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Outcoached to the T. Sad to see. Atleast the NFCC game the vikings where dominating at some aspects which brought some hope and satisfaction but this time around they where clearly outplayed.

    The saints made adjusment during the second half whilst Chilly didn´t.

    They fixed what wasn´t working while Chilly stopped using the main offensive weapon – AD. Why? It would be nice if the reporters grilled him a lot more than that.

    Defense and Frazier – The williams wall where kept out of position the whole time and so was Allen (virtually unseen). Frazier didn´t make any adjusments there either. For the main pressure to be firing on all cylinders a sensible coach is needed.

    I guess the game proved all so called experts right – the vikings will not duplicate their form from last season.

  84. By RESQR on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Shannon and Robins, I think you missed your true calling in life. Unless you’re already therapists or mediators. …….Or could it be REALLY good drugs??

  85. By Mark on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply


    IT is quite clear that Berrian cant catch, Harvin will get there soon, but we need a big, physical playmaker right now. VJACK can play in 2 more games, cough up the dough and get him practicing with Favre ASAP!! Ask Brett and I am sure he will agree.

  86. By meswant on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Brett looked good. AP did great ball protection & ran good. The receivers need to catch the ball!!! Lets get Shiancoe open & put Camarillo in the game. Our defense needs to put glue on their gloves so they can tackle. I lost count how many times we would have tackled them in the back field for a loss but our tackling was sloppy & they would get 10 yard gains!!!

  87. By terry on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    WTF where was Camarillo? Next year I hope i’m sitting in my chair thinking Where is Chilly?……………….Oh forgot, I won’t care unless he’s still coaching the Vikes…

  88. By David on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Still thinking if Favre had more than one offensive series during the preseason maybe the offense could have got something going. Not real sure why they had to rest him on the last preseason game when he just frickin got there

  89. By Candyman on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Ok guys… I am just as upset as everyone else but I think we need to calm down. In 2008, we lost to Favre and the Packers. A divisional lost to start the season and we still won the division. We are just overboard with this because it was the Saints. This wasnt even a divisional loss. If we split our away games 4-4 and sweep at home we still end up at 12-4 and are in the playoffs. What if we played the Steelers first last year instead of the Browns? It wouldnt have changed the fact we went to the NFC Championship game. It might be good that these weaknesses are exposed now heading into the two home games and a bye. Thats 3 1/2 weeks before any playoff caliber teams.

  90. By Candyman on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    But not withstanding… P.S. Get well soon Sidney!!!

  91. By Twister on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    GO GET RANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!




  92. By Candyman on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Oh I am idiot…Favre was with Jets in 08

  93. By Teng on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply


    We could say all we want but Favre was missing those throws. If it was TJ, everyone would be on him. THIS IS ALSO REASON WHY favre should be in training camp. You just can’t expect to win games if nobody iis in sync with each other. But i do agree we need more out of our other recievers especially BB.

  94. By Viking-ology on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Although our receiving corps is suspect, the main reason we lost last night was the abandonment of the running game. Peterson was so close to breaking a big one, you could see it, then we just stop! What the…?? Get Camarillo out there from the get-go, he has great hands and will keep the chains moving. Poinsey-stop bobbing your head around when you are trying to dodge a question thrown at you. Your the head coach, do what is necessary to win -I know its early but its now or…bust.

  95. By soldier1986 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    did you guys see the pics of favre’s leg and ankle? holy cow. he is one tough SOB. toughes to ever playin the game in my book. and people said he shoudl have ran. haha yeah right. he would have had to run like 20 yard all together for a first down. well what can i say. we didn’t deserve the win. why wasn’t camirllo playing the whole night? and where did AP go? sometimes i dont get brad childress. i really don’t. BB couldn’t catch a ball if his life depended on it. percy harvin needs to run the right route. we need to start camirllo. i felt bad for brett last night. no one to throw it to.

  96. By tony on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    This game was hard to watch. I am so sick of the passive, run adrian up the middle 3 downs and punt the ball strategy childress uses. I wish i could have plugged in my 360 controller and called the plays. They are so predictable, as soon as they line up you can already tell exactly what play they are going to run. I wish sean payton was our coach atleast he has some stones and plays to win. I was like childress just wanted to keep it close. Whats ziggy wilfs email, he needs to get rid of chilly. Please god wake him up!

  97. By Robins on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    We need Camarillo and Shiancoe to play the whole game. Hopefully Percy will be great again, hopefully soon. We need our coaches to change things up and surprise everyone. I felt like their coaches outcoached ours. Jared needs to do something different to get the quarterback. Adrian you looked great, never fumbled. Open it up for him so he can make a great run and a touch down. Surprise us next week..please! Coaches, get creative!

  98. By guys on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    When we are fighting for petty games, our country is being silently occupied by Islamists. Check these sites and learn the threat and enemy.


  99. By Mike on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Breaking news: vikings working on deal for big-name reciever. No more info at this time….Randy Moss?? Vincent Jackson??

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

    The game was lost on the sideline. The Vkings should fire Brad and hire Leslie. Now!!!!!!

  101. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    To FoffMaddog….Thank you, a great compliment. I was not talking about the Packers. I was just making comments about what other comments I have read on here. best defense in the league? That is simply put….PRICELESS…….LOLOL

  102. By rocksalt on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Childress is an egghead……can anyone even understand what he says? As for his coaching-he is way too predictable.
    Berrian? WTF….. CUT HIM! DUDE CAN’T CATCH! Better to go with Camarillo & Logan Payne. Get Percy more involved.

  103. By Ty Tonkinson on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a Vikings fan for 50 years. I hate to say it, but we were out-coached last night. The Saints made great halftime adjustments – we made none. In a game with mediocre play on both sides, the coaching made the difference. Sorry Chilly – truth hurts.

  104. By david on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    what do you call a Minnesota Vicking with a Sper Bowl Ring?

    A THIEF!!!


  105. By soldier1986 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    @david dude get out of here. you won so why are you waisting your time on here. you must have no life. and brett didn’t lose us the game. you must not know football or you didn’t watch the game to think that. lol moron

  106. By david on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I know more about football than you know about life idiot
    I don”t have to go anywhere
    I will torment your low life brains because I have that kind of time
    Your team sucks
    You fans suck more
    Your frozen like your weather
    It gives me great pleasure in watching you lose with a guy who turned his back on a team who’s fans loved and respected him for years
    Now you will live with the pain of having him back
    I will remind you of this all season long

    Have fun loser

    By the way: I do know football
    I live in Green Bay
    I report on sports for a living

  107. By OLDSCHOOL on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody leave David alone…….his Mommy will call him up from the basement soon….it’s almost dinner time…she’s cooked his favorite…..big, fat flesh sword! Mmmmmmmmm Good!

  108. By mark on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Just wondering maybe david should have spent more time in school than watching football cause the idiot cant spell

  109. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I must be blocked…Priceless

  110. By maddog on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    David, from one Packer fan to another…..Go back the Bears, because your comments remind me of those classless losers

  111. By vikesfaninKS on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    trade berrian for the best offer and we have a patriots type receiver corp camarillo and rice is like welker and moss

  112. By vlad19 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    By IL Vikefan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply ————- Great point, but MY argument is not whether we “blew it” by not be able to re-sign Taylor, it is about the futility of Chilly to make adjustments and pipck up some other talent…. he had entire preseaason and four pre-season games to SEE he has NOTHING after Peterson. If Adrian gets hurt, we are done…. really, Albert YOUNG???? Tahi??? We have nothing after Peterson.

  113. By david on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply


    You a Packer Fan?

    Maybe a fudge Packer at best

  114. By david on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    at least my mom can cook

    and Mark your a loser also, like all Viking idiots

  115. By mark on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Um is it my imagination or were we all saying we need better receivers all through out the preseason.And now the regular game proved it.Is childress that blind or is he just pig headed to see what we all seen for weeks.

  116. By vlad19 on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    By mark on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Just wondering maybe david should have spent more time in school than watching football cause the idiot cant spell

    LOL!! Yea, and the clown says he writes on football…. guy is full of sheets and a mouth laxatives… “david” you are a boy, and IF you were a real sports writer, you would not be up to your Gremlin-like behavior. Grow up sonny.

  117. By david on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Just writing to your grade school level so you can understand it

  118. By Jake on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    How many more super bowl bound coaches do you think we’ll let go? Dungy… Tomlin… Billick…… now soon to be Frasier?

  119. By Lito on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes, you have great players but you are only a good “team.” Management missed lots of opportunities to fill in areas of need. We miss Randy Moss and Chuck Foreman. Players should interview less and practice more. Fifty years and 0-4 in the Super Bowl. Wow. Will this be another ‘bust’ year?

  120. By Ricky RM on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    The Saints brought there B game and walked away with a win…So now let’s see what kind of excuse the cry babies from Minnesota will have…

  121. By OLDSCHOOL on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Your right David….she does cook pretty good……she would always cook up a little something for me before I left in the morning! It just hit me… old are you anyway……………

  122. By Troy on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    As long as Childress is the coach this team wont win it all.If the vikings did not get Favre Both Childress and TJack would be unemployed.A terrible off season and Childress inability to make in game adjustments could result in an 8-8 season.Going into a game with 4 recievers (1 being Greg Lewis) and 3 corners was just plain stupid.Childress is an ego maniac.He is the only person on the planet who still thinks TJack is an NFL QB.

  123. By TWVIKE on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    You too OLDSCHOOL? I agree , she can cook, but the best part is she SWALLOWS! David do you still shower with your uncle? Pick the soap up BOY! I bet you have a pretty mouth.

  124. By miko on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    We have no wide receiver that can stretch the field. Leslie Frazier defensive play calls suck. Am i the only one who seen wide open guys. That cover 2 scheme is so easy to manipulate and we been playing it for the last for years. We shouldnt be last place in passing yards every year. And why didnt Greg Camarillo play more. He is a posession receiver just like Sidney Rice. Brett Favre loves posession receivers. Please give him a chance. I sure hope Adrian Peterson can run us into the playoffs this year.

  125. By fmfan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    The OLD man looked tired in the 2nd half. He went 4-12 for 44 yds and 1 sack. Maybe he should sit on the bench until he gets into game shape.

  126. By vikesfaninKS on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    you have to realize guys our coaching staff offered chester a contract he wanted to leave minnesota cause he wanted to be a starter

  127. By Cory on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Is Bernard Berrian the highest paid 2nd WR in the NFL

    His hands are iffy and his inability to get separation is a real problem….

  128. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Maddog is your tipical redneck nips@#t fixated on bashing favre on our website.My guess is he is 28-42yo,unemployed,and his mom will call him from upstairs to come eat dinner.

  129. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Advise to Chilly, 4 what it is worth:please treat regular games as the real deal.It’s not preseason “feeling out” things.If you r moving the ball on the ground-STAY WITH IT.I admit I’ve critized your lack of creativity-but this time it was working!

  130. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Kudos to vikefan for actually knowing what he’s talking about.Any thoughts on WHY Lewis more Camarillo less- I’m in the dark.

  131. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Just from observation-it appears the problem with BB at WR is B..A..L..L..S

  132. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    David,didn’t you hear Maddog’s mom asking you two to stop playing Halo and come upstairs to eat dinner?

  133. By LionsFan247 on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Its alright Favre!!! Kick their butts in the playoffs… who dat? Its gonna be the vikings… dats WHO!!!

  134. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Troy, cive credit were credit is due.There has NEVER been an escape from Stalag 13.EVER.Chilly is the man!

  135. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Troy, give credit were credit is due.There has NEVER been an escape from Stalag 13.EVER.Chilly is the man!

  136. By soldier1986 on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    @david. you are a lonely moron. all you do is come on here and bash favre. its sad really. i doubt you know more then me. they teach you more in the army then going to be a sports writer. which your not a good one. you blame everything on favre. and as a sports writer you would think you would have known that the packers turned there backs on him. favre did not turn his back on him. why do you think they offered him 20 million dollars to keep his mouth shut and retire. because they made him retire in the first place. do your research mister sports writer. and if your calling me a loser because i want to serve my country, well im a loser i guess. thats your opinion

  137. By soldier1986 on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    oh and david, im from wisconsin

  138. By UBRETT-CHA on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, Bernard! That brown, leather thing that you see spiraling towards you in the air?? CATCH IT!!!!

  139. By purplenurple on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    BB showed his true colors.Chilly,if BB is terrified to catch a pass as a WR for fear of contact–FOR GOD’S SAKE he will pee his uniform as a punt returner!
    We NEEEEED better field position.

  140. By purplenurple on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Bernard=Troy Williamson (WITHOUT THE HANDS)

  141. By purplenurple on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly’s got a line out for someone waaaaay better than Jackson,Moss,Walker or Housh—-KEVIN CURTIS Eagles! Lets do this thing!!!

  142. By purplenurple on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply


  143. By purplenurple on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Let slip away: Billick,Dungee,…Frazier?

    Keepers: Steckel,Burns,Green,Tice….Childress?


  144. By TWVIKE on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Dont forget Tomlin. SB win with Steelers!

  145. By rodney on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    wheres carter and moss.when you need then..

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