The Vikings passing game was certainly not a bright spot during the 14-10 home-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at Mall of America Field. QB Brett Favre threw 3 INTs for the 1st time since the 2008 season when he was with the New York Jets. That performance came in the last game of the season as Favre was battling a bicep injury.
Turnovers were another factor in the defeat as the Vikings committed 4 – 3 INTs and 1 fumble. Essentially, the Vikings committed 6 turnovers if you factor in the 2 missed 4th down attempts. But with all of those changes of possession came a bright spot out of the Purple backfield.
RB Adrian Peterson personified his title as “All Day.”
The All-Pro RB ran for 145 yards and 1 TD on 28 carries. Many of those yards were not simply opened up by the linemen or on a key open field block, but rather the creation of Peterson’s running style. One play in particular saw #28 tripped up in the backfield, stumble forward, stay on his feet while continuing to stiff-arm and shoulder his way across the field for a 1st down. Not to mention that with all of these turnovers, not 1 was committed by Peterson.
“It’s tough,” Peterson said of the loss. “It’s tough when you’re knocking on the door and you are in a do-or-die situation.”
With the Vikings opening the season with consecutive losses, the star RB feels a sense of pressure mounting but realizes that it’s only the 2nd game of the year.
“There is a lot of work to be done,” Peterson acknowledged. “No panic. There is a sense of urgency. I know this group. We got a lot of different guys. We’ll come together and get on track.”
Peterson’s 145 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins was the most he’s gained since the 2009 season-opening victory over the Cleveland Browns when he ran for 180 yards and 3 TDs. The 4-year veteran has 232 yards on 47 carries and 1 TD on the season.
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The Vikings are 0-2 and tomorrow is Monday morning. Something tells me there are questions to answer.
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The Vikings turned a flat and unproductive 1st-half effort into a nail-biting finish but ultimately were unable to overcome mistakes and a tough Miami Dolphins team, falling to the visitors 14-10 on Sunday at Mall of America Field.
Trailing 7-0 at halftime, the Vikings deficit grew to 14-0 in the 3rd quarter when QB Brett Favre was sacked and fumbled in the endzone, allowing LB Koa Misi to fall on it for a TD. The Vikings responded later in the 3rd quarter with a 1-yard Adrian Peterson run to cut the lead to 14-7 and then a Ryan Longwell FG in the 4th quarter made the score 14-10.
The Vikings defense rose up several times in the 2nd half, and in the 4th quarter the offense was set up on 2 occasions to notch the winning score. But things wouldn’t fall the Vikings way and the Dolphins sealed their win by turning over the Vikings on downs with under a minute to go in the game.
We’ll have more coverage from today’s game on vikings.com so stay tuned.
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The Vikings decreased Miami’s lead to 4 points after a 28-yard field goal from K Ryan Longwell. The scoring drive lasted 6:49 on 13 plays for 78 yards.
RB Adrian Peterson is having an outstanding game in terms of creating positive yards by evading defenders. Peterson has compiled 122 yards on 22 carries and 1 TD.
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The Vikings offense continues its struggles in the 2nd half with a fumble by QB Brett Favre in their own endzone that resulted in a Dolphins TD. LB Koa Misi recovered the fumble for Miami to increase its lead to 14-0.
After starting on its own 25-yard line, the Purple offense put together a nice drive highlighted by 20-yard connection from Favre to WR Bernard Berrian. But another scoring opportunity was scratched as Favre’s next pass to Berrian was intercepted by Dolphins CB Jason Allen.
The ensuing play, though, resulted in the ball turning over once again but in the Vikings favor this time. LB E.J. Henderson forced a fumble that was recovered by his brother, Erin, on the Miami 1-yard line. After an incomplete pass to TE Visante Shaincoe, RB Adrian Peterson banged through the Dolphins defensive front for the score.
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Despite not capitalizing on a pair of scoring opportunities, the Vikings went into the locker room trailing the Dolphins by only 7 points. QB Brett Favre has completed 13 of 19 attempts for 125 yards. WR Percy Harvin has been Favre’s favorite target in the 1st half, hauling in 5 receptions (targeted 7 times) for 32 yards.
The 1st scoring opportunity came on the Vikings 1st drive of the game where it came to a halt on a failed 4th-and-1 attempt. Miami used that momentum to put together a 9-play 73-yard drive that resulted in a 5-yard TD reception from QB Chad Henne to WR Brian Hartline.
The 2nd failed scoring opportunity for the Purple came on a bobbled reception by Harvin at the Dolphins 1-yard line that was eventually intercepted by CB Vontae Davis. The Vikings defense missed an opportunity to stop the Dolphins deep in their own territory but RB Ronnie Brown bolted down the middle of the field on the 1st play of the series to quiet the Mall of America Field crowd.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson put up big 1st half numbers on the ground with 12 attempts for 61 yards.
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The Vikings offense opened the game with a nice drive but was unable to put points on the board because of a failed 4th-down try that surrendered possession to Miami.
The Dolphins were able to put up the 1st points of the game on a 9-play, 73-yard drive that lasted 4:47. The drive was sparked by a 1st-play 46-yard pass from QB Chad Henne to WR Brandon Marshall down the Miami sideline. The Dolphins continued to establish their offense through the use of the Wildcat formation.
The drive was capped off on a 5-yard pass from Henne to WR Brian Hartline.
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A few hours from now the Vikings hope to celebrating their 1st win of the season. But there could be another reason to celebrate after the game as well, with QB Brett Favre on the verge of setting another career milestone.
Entering today’s game against the Dolphins, Favre has 498 career TD passes. A quick math check tells me he needs 2 more to reach 500 for his career and he would of course be the 1st QB to ever reach 500 career TD passes. Also, Favre is quickly approaching 70,000 passing yards. With 69,500, he is just 500 yards shy of becoming the 1st NFL player to throw for 70,000 yards.
Here are a couple of other Vikings milestones that are within reach today…
– With 220 passing yards, Favre will move into 2nd place in team history for the most passing yards in the first 2 seasons as a Viking; he currently has 4,373 yards, trailing Fran Tarkenton’s 4,592 from 1961-62.
– With 6 points, K Ryan Longwell will move into 6th place for most career points in team history. Longwell has 451 points since joining the Vikings in 2006; he trails Bill Brown’s 456.
– With 99 receiving yards, TE Visanthe Shiancoe will move into 4th place in Vikings history for most receiving yards by a TE; Shiancoe’s 1,561 yards trails Jermaine Wiggins’ 1,659.
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Here are the Vikings inactive players for today’s game vs. the Dolphins:
QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), CB Cedric Griffin, CB Chris Cook, RB Albert Young, G Chris DeGeare, DT Jimmy Kennedy, TE Mickey Shuler, and DE Everson Griffen.
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Today is the Vikings 1st home game of the 2010 season and it comes just 2 days after the 50th anniversary of the Vikings 1st-ever regular season game and win.
It was on September 17, 1961 that the Vikings officially took the field in the NFL and they did it in fashion, defeating the vaunted Chicago Bears – featuring the Monsters of the Midway – by a score of 37-13 at Metropolitan Stadium in front of 32,236 enthusiastic and football-starving fans.
In his NFL debut, QB Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to lead the Vikings to victory, completing 17 of 23 passes for 250 yards and 4 TDs. K Mike Mercer scored the 1st points in team history with a 12-yard FG and Bob Schnelker scored the team’s 1st TD on a 14-yard pass from Tarkenton.
Hopefully the Vikings will enjoy a similar fate today in the team’s 1st home game of the 2010 season, without having to use a 2nd QB, of course.
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