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Week 5 NFC North Roundup

Posted by cjsiewert on October 10, 2010 – 8:19 pm

All 3 of the Vikings divisional foes were in action Sunday afternoon, so let’s take a look at how things shook out…

Bears: Following a poor offensive performance in last week’s 17-3 loss to the NY Giants, the Chicago Bears used a 1st quarter scoring outburst to defeat the Carolina Panthers 23-6 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Despite a dismal performance from backup QB Todd Collins – 6-of-16 for 32 yards and 4 INTs – the Bears relied on the ground game and an unyielding defense to top the Panthers. RB Matt Forte amassed 166 yards and 2 TDs on 22 carries while the Chicago defense intercepted Panthers rookie QB Jimmy Clausen 3 times. One of those INTs came on an acrobatic deflection by former Panthers DE Julius Peppers who finished the game with 4 tackles.

The win improves the Bears to 4-1 as they move into sole possession of 1st place in the NFC North. Chicago will host the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

Lions: The Detroit Lions came into Sunday’s matchup against St. Louis without a win and weren’t about to let the Rams continue that trend. The Lions ended their 4-game losing streak with a 44-6 blowout victory over the Rams.

With the game tied 3-3 early in the 2nd quarter, Lions KR Stefan Logan received the football 5 yards deep in his own endzone and took it the distance for a 105-yard kickoff return, giving his team a 10-3 lead. Logan’s kick return sparked a Detroit scoring route that saw 3 TD passes from QB Shaun Hill, 48 and 47-yard FGs from K Jason Hanson and a 42-yard pick-6 from CB Alphonso Smith.

Hill finished the game completing 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards and 3 TDs. Lions rookie RB Jahvid Best carried the ball for a team-leading 67 yards on 18 carries while former Vikings WR Nate Burleson hauled in 4 receptions for 56 yards and a TD for Detroit.

The Lions, now 1-4, will travel to the New Meadowlands Stadium next Sunday to square off against the NY Giants.

Packers: In an intriguing matchup between 2 of the NFL’s best QBs, Donovan McNabb rallied the Washington Redskins to a 16-13 come-from-behind OT victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Maryland Sunday afternoon.

The Packers led the Redskins throughout the game until Washington K Graham Gano punched a 45-yard FG through the uprights to tie the game at 13 with 1:07 remaining in the 4th quarter. The score would remain 13-13 at the end of regulation, giving way to OT play.

The Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive, but quickly went 3-and-out after a 3rd down sack by Redskins LB Brian Orakpo. McNabb and Co. managed to drive the ball down to the Green Bay 45 on the ensuing series, but Packers DT Brady Poppinga ended the drive with a sack.

The Packers started their 2nd drive in OT at their own 19 but on 2nd and 5, Rodgers’ pass intended for WR Greg Jennings was intercepted by Redskins S LaRon Landry. McNabb and Co. started their drive on the Green Bay 39 following the Landry INT and drove the football down to the 15, setting up Gano’s game-winning 33-yard FG.

With the loss, Green Bay falls to 3-2 and will face the Miami Dolphins next Sunday at Lambeau Field.


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Monday Morning Mailbag Moves To Tuesday This Week

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 10, 2010 – 1:25 pm

With all that has happened around the Vikings over the past week or so and with a Monday Night Football game on the schedule this week, we’re going to move the Monday Morning Mailbag to Tuesday. This will allow us to tackle every issue you might have on your mind.

So, if you have a comment/question, submit it/them to the vikings.com Monday Morning Mailbag by sending an email to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net or by submitting it to the comments section below this entry. Remember to include your name and town with each email.

We can’t post every comment/question, but I’ll respond to every question.


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Part II: 2,000 Yards For Peterson?

Posted by cjsiewert on October 10, 2010 – 10:24 am

Vikings All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson’s first reaction to the news of the team acquiring Randy Moss from the New England Patriots had him surprised as anybody else.

“What!” Peterson explained of his reaction during his weekly press conference prior to Friday’s practice.

The trade for Moss brings an obvious improvement to a Vikings offense that has been feeling the effects of WR Sidney Rice’s absence. The benefits of Moss’ addition will not only help the receiving unit, but also the Vikings potent rushing attack.

Despite facing 8 and 9-men fronts in the box on defense, Peterson has still managed to put up impressive numbers, averaging 130.7 YPG. But with Moss now out wide, how will defenses approach the star-studded Vikings offense?

“Defenses have to pick their poison,” Peterson acknowledged. “To make the offense more dynamic, definitely give us that deep threat and open up the run game.”

Back in late August, I mentioned the possibility of Peterson reaching 2,000 rushing yards this season – a bold prediction, as many of you exclaimed to me – but now with the addition of Moss, which may force defenses to spread the field to accommodate the deep threat, is that milestone more realistic?

According to my Minnesota math, at the pace he’s going at right now – averaging 130.7 YPG – Peterson would finish the season with 2,091 yards. Those numbers come with defenses loading the box; so imagine what type of numbers “All Day” will put up against a standard 3-4 or 4-3 defensive front.

The combination of Moss and Peterson on the same offense comes this Monday night against the NY Jets. And the blitz-heavy defense of the Jets may provide a nice gauge as to how this All-Pro RB-WR tandem will fare for the Purple over the next 13 regular season games.


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