Another Jets FG Gives NY 12-0 Lead

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on October 11, 2010 – 9:12 pm

Following a Brett Favre fumble on the Vikings 1st offensive play of the 2nd half, the Jets took over at the Minnesota 47-yard line and proceeded to drive the ball down to the 17. The Vikings defense put a halt to the drive – its 3rd red zone stop of the game – resulting in a 34-yard FG from Jets K Nick Folk, his 4th of the game.

The Vikings trail 12-0 mid-way through the 3rd quarter.


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Vikings Trail 9-0 At Half

Posted by cjsiewert on October 11, 2010 – 8:56 pm

NY Jets K Nick Folk has provided all of the scoring for his team with 3 FGs in the 1st half, giving the Jets a 9-0 lead after 30 minutes of football in East Rutherford, NJ.

The Vikings are having a tough time getting any production out of their offense against a Jets defense that has allowed only 3 Minnesota 1st downs. The Vikings are 0-5 on 3rd down and have tallied a dismal 51 yards of total offense on 21 plays compared to 206 yards on 45 plays for the Jets offense.

Vikings QB Brett Favre is 3-of-7 for 31 yards while RB Adrian Peterson has carried the football 8 times for 34 yards and a long of 15. The highly anticipated union of Favre and WR Randy Moss has connected on only 1 pass for 19 yards (targeted 3 times).

The Vikings defense has been the bright spot for the Purple throughout the 1st half, holding the Jets offense to 0 TDs despite reaching Minnesota territory 5 times  – 2 inside the 10-yard line. The 2 near-goal-line stops for the Vikings held the Jets to a pair of FGs, limiting the NY offense to 9 points.

The Jets will receive the football at the start of the 2nd half.

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Jets Tack On 3 More Points, Recover Fumbled Snap

Posted by cjsiewert on October 11, 2010 – 8:30 pm

The Jets finished off a 7-play, 33-yard drive with a 53-yard FG by K Nick Folk, his 2nd of the game. Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson continues to be the workhorse for the NY offense with 8 carries for 60 yards.

On the ensuing series, the Vikings seemed to be getting their offense moving after a slow start, but QB Brett Favre fumbled a snap on 1st and 10 on his own 43-yard line that was recovered by Jets LB Bart Scott.

The Jets lead the Vikings 6-0 late in the 2nd quarter.

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Jets On The Board First, Up 3-0

Posted by cjsiewert on October 11, 2010 – 7:45 pm

The NY Jets struck first in tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup with a 25-yard FG by K Nick Folk. The Jets started their scoring drive on the Vikings 40-yard line and rode the rushing attack of veteran RB LaDainian Tomlinson, who has 34 yards on 4 carries.

Favre and Co. will take over for their 3rd series of the game trailing 3-0 in the 1st quarter.

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Kickoff Set For 8:15 PM CT

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2010 – 7:06 pm

The rain has subsided (for now) and the lightning is gone (again), so it’s almost time for some football. Kickoff between the Vikings and Jets has been reset for 8:15 p.m. CT.

Both teams are on the field warming up (again). Fans are filing back into the stadium (again).

Join us around kickoff time for the in-game chat.

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Game Time Moved To 7:50 P.M. CT; Might Be Delayed Again

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2010 – 6:15 pm

There was just an announcement in the press box that kickoff for tonight’s Vikings-Jets game has been pushed back 20 minutes to 8:50 p.m. ET.

Rain and thunderstorms hit the New Meadowlands Stadium hard about 45 minutes ago but now the rain has stopped and there is no lightning.

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more updates and don’t forget to join us for the live chat.

UPDATE: Lightning and rain have returned. This is getting old. Fans have been directed back to the concourse and the teams are back in the locker room. As our friend Paul Allen would say, “Doh-kay!”

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Heavy Rain Falling In East Rutherford

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2010 – 5:45 pm

Heavy rain is falling in East Rutherford, NJ and fans inside the New Meadowlands Stadium have retreated to the concourse for drier conditions. Coaches and players have done the same and the in-stadium video boards are now requesting fans remain inside the concourse until further notice due to lightning.

It’s very possible that kickoff will be delayed due to the weather conditions.

Stay tuned…we’ll update you when we get more info.

UPDATE: The lightning warning has been taken off the in-stadium video boards and some fans are shuffling back to their seats. The Jets are on the field doing a pre-game stretching routine and the Vikings remain in the locker room. The rain is still coming down hard. Stay tuned…

ANOTHER UPDATE: Vikings players are now on the field. Rain still coming down.

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Vikings Inactives

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2010 – 5:00 pm

The Vikings have announced their inactive players for tonight’s Monday Night Football game. They are: QB Joe Webb, WR Hank Baskett, S Tyrell Johnson, CB Chris Cook, RB Albert Young, C John Sullivan, DT Fred Evans and DE Everson Griffen.

Other changes to the lineup include Randy Moss starting in place of Bernard Berrian and Ryan Cook getting the nod in place of Sullivan.

As expected, CB Darrell Revis (hamstring) will be in the lineup for the Jets.

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Vikings Arrive At New Meadowlands Stadium

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2010 – 4:05 pm

The first set of buses have arrived at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and the venue is as beautiful as advertised. It looks as if there’s not a bad seat in the house and the parking lots surrounding the stadium are jam-packed with tailgaters. Tonight’s atmosphere will be electric.

Be sure to stick with us during pre-game festivities for all the latest news leading up to kickoff. We’ll have the inactives for each team about 90 minutes prior to kickoff and then we’ll also be live chatting during the game.

Right now the skies are clear and we’re hoping the rain will stay away. We’ll be back with more later…

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Emptying Out The Vikings-Jets Notebook

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2010 – 11:35 am

Coverage of the Randy Moss trade has dominated, and rightfully so. But this has caused us to adjust somewhat our coverage of the Vikings upcoming game against the Jets. As a result, a few things we typically would’ve mentioned were overlooked. So, since I’m sitting in my hotel room waiting to head to the stadium, now is a good time to empty out the notebook to make sure no stones go unturned.

Here are a few Vikings-Jets related thoughts to ponder while you’re waiting for the work day to end and Monday Night Football to begin…

– Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan is a defensive mastermind and he has his work cut out for him with the Vikings offense. But Ryan won’t be intimidated because he has complete confidence in his group and his group thrives on that confidence. A big part of Ryan’s defensive strategy is applying pressure on opposing QBs, which they do primarily via an array of blitz and pressure packages. No team dials up more blitzes on 1st down passes than the Jets, who bring it 54.5% of the time in such situations. On 2nd down passes, the Jets blitz 56% of the time and on 3rd down the Jets blitz a league-high 83.3% of the time. The Vikings must be buttoned up in their protection schemes and also in their hot routes to counter-act this heavy blitz behavior from the Jets.

– Earlier this week Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he thinks turnovers will factor into the outcome of this game. This is a bit concerning to me because the Jets have just 1 turnover so far in 2010 and the Vikings have forced 5 turnovers in 3 games, not a terrible amount but something Frazier would certainly like to see improved. I think the best way for the Vikings to generate turnovers against the Jets will be to force QB Mark Sanchez to beat them. While Sanchez has played well to this point in the season, I’d rather force him to pass than watch the Jets running game and powerful offensive line have its way on the ground.

– I believe both teams will try to establish the run offensively, despite the Vikings addition of Moss and the fast start by Sanchez. Given this, and given how well each team plays against the run, I think 2nd down passing becomes a key factor in this game. I’m anticipating both offenses will be forced into passing situations on 2nd down to get back on track in the down-and-distance department. Defensive statistics to this point in the season favor the Jets in this facet of the game. They are allowing a passer rating of just 37.5 on 2nd down passes, while the Vikings are yielding a respectable 78.1 rating. Whichever offense can figure out how to beat the defense in 2nd-down passing situations will have a leg up on the ever-important 3rd down.

– Moss isn’t the only WR making a “return” of sorts on Monday night. Moss returns to the Vikings but the Jets welcome WR Santonio Holmes to the offense after trading for him this past offseason and having him sit through a 4-game suspension. That suspension is over and so is the Jets wait to see how he fits in with the offense. Holmes was targeted 7 times by the Steelers offense against the Vikings last year. While the Vikings defense allowed him to tally just 2 catches, the point remains that Pittsburgh’s offensive coaches though Holmes could expose the Vikings defense. I’m guessing the Jets offensive coaches are along the same line of thinking and will try to incorporate Holmes into the offensive attack. I don’t know how the Vikings will defend Holmes – exclusively with Winfield or not – but I do know it’s important for Frazier’s group to find a way to contain the WR. He has a nice combination of size, speed and hands. He can work the middle of the field, the sidelines and the deep route. He is also a possible punt returner for the Jets special teams unit.

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