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Passing Offense Comes Alive, But Too Little Too Late

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 12, 2010 – 2:02 am

A spark in the Vikings passing offense came just in time to trigger a furious comeback in the 2nd half at the New Meadowlands Stadium, but the inadequacy of the passing offense in the 1st half was just too much for that spark to overcome, as the Vikings fell 29-20 to the NY Jets on Monday Night Football.

The Vikings passing offense ranked 8th just a season ago, but the explosive outbursts that helped the Vikings produce such a dangerous have been absent for much of the 2010 season and they were certainly absent in the 1st half of Monday night’s game. The Vikings concluded their first 5 drives with punt and saw the 6th drive end on a bobbled QB-center exchange.

QB Brett Favre and Co. were finally able to turn it around, and the turnaround came in time for the Vikings to make a game out of it. The Vikings defense played superbly all night, holding the Jets to 6 punts and 5 FGs in their first 11 possessions.

The Vikings scoring binge began when Favre found newly-acquired WR Randy Moss deep down the right sideline for a 37-yard TD, a play that seemingly ignited the Vikings offense; the play also marked the 500th career TD pass for Favre. Minnesota scored 2 more TDs on outstanding receptions by 2nd-year WR Percy Harvin, but it wasn’t enough and the Vikings comeback attempt came up just short.

On the Vikings last-ditch effort to tie the game with a FG or take the lead with a TD, Favre had his pass intended for TE Visanthe Shiancoe intercepted and returned for a TD, sealing the Jets 29-20 win and sending the Vikings home with a 1-3 record.

There is a lot to breakdown from this game and not a lot of time to do it because the Vikings have a short week coming up with Dallas coming to Mall of America Field on Sunday. We’ll dissect the loss Tuesday – with help from Brad Childress’ 3:00 p.m. CT press conference – and then we’ll quickly move on to preparing for the Dallas Cowboys.


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14 Responses to “Passing Offense Comes Alive, But Too Little Too Late”

  1. By Siyrah on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe I’m just being optimistic, but the way they moved the ball in the second half against a top ranked defense… I’m actually excited and still have hope for our team. Even at 1-3, after another week for Favre to get familiar with Moss and every other week leading up to a game.. I think they can and will greatly improve. Favre threw 3 tds and around 225 yards in the 4th quarter alone.. if they can play even close to that throughout a game.. I think Vikings are still a possibility for a superbowl. Sure Brett threw a INT at the end… but if I’m the coach, I’d be more focused on trying to stay out of those situations. Play to win, don’t play to not lose.

  2. By larry2 on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Actually, this was the only one of the upcoming tough 4 game stretch that I was worried about. The Jets are possibly the best team in the league. I’m pretty confident that the Vikes will beat an overrated Cowboys team, an injured Pack team, and a very young Pats team. After that it only gets easier. Really, the only thing I’m worried about is a possible suspension for Favre.

  3. By fmfan on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    3 more turnovers for Favre (2 fumbles and a pic6) which gave the Jets 13 points. We lost by 9 points. We have turned the ball over 10 times and Favre did 9 of them (6 ints, 3 fumbles).

  4. By Vegas Viking on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Check out this article, I think Silver is right in what he’s saying and he’s usually really tough on Favre. I’m not making an excuse for him tonight though, that last pass was a back breaker, no doubt about it, but I saw enough good things to think things are only going to get better.

    GB will lose next week to Miami without Rogers and Finely, they’ll be 3 and 3 and we’ll be 2 and 3, suddently it doesn’t look so bad, does it as we all know Chicago is not for real.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AuwsTCp2Uc1uOrXAfzDjaQQ5nYcB?slug=ms-footballneversleepsvikesjets101110

  5. By Just Win on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    fmfan, Ditto!

    Also all I can say is “Thank God for Jenn Sterger”. She might actually be the main reason we save our season. Hopefully Favre gets suspended immediately for the rest of the season. Then we can finally have T-Jack go in and win some games for us. It’s so painfully obvious that Favre no longer has what it takes, which is why we’re 1-3 and not 4-0.

    Go Jenn! Go Commision Goodell! Go T-Jack! Go Vikes!

  6. By Dude on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    @Just Win…I agree with you, hopefully Brett gets suspended for the rest of the year. What a dumba$$, sending pics of yourself to women.

  7. By rocksalt on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s not be stupidly optimistic……this team has glaring issues that have been exposed (not just brett’s weewee)

  8. By vikingsfan4life on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Wilf family, I really hope it was worth it to bring back the oldman “brett favre”, when you should have left him at “HOME” !!!! the money that you guys are paying him to lose is just unreal,wow he got his 500 TD’s and 70.000 yards milestones, but he always seems to find a way to lose the game for us with an “INT” every time..and as for all you people out here saying it’s not his fault ???? wake up it is his fault and only his, he can’t hit a WR that is wide open but he sure can hit the definder everytime for an “INT”..we are 1-3 and with the teams we still have left to play we will be lucky if we get into the playoff’s with a wild card..thanks alot oldman favre they should have left you at home the season is over thanks to you..

  9. By vikingsfan4life on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    I say sit the oldman “FAVRE” down put tjack in and let favre be a cheerleader from the sidelines pay him for this year and then send him home to retire he already got his little milestones…it’s just unreal that we are at 1-3 with all the good players we have on the roster, but I guess it don’t do us a bit of good when we have a QB that is as old as my grandma is and he can’t throw a ball 10 yards to an open WR..favre you suck !!! GO HOME !!!If we don’t get and put in a new QB favre will keep throwing those INT’s and we go 1-15 or 3-13 at best..I hope the wilf family like’s pouring money down a hole because that is what they are doing with favre..

  10. By Robins on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know why we can’t protect Brett this year. Last year we did it! Try throwing when you are on your back! The third quarter reminded us of how great our team can be. They just need to start that way. Losing Sidney and Chester has really showed us how important they were to the team. With Randy here the whole week and Sidney coming back soon, we should see more of their greatness. Percy looked great last night. Continue like you played in the third quarter and we will be great! It is easy for people to get mad at Brett for throwing interceptions when they are home on their couch. It takes a whole team to win or lose. Be great next week and beat the Cowboys!

  11. By Bleedin Purple on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Definately a disappointing loss, but that was the hardest team on our schedule and if it wasn’t for the “Come on man!” bobbles with the snap we win that game. Great D all night long. Griffin going down again really hurt though. Not to mention the 2 dropped INT’s but we were in the game. If Farve hits Harvin on that 2nd an 10 with 1:39 left to play we’re in FG range and we pull off the come back. Shiancoe’s little curl route on the Option play was a bad choice for him and Favre. I predicted us going 3-1 in Oct. hopefully we can still make it happen. As long as Favre can play like he did in the majority of the 4th quarter ( 225 pa yds and 3 TD’s) We can still possibly take the division definately need to get it together though Favre. We haven’t given up on you yet

  12. By rodney on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    common guys the first play should be put in the playbook.Moss to favre did not see that one coming good game vikes….The vikings are getting fired up..Lets all support them and the coaching staff..Brad has alot on his plate

  13. By rodney on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    lets stick together fans support our team they can still do it..

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