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.
Tags: Percy Harvin, Randy Moss
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