Sunny Side Up

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 12, 2010 – 9:55 am

The Vikings 29-20 loss to the NY Jets last night on Monday Night Football is disappointing, don’t get me wrong. Offensive futility in the 1st half was a major bummer, a long kickoff return by Brad Smith following a Randy Moss TD in the 3rd quarter was a buzzkill and QB Brett Favre’s game-ending INT was a heart-breaker.

But there were also some positives to come out of the game, and here on the Blog we’re going to take a look at them. That’s how we roll. There is plenty to be negative about and there are plenty of people who will – justly in some cases – point those negatives out. So let’s take a look at some positive aspects of the game and see if the Vikings can build on them as they prepare to face the Dallas Cowboys this week.

Defensive effort: Over the course of the offseason and into the preseason, one aspect of the team I’ve consistently talked up to people is the defense. The defense has been an improving and excelling group under assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and for some reason I felt this group would be outstanding again in 2010. So far, that’s exactly what they’ve been. Through the first 3 games of the season, the Vikings defense allowed just 31 total points. Against the Jets on Monday night, the defense was consistently playing on a short field and they consistently held the Jets out of the endzone, ultimately forcing 5 FGs and forcing the Jets to go 0-4 in the red zone and 0-1 in goal-to-goal situations.

Randy Moss’ debut: Have you ever seen a story with as much excitement and hype as the return of Moss to Minnesota? I’m not sure I have; it might even top Favre signing here before the 2009 season. Regardless, Moss’ debut was actually pretty solid. He went up against a talented CB all game long in Antonio Cromartie. The Jets new their stud CB, Darrell Revis, was coming back from a hamstring injury, so they opted to use Cromartie on Moss – the Vikings best WR – instead of Revis. While Cromartie won several battles throughout the game, Moss was a factor, especially in the 2nd half. It was his 34-yard TD reception that sparked the Vikings 2nd half comeback. In total, Moss had 4 receptions for 81 yards and 1 TD; he was targeted 10 times. There will be better games for Moss, but all-in-all it was a solid debut for #84.

Percy Harvin’s highlight grabs: Harvin led all Vikings receivers with 5 receptions for 97 yards and 2 TDs and his pair of scores came on outstanding plays. The 1st TD came on a 3rd and 19 from the Jets 34 when Favre rifled a pass toward Harvin in the back of the endzone. Harvin leaped, extended both arms above his head, snagged the ball from the air and then dragged both feet in bounds before being shoved out of bounds. It was a remarkable play and a clutch catch. Harvin’s 2nd TD came on 1st and 11 from the Jets 11. Favre lofted a pass in front of Harvin and the speedy 2nd-year WR raced to the football, reached out and hauled it in just in time and his momentum carried him away from a defender. Harvin shifted that momentum forward and wound up in the endzone for what was a huge TD that made the score 22-19 in favor of the Jets (Ryan Lognwell’s PAT was good, making the score 22-20).

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  1. By Robb on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    I agree, we did a lot of good things, but man, we haven’t improved on anything since our first game. Farve and our recievers are still not fully in sync. Our D-line is playing limp, and our play calling is horrible, not to mention our time management (shouldn’t we have maybe figured out if we wanted to go for 1 or 2 on the extra point before we actually got the touchdown instead of wasting a timeout and looking like we didn’t know what was going on?). Where is the “now or never mentality” that Childress and Wilf have been talking about? Why aren’t we using Joe Webb. The guy is probably the most athletic player on our team, and is the biggest target if we use him at reciever. I think we should throw him or Tarvaris into the mix at least a few plays… give the opponent something else to look at. After all, it is all or nothing. I think we as fans need to really start thinking about what is going on with this organization. We have so much talent… yet never seem to pull through.

  2. By FloridaFan on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    I disagree Robb, they have improved from the first game. they finally have a deep threat at receiver, Harvin is back in the slot where he belongs. there were still several throws where they were not in sync but the explosiveness is back in the offense. They still need to find a replacement for Taylor, which is more devastating then the Rice injury. If AP can learn to pick up the blitz and they just eliminate the procedure penalties, the team will be fine.

  3. By JJ on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    2 Weeks to prepare for the Jets & thats how they come out playing. I know Childress loves the run & plays conservative football but come on, with all the talent at the Receiver position, lets play!!!

    Childress should be head coach for the Bills cuz thats what they like to do.

    & Favre is laughing his $20M ass all the way to the bank. This guy doesn’t have it this year. His year to retire was last year. You dont’ have 2 magical years in a row. Vikings are done!!!!

  4. By vikeslife on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    could of would of but didnt win the game!props to moss,harvin,farvre thou offece and defece sucks!vikeslife!

  5. By vikeslife on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    i forgot should of!!

  6. By Happy on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    The offense played pretty well in the second half, even the O-line was better. I thought the defense did a great job all game. Favre’s tendinitis does not help us at all. Maybe T-Jack has to play a little bit here and there. He can hand it to Adrian as well as anyone and maybe could throw a bomb to Moss? I don’t know, just saying that Favre needs to get his elbow healthy to have any hope of some wins in the future. Congrats on the 500th touchdown by the way!

  7. By vikeslife on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    favre and vikes gave this game away sanchez and j-e-t-s can be beat for sure lets go v-i-k-i-n-g-s

  8. By vikeslife on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    t-jack-ass-sucks and edwards let him walk to a touchdown he didnt want to hurt is pretty little toe nails.put in joe webbb he siker then all them #14

  9. By vikeslife on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    the quetion what are they going to about it they thought that the saint was a fluke and same results this year nothing changed same results last years game against the saints!they look like a keystoned cop movie!tom and jerrey cartton they need to do somthing and do it now or same results!

  10. By rocksalt on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply


  11. By rocksalt on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    These athletes are highly paid, highly skilled professionals. It is unacceptable for them to play so poorly for 3 quarters.
    We expect other skilled professionals doctors, teachers, plumbers, electricians, etc to show up and get the job done. We should expect no less of our team.

  12. By Viking Dave on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    500 touhdowns and 70000 yards. SO WHAT! 2 fumbles and 1 interception, that’s the real story!!!! Bret Yo

  13. By chris on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Farve should have retired last year. As a Packer fan you now get to live through the bs we used to put up with. Randy moss is not the answer unless your ooking for a 30 something washed up part time reciever. Have a great season

  14. By cole on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    what is Steve Lacroix’s email

  15. By Bigfan1 on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings were much improved over previous games and I actually got the sense that they’re “BACK” after the Moss TD. They obviously need more tweaking and time is advancing, but honestly their schedule is brutal and there has been no blowout, I think they are still a viable candidate for a playoff run if they get their act together. I don’t think the Vikes are utilizing everyone they should, Joe Webb is sitting on the sidelines, this is the biggest waste in the NFL, he has too much talent to sit, he has to be the fastest QB in the league. Wake up Vikings management if pro football is all about business then a good player should be on the field and not in the wings.

  16. By Why on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Coach Childress,

    Why must you suck ALL of the time? When you come out with a two tight end set, everyone knows you are doing an off tackle run. Yes AP is the best running back in the league, but we also have the best receivers in the league, please adjust accordingly. Stop giving AP the same 2 plays over and over again, exercise him to his full potential.

  17. By Maclong on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Two words. COACHING SUCKS. If you take a look at what the Vikes are struggling at it all points to coaching. #1 picking up blitzes, #2 penalties, #3 special teams, #4 play calling. The team is never prepared for any team they face. It seems that the oposing defenses know exactly what plays we are going to run. All the sucess that the ofensive has had is based solely out of talented players referring to AP and Farve. If we had coaching that new how to put a good game plan together and call plays utilizing our Awesome talent there would be no stopping the Vikes. But I don’t see that ever happening with Childress. I can’t believe the owners gave this joke of a coach a contract extension last year. Now we will have to suffer through another losing season next year before the owners may have enough insight to fire him. I feel bad for all of the great players on the team.

  18. 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

  19. By Robb on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    and Florida Fan, if we’ve improved then why are we 1-3. We’re way better than that.

  20. By Torano on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    It’s game time with Dallas. The Vikings got their swag back. Keep AP active even when the passing becomes effective. I notice they drop AP out of the game, sell the pass one or twice and go back to AP. The dude can catch too. Something that might help…KISS. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. Run..pass…USE ALL YOUR WEAPONS.. BE VERSATILE VIKINGS. YOU GUYS GOT THIS!!

  21. By j. maye on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    A.P. needs to be given the ball in open space continually, not just from the hand-off

  22. By kevinwi on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply


    You’ve got the Harvn Highlights incorrect….first pass was 3-19 from the 34 on a crossing route which harvin beat Revis and ran in. Second was 11yd TD in the back of the endzone.

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