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 vikings.com 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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