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Harvin, Henderson Key Vikings Hard-Fought 24-21 Victory

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 17, 2010 – 6:00 pm

Wins in the NFL are never easy and the Vikings 24-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Mall of America Field on Sunday was certainly no exception. The Vikings had just 60 net yards of offense at halftime but they used a 2nd-half surge and outstanding performances from WR Percy Harvin and LB E.J. Henderson to notch their 2nd win of the season and move to 2-3.

The Cowboys were 7 of 10 on 3rd down conversions in the 1st half and they utilized a pair of Roy Williams TD receptions to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Dallas controlled the ball in the 1st half, claiming a 9-minute advantage in time of possession and totaling 130 more yards of net offense than the Vikings.

But the tide turned in the 2nd half. And it turned right out of the gate, as Harvin took the opening kickoff and dashed 95 yards straight through the Cowboys coverage team to tally a TD and knot the game at 14. The Vikings and Cowboys exchanged TDs after that, with the Vikings scoring on an Adrian Peterson plunge and Dallas scoring on a 31-yard strike from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant.

With the score tied at 21 early in the 4th quarter, Romo dropped back to pass on a 3rd and 2 from the Dallas 22. Romo saw his TE – Jason Witten – streaking down the middle of the field wide open. He zipped a pass Witten’s way but Henderson was there to grab his 2nd INT of the game. The Vikings offense took over on the 30 and 7 plays later Ryan Longwell came on to kick what would be the game-winning FG from 38 yards out.

Leading 24-21, the Vikings defense didn’t relent and forced a 3-and-out on Dallas’ next drive. The Vikings shaved off more than 2 minutes from the game clock on their ensuing possession before Vikings P Chris Kluwe and the special teams unit pinned Dallas at its own 7 with 13 seconds to play. The Cowboys ran 2 plays but it wasn’t enough to work into FG range and the Vikings prevailed with a 24-21 victory in front of another sold-crowd at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.

Vikings QB Brett Favre finished the day going 14 of 18 for 119 yards and 1 TD with 0 INTs. Favre’s favorite target on the afternoon was Randy Moss, who had 5 grabs for 55 yards. Harvin had 3 reception for 21 yards and also 2 carries for 18 yards while fellow WR Greg Camarillo had 2 catches for 15 yards and his 1st TD as a Viking. Peterson rushed 24 times for 73 yards and the TD.

LB Chad Greenway led all tacklers in the game with 12 stops – 1 of which came for a loss – and CB Antoine Winfield was 2nd on the team with 10 tackles. Henderson added 9 tackles to his 2 INTs.

The win moves Minnesota to 2-3 on a day that saw all of their fellow NFC North foes lose – the Bears lost at home to Seattle, the Lions lost on the road to the NY Giants and the Packers dropped a home game to the Miami Dolphins.


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76 Responses to “Harvin, Henderson Key Vikings Hard-Fought 24-21 Victory”

  1. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Along way to go.

  2. By Kim Johnson on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Thank goodness they won! But I want to know, what happened to the chemistry they had last year? It was such a great year and they come back this year and it is like pulling teeth! What happened? Also, why can they not protect Brett better? They have to know that everyone will do whatever they can to get to him, knowing he is injury prone and when he has time to throw, it is great, but it seems they have not been able to defend him in the way they need to. Maybe it is just me, and I would accept any correction anyone is able to give me. Thanks for letting me vent! GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. By Justin on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    The protection for Favre is going to be REALLY important as we head into the midseason. Next week is the Packers. We NEED to protect Favre better or else next week could be his last game of his career.

    The offense still is struggling, which is a shame, but I still have hope.

  4. By Jones on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Percy is a smooth glove, I thought overall we played all right the offense still feels stale they are missing something, I believe they can play better cant wait until rice comes back it will be havoc. Bench lito the defense tackled solid, sanford did a good job taking over for abdullah. They need to keep kleinsasser to block and keep lining him up at tahi’s spot he did a decent job of picking up the blitz. No turnover for favre that was an improvement also the penalties were limited down which is another improvement. Next week another must win game.

  5. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Nice job EJ! Maybe you can show are DBs how to catch.

  6. By Paul on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Its nice to get a win. There are some things to work on but its a big win. Lets keep it going next week vs the Pack!!!! Skol

  7. By Bryan on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    E.J. Henderson is a stud. i can’t belive the high level he’s playing at considering the injury he had last year. STUD!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Minnesota 188 yards- Dallas 314. Time of possesion Dallas. We are in preseason mode still.

  9. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Our DBs still need to pick up their game. Winfield is doing alright and Allen is doing decent considering this is his second year, but the rest are playing poorly. According to the announcers all three TDs scored against us were under the coverage of Sheppard (I only took note of the last one when the announcers pointed this out). The safeties were getting beat as well. For all I can tell they are in deep zones for the majority of most games, and still they let receivers get beyond them.

    Hopefully we’ll see an improvement in defensive play when Cook gets healthy, which sounds like it could be in time for the Green Bay game.

  10. By Gary of ClovisNM on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    We needed that. I should say I needed that as I live in Cowboy territory.
    The O-line needs to protect the QB and also open doors for Peterson.
    I don’t know why Favre took the sacks as he could have thrown the ball away.
    How come more recievers aren’t involved?
    Good job DEFENSE. My day was made when the ego infested Cowboys went down!

  11. By Dave on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Whatever.. It wasn’t a pretty win, but I’ll take it! Skol!!

  12. By BeezyB on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    “Maybe you can show are DBs how to catch.” You aren’t lying, TWVIKE.

    We are going to have to force more turnovers if we are going to keep giving the ball away so much on offense.

    Special Teams and Defense saved us today. I’m so happy to have EJ back. He’s truly a beast.

    Offense needs to get their spit together. Mainly our soft offensive line.

  13. By Rick on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    The fact is we “won ugly” today, which essentially means we got a little lucky with the penalties and big plays (2 ints and Harvin’s kickoff return). While Harvin is certainly mega talented, we can’t bank on such gifts being given to us every week. We have to generate more offense than 118 passing yards and 96 rushing yards. Those stats typically won’t result in a W.

    Other posts ponder why our offense is so much less potent than last year and attempt to make the case that it’s because Sydney Rice is still out. This is surely NOT the case. The great Randy Moss should now be enough of a big play threat to open up the offense with all the other weapons we have, but even he has not yet been very effective. Thus, adding Sydney Rice will not change the results. This is because the offensive line is a literal sieve and Favre doesn’t have enough time to wait for plays to develop that could utilize the great talents of his receivers. His only consistent option at this point is to throw the quick inside slants for 4 to 6 yards. If he tries to wait and do more, his 41 year old body will get nervous and he’ll throw interceptions.

    Last year in the first half of the season, Favre was just sitting back in the pocket for many seconds without even getting touched. He had supreme confidence in his offensive line. His feet (and mind) were quiet. This year he’s looking around for rushers almost from the moment the ball is snapped and his feet are happier than a tap dancer’s. He can’t get any rhythm.

    Along the same lines, there are no inside holes for the greatest running back in the NFL to shoot through. Subtracting Adrian’s big plays, he’s typically being held to 3 yards a carry instead of 4 or 5 as in past years. I don’t know why they ran him in inside on every play today. There were no pitch outs. He’s faster than he’s ever been and has demonstrated he can get around the outside (remember the 30 yard end run against the Jets). Why keep running him up the middle when there aren’t any holes?

    In sum, we’ve got all the talent we need at the big play positions. Now, it’s all about shoring up the offensive line. If we do not, we will not make the playoffs, plain and simple.

  14. By moorevikes on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    it’s wins like this that get me in trouble here. we all know that was an ugly win, chilly should still be collecting unemployment on monday, and brett favre should have stayed retired (not completely his fault- our oline sucks, i know but come on man you can tell he is 41). not saying tjack is better but i will say he can avoid some of that rush. now with all the negativity i’m sure there will be a few people that say “can’t you be positive after a win?” well let me answer, no i can’t. we beat 1-3 dallas team that beat themselves. now we win next week, week after, week after that; then i’ll be like sweet we beat some good teams.

  15. By Bryan on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    cracked the last beer of the weekend and [sigh] ,tomorrows monday…. THANK GOD WE WON!!!!!!!! Pleasent Dreams Vikings Faithful!!

  16. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Keep AP in on 3rd down, throw him some screens. You must keep AP involved in the game. He never seems to get going.#34 in on 3rd down, the Cowboys were really scared. This was luck, nothing more. Vikings188 yards- Cowboys 314 yards. 188 total yards, that is not going work every week.

  17. By Skol_Vikings on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    I know Bretts the man and all… but could we see T-Jack in the first half for a series or two and maybe put Webb on the roster against a weaker team just to see? Maybe giving Favre a bigger rest will help, then T- Jack can scramble a bit, and throw the opposing defenses off a bit?

  18. By fire childress on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    imagine how good we could be if the offense actually scored points, instead of having to rely on special teams and the defense getting turnovers

  19. By Bryan on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    I have watched the highlights from this week (6) and have noticed that it is in fact possible to protect your quarterback. Most of the other NFL teams seem to give there quarterback adequate time to make good decisions. As the rest of you I am more than a little frustrated with the Vikings Offensive front line!!!! Favre looks shaken on his plays, he looks scared, and seems to no longer be acting out his play actions or pump fakes as he did last year. These actions are suppoed to confuse the defense and prevent our offence from transluecentsy. Our offence is rushed, therefore predictable, and as far as the new deep option to Moss…….doesn’t matter if a play hasn’t any time to develop!! I just don’t see us able to use Moss as he should be.

    Anyone else feel this way!!??

  20. By Bruce on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    PLAYCALLING. PLAYCALLING, PLAYCALLING! WHAT KIND OF MORON CALLS A RUNNING PLAY THAT PULLS YOUR RIGHT GUARD OFF OF HIS BLOCK TO MOVER AROUND TO THE LEFT SIDE CONSEQUENTLY LEAVING HIS BLOCK TO HIT AP DEEP IN THE BACKFIELD? STUPID! STUPID PLAY!!!

  21. By preacher on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    maybe we should trade for chester taylor, the bears aren’t using him and we can sure use a third down blocking back.

  22. By Bruce on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Bryan you are exactly right, thier practices should focus on protection! Their play calling should be focused on protection. They MADE A BIG MISTAKE GETTING RID OF TAYLOR! AT LEAST HE COULD HELP PROTECT FAVRE!

  23. By Stoney on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    The vikes have still NOT played a good game this season.

  24. By Bruce on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    I STILL CAN’T GET OVER THAT RUNNING PLAY THEY CALLED WHERE THE RIGHT GUARD LEFT HIS ASSIGNED BLOCK TO MOVE AROUND THE CENTER TO THE LEFT SIDE. AP NEVER MADE IT OUT OF THE GATE BECAUSE THAT RIGHT GUARD’S ASSIGNED GUY NAILED HIM! THAT WAS A PEE WEE PLAY NOT A NFL PLAY!

  25. By Beverly Barninger on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Totally agree Bryan! Give Brett credit for a great game despite the weak O-line

  26. By Bruce on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES? BRAD, CAN YOU PLEASE PRACTICE ON PROTECTION AND PICKING UP BLITZES?

  27. By daniel on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    if i were childress, i would put 2nd string o line in. atleast they would play unlike those fat worthless mofos that are in there now. vikes do have a chance, but if they do get anywhere, their downfall will be that pathetic o line!

  28. By sean on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    hey Vikings!! what about Micheal Vick?? Bret favre is going to be retired after this year and kevin kolb is going to steal his job back.Think about Micheal Vick and Adrian together with moss as the finisher crazy of you think about it ?teams would not know what hit them. Let me know what you think people !!!!

  29. By fire childress on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    M. Vick may not be available, if the Eagles give them the money he wants.but they already gave Kolb a big contract, so can the Eagles afford to keep both? i hope not, lets pay Vic 10 million a year and bring him here !

  30. By Woodboat on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Sean… I’d say that there is no chance the Vikes could pry Vick out of Philly, but I said the same thing about getting Moss, so….

    Rick… I couldn’t agree more. The poor O-Line play is the root of all the teams problems. Favre can’t get comfortable behind them at all, and therefore the O can’t get rolling. If the O doesn’t score, the D is under pressure and our injured secondary in overmatched.

    Moorevikes… just take the wins as they come. They may be few and far between, so enjoy them. :)

    Skol Vikings… and other Jackson proponents… I’d truly hate to see Jackson in the game throwing the ball into the dirt. His interceptions would probably be lower than Favres because he doesn’t get the ball anywhere near any of the other 21 guys on the field. He folds under pressure… you think he’d do well with this O-Line?

  31. By Rye on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Much needed win today. Now we just need to go into Green Bay and take that game! It could be a major turning point.

    One thing I was wondering is why the vikes don’t do more screen plays? The few they do seem very effective and it seems screens would naturally slow the defensive rush on favre. Just an observation.

    I am happy and hope this is a sign of great things to come. Lets get that win at Lambeau.

  32. By Woodboat on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Daniel… the 2nd string HAS been in there. Cook and Cooper are 2nd stringers, both have tried to fill Sullivans shoes and have fallen well short. We need Sullivan back and we need Loadholt to start playing like the 1st RT selected in the draft SHOULD play. Personally, I think he’s too slow to play at this level. He has bad feet and bad hands. It’s a wonder Favre gets any time at all to throw the ball.

  33. By Woodboat on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    I know, Rye. You’d think a screen play would work like a charm. It isn’t like the opposing D Line would sniff it out… they are blowing through our line so fast now it isn’t likely to seem suspicious to them if they were allowed to come on a screen.

  34. By miko on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    we got the win. but i still see a lot of flaws in our defense. our defensive line isnt getting to the quarterback as fast as they used to last year. our corners (Lito Sheppard) are once again questionable for the 3rd straight year. Luckily there was a lot of good open field tackles or this could’ve been even worse.

    Our offense is definitely nothing to brag about either. We have so many threats on our roster that we’re not utilizing. our offense can be as dynamic as the eagles. You would think Chilly would figure that out since he was a teacher’s pet to Andy Reid. USE MORE SCREEN PLAYS.

    THANK GOD WE HAVE PERCY HARVIN

  35. By Loren on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Brett played smart and safe.Its a miracle we won with that O- line.Reminds me of the Washington-Philly game.Great defense.E.J. will make the Pro-Bowl this year.

  36. By purple nurple on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    When Chilly was asked about being predictable on play calling he responded,”SSSSSSSCCCCCCCHHHHHUUUUUUUUULTZ”

  37. By fire childress on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    that means yes in chilly language

  38. By Susan on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hmmmm, let’s see: Packers lose, Lions lose, Bears lose and VIKINGS WIN! Packers are shaky, maybe because of the injuries; Lions are improving, so beware; Bears were exposed and not so tough; Vikings may have found their mojo, so things are looking up! Percy reminded me of Desmond Howard in Super Bowl XXXI … very exciting kick return!! Brett might seem a little preoccupied with personal matters, but that should be resolved soon. I think this team is just about ready to gel … they are going to be SCARY GOOD when they do!! Go, Vikes!

    GOD BLESS THE RUTGERS’ PLAYER, ERIC LeGRAND, WHO WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED YESTERDAY AND IS PARALYZED FROM THE NECK DOWN.

    Too many dangerous hits today in pro football as well: Helmet to helmet, helmet to chest, etc. The NFL needs to get tough and address this issue ASAP!!!!!!!

  39. By Old School on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Look, it was a Win, but it was ugly. I’m just not that excited about right now. This team won, but it was more like an escape. Unless our Offense gets it together by next week, we are still going to finish….let’s say 8-8. We have no secondary and no Offensive line…..I thought that our secondary was the worst unit on this team but I think its the Offensive line. Favre is a close third. I would love to see a change at QB at this point. If our O-Line is not going to block and our RB’s and Tight-Ends are not going to pick up the Blitz, then we need T-Jack in there to move around in the pocket!

  40. By rocksalt on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    We won, but our O line looked terrible!
    Favre had little time, and the pocket collapsed regularly. Favre also took too many hits. AP has no holes to run through.
    Our D, aside from EJ, looked average., gave up too mkany big plays.
    THIS TEAM NEEDS TO WAKE UP!

  41. By dmac32 on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you, Susan, for making this point. The rest of the division lost. We are only 1.5 games behind Chicago with a game next week against GB. I haven’t seen the Vikings play a complete game all season, so hopefully this will be the one, given Farve’s extra motivation. Call me crazy, but I still think that the team can go 11-5 (10-6 is the absolute worst). Have you all seen the 2nd half schedule? I know that I’ve been bashing Farve all year, but I will give him credit…he did not lose this game for us. (That fumble was not his fault.) At this point in his career, all we need Farve to do is manage the game. He needs to stop holding onto the rock and taking unnecessary sacks, too. Lito Sheppard didn’t play that bad either. I know that, on one of those TDs, he was in great position, and Romo made a great throw.

  42. By GWVikes on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    If Favre does not get better protection he will not make it thru the season. Our O line is horrible. They ought to be ashamed. O line will be the key to the rest of this season’s success. How do you teach them to give a sh*t?

  43. By TexasViking on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    A win is a win, so we will take it. However, the team still looks sluggish, there is not pep, and no energy. The play calling sucks. The reason, Childress. They need to fire Childress. He is leading this team into the ground. Chilly, can you at least pretend to look like you know what you are doing on the sidelines? You always look like you are so lost. Please someone fire this idiot! Our season is going to be over sooner than it should be with this idiot coaching. Someone needs to step up and lead this team before this turns out to be a season we all want to forget…..

  44. By Ryan on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    We will be facing a pass happy team next week our secondary better be ready besides winfield our other corners are going to have a long day next week if they cant cover we need cook back. I hope allen destroys rodgers again very worried about our secondary next week. BENCH LITO he will be targeted.

  45. By Rick James on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    It wasnt all on the O line. Blitz pickup was an issue in this game for sure. I agree that they didnt look very good, but you gotta credit the Cowboys defense, they are good. Some people are saying the Vikes d looked bad. I disagree, I think the D looked good against an explosive offense. When was the last time we had 2 ints in one game? Wasnt pretty but we got it done!

  46. By Pharewynd on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Percy!! Whatever was said during halftime in the locker room was well worth it to “fire up” this team. The O-Line needs some desperate help… Loadholdt/McKinney are like a couple of hippos treading through water. Get some people that CAN/WANT to play to win. And if they think that AP can run straight through the line, it was proven wrong yesterday. What happened to screen plays so he can get in the open field and run?? What happened to blitzes yesterday, oh there were none that I saw. We are going to have to go after Rodgers alot in order to not allow him to throw into our secondary. It’s gonna kill us if that happens. He has an arm on him and is a HUGE threat to our team. Lito Sheppard is too short to play against 6ft.receivers also. Get someone in there that is tall and can jump and make a play please…

  47. By Meekay on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    I thought Favre did look better last night. The O-Line problems were definitely more apparent this time. Definitely an improvement over last week, though. Hope the Cooks get back next week, we’re going to need them.

  48. By Stoney on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    OLDSCHOOL, TJ blows, forget about him, he is not an NFL QB. Favre is not at fault, he has no time, the O-line sucks! D-line better get after Rodgers. Jared, where are you?

  49. By CA Norwegian on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Attention Old School… The Vikings are 1 game back in the loss column from the division leader, duh bears. We need to avenge last years defeats to the bears. I do not know how far we can go, or who will survive the injury axe, but I do know there are lots of games left to play, so the season is not over. Sure there are difficulties, but it would not be sport if they had none.

  50. By CA Norwegian on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Funny how welcom back Randy became welcome back EJ. Irony…

  51. By CA Norwegian on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    When they are obviously sending everyone and bunching up, we need to direct the ball quickly…laser lateral to the wideout. (WR) Joe Webb and let him run/pass option to a MOSS,RICE,HARVIN,etc. Or if Favre is hurt, let Webb take snaps and outrun the pursuit. When Vick took over at QB it really changes the way the D plays QB pursuit. We should take advantage of our athleticism (Webb) to the same end.

  52. By purple08 on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah let’s put Webb in…a guy who is a receiver first and has never played an NFL game against a number 1 defense. Barely knows the offense either. That would be real smart. He needs at least 2 more years. Coach Childress did a great job keeping the team focused after a tough loss and a short week. Tired of all the couch potato coaches dissing Childress. You guys don’t know what you are talking about. Let’s leave the coaching to the pros jer koffs!

  53. By Purplefan on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    for the past few weeks, Vikes are struggle to protect Farve, need to improve on this as season go on… some things can work on like Peterson must learn how to catch better in the back field

  54. By GOLDVIKE on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    WELL RYE AND WOODBOAT I’M GLAD I’M NOT THE ONLY ONES THINKING ABOUT THOSE SCREENS.

  55. By rocksalt on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Rick is right

  56. By QB on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    If Rice comes back healthy in a couple weeks, I’d sure like to see Kleinsauser line up in the backfeild with Percy on third down. Kleinsauser to pick up blitz and Percy to really fill the void left by Chester Taylor. With Percy back there to take a screen to the house, it will draw in those linebackers in and open up slants, outs, for Moss and Rice.

  57. By chaos on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    since our o-line is sucking and our special team blockers are pwning. let our special teams block for favre

  58. By chaos on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    i just had this brilliant idea…. first down run AP up the middle. second down run AP to the right. third down run AP to the left. FIrst down run AP to the right. second down to the left. then pass to moss.TD! three and out. then mix it up a bit. AP run left. harvin up the middle. first down moss on the outside. run AP some more. then throw….brilliant aint it.

  59. By chaos on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    then the next game run it the same way.

  60. By chaos on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    etc.etc.etc. then in the super bowl against the jets we suprise everyone and throw to moss for a TD on first down to keep them guessing.

  61. By chaos on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    blog here to make me your new coach

  62. By Jon from Vegas on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Didn’t get to see the first half, but watched the entire second, and we looked a little sloppy but our pass rush was better. and EJ beasted it up. but why havne’t we used Shiancoe as much?! i see kleinsasser being used more than Shianoe and that mans a great tight end so I don’t really get it. Favre is still scared to let the ball fly. but other than those 2 things, I’m glad harvin is back! playing like he was last year.

    packers – lose
    bears – lose
    lions – lose

    VIKINGS = WIN… SKOL
    great sunday

  63. By Control on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Chaos, you are a clown…AND loving it!

  64. By Stoney on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    I agree ugly win, no two ugly wins and 3 ugly losses, 5 ugly games. The vikes have not showed up for 1 game yet this season. The players and coaches, nobody looks prepared.

  65. By rocksalt on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    just plain ugly so far this season

  66. By still believe on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    first, congratulations. secondly, why don’t we utilize tarvaris more like give him a few plays (wildcats for example) to throw the defenses off

  67. By larry2 on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Tavaris is exactly where he needs to be, holding a clipboard.

  68. By vlad19 on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    I think, despite some hard earned criticism, we have not been hard enough on that sorry offensive line – some suggest a scheme issue or a missed blitz package…. (Wobschall). The fact is, the line is bad. And using Cook as the excuse is weak excuse – Sullivan is worse. This group is UNable to open the holes, can’t get the big push necessary, and our tackles are anchored in the ground. McKinnie made his first Pro Bowl last year and got kicked off the team for partying and not coming to practice… About shows the gamesmanship this arse has. Loadholt is just happy to say, “I am still learning…” Herrera is overmatched when he has tough blocking asignements and Hutch is not impressing anyone – stunt his side and he and Cook will double-team the inside and give up the roll around tackle/LB every time. Favre has 2 seconds to throw the ball – can’t get it done this way. Favre will be in pine box before the year is out – and Jackson will assure madness and losses… you want BETTER? Get that line’s head out of their wazoo!

  69. By vlad19 on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    As for defense, Frazier is happy to be in standard set and not very creative attack – small blitz package, and still they are playing pretty good football – not great, but not bad. If I had my wish, I would drag Allen out for his inadequacy this season… does he have a sack yet? One accidental when the tackled b;locked down as QB was stepping up to run, and I think he got a 1 1/2 yd sack… ONE. They are disciplined and statying in their lanes, but not causing much havoc, and that is what great defenses do – they shake the team to the ground and capitalize on rushed football – mistakes are made and turnovers had. We almost agree to this civilized form of football that makes me impatient.

  70. By vlad19 on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, yes, I can’t forget the “stellar” play of Ben Lieber… take a seat Ben or pick it up. When you do not notice a LB on the field except for the failures, he is NOT doing his job. You recall that 4th and 1, Edwards does exceptional job of engaging and getting tackle to push inside, leaving Lieber to mash Barber ALL BY HIMSELF – justr run right through the man’s body and drive him to China… but what does Ben Lieber do, sticks onto him like a remora and and hangs on, dragging him to the ground a yard beyond the first down mark…. Oh yes, that hard-hitting “monster” is anything but. WUSSED big time and it was one on one, and NO inside option for Barber… and that lady-like play is the best he can muster? Rather see Erin Henderson than that garbage! Play like a linebacker, not a maitre’d….

  71. By Bruce on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Chaos, I was a football coach and the main problem is play calling and protection. Some teams use run plays to open up the pass but this team thrives on passing more often and then that drops the linebackers back and AP can get 5 or 10 yards easily. Also, because we lost Chester Taylor, our blitz pickup has been terrible. Couple that with offensive lineman who miss their assigned blocks and you have a recipe for disaster for Favre. Favre is getting hurried WAY WAY TOO MUCH! And it is Brad’s responsibility to fix this protection problem and stick with the play calling that get’s first downs on a consistant basis.

  72. By vlad19 on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Well said Bruce – playcalling is very predictable and protection is embarrassingly bad – and it began last NFC champ game vs NO… They chewed us a new one and Favre paid heavy price…. But beyond the pass protection, they can’t open holes. Here is a suggestion, get rid of Tahi – a typical Chilly man crush, NO football ability and only a “surpise” offensive weapon…. Jeff Dugan, thank goodness he sees little time out there these days…. Jim Kleinhopper – ENOUGH already. Ouor BIG package is half our problem – they aren’t getting the ball downfield. Too slow and little will to handle athletes. Get rid of those battleships on tackle, and get me 340 lb athletes who can MOVE and push people… OUR guys are as valuable as Oak trees on the football field! Get those moves done, get Rice back and we have a fast offense that can churn and burn for a change!

  73. By purple08 on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Vlad: don’t dump on Kleinsasser, he is one of the best blocking TE’s in the league.

  74. By rocksalt on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    Well said both Bruce and Vlad…….
    Boith of you have elaborated on key weaknesses both offensively and defensively……these issues, if not corrected, will surely prevent us from making any kind of winning run.

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