Fans can watch a replay of Sunday’s dramatic 28-24 loss to the Packers on NFL Network on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. CST via NFL Network’s “NFL Replay” program.
“NFL Replay” offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, 75-minute, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.
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Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress told reporters on Monday during his weekly day-after-the-game press conference that Brett Favre has 2 fractures in his left ankle – an avulsion fracture and a stress fracture – and that the QB is in a walking boot.
At first blush this is obviously not good news for the Vikings and the offense, but the good news is Favre doesn’t need surgery and Childress wouldn’t rule Favre out for next week’s game at New England. Favre’s status this week was termed “day-to-day” by Childress and the Vikings head coach also said Favre’s current games-played streak does not give him more leeway than is typical.
So all eyes will be on Vikings practice this week as many will try to speculate on Favre’s playing status based on how much he does or doesn’t practice. Asked if Favre would need to practice in order to play, Childress was a little vague in saying “My experience is most players need to practice.”
But being vague at this point is the way to go because a lot will happen between now and next Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Hopefully a lot of healing will happen, too.
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It’s natural to be negative coming off a tough loss like that in Green Bay where we had opportunities slip through our grasp numerous times. And there are some things for the negatives out there to harp on, but let’s take a look at a few positives from Sunday night’s game…
– Fans. The Vikings faithful were well-represented at Lambeau Field on Sunday night and I appreciated seeing that. Those Vikings fans in attendance nearly saw an improbable upset and come-from-behind victory that would’ve been the highlight of their season. Going into Lambeau Field and winning is a great feeling and the Vikings almost did it again this year. There were tons of Vikings fans there that would’ve enjoyed it.
– Adrian Peterson. Another reason the loss is so tough to take is that Peterson had such a good game, both running the football catching it. Green Bay couldn’t stop him and when all was said and done Peterson had 131 yards and 1 TD on 28 carries along with 41 receiving yards on 2 receptions, including a huge 15-yard reception with under a minute to go in the game. Peterson was breaking tackles, running away from defenders and slicing up Green Bay’s defense. Also the offensive line was run blocking well to open up holes for Peterson. The Vikings ground game is in good shape as we head to New England next week.
– Percy Harvin. What a monster for the Vikings, both on offense and special teams. Harvin lines up in the slot, in the backfield, out wide, he motions, he shifts, he’s a dangerous kickoff returner. On Sunday night Harvin had 41 rushing yards (and a 17-yard TD) on 3 carries, he had 65 receiving yards on 5 receptions and he had 81 kickoff return yards on 3 tries. And he nearly had a dramatic game-winning grab in the back of the endzone that would’ve haunted Green Bay for years. As good as it is to see Harvin carve up defenses, it’s just as good to see the Vikings coaching staff’s ability to properly utilize him.
– Antoine Winfield. He’ll go a bit unnoticed because he didn’t have any splash plays, but he was terrific against Green Bay. Winfield played a lot in the slot and that means he played a lot against WR Donald Driver, and Driver was held without a catch. He’s one of Green Bay’s most reliable offensive weapons and he’s had a catch in over 100 straight games, but Winfield took him out of the equation.
– Offensive line. I thought Vikings QB Brett Favre had good protection for most of the night. In combination with RBs and TEs, the Vikings offensive line did a good job of picking up Green Bay’s blitzes and they did an excellent job of run blocking for Peterson and Toby Gerhart. This part of the Vikings has taken on some criticism as of late and against Green Bay they were solid. I can’t help but think that part of it is because of C John Sullivan’s return to the lineup.
– Toby Gerhart. It’s been a bit of a slow start for Gerhart since he arrived here last spring, but that’s the best I’ve seen Gerhart look. He did a great job with blitz pickup and pass protection and he had a nice burst with the ball in his hands. Gerhart had 24 yards on 5 carries and he also had a 6-yard reception. More important than those numbers, though, is that Gerhart looked quick and comfortable with the ball. I like what I saw from him and I look forward to watching him continue to develop.
– Creating turnovers. The Vikings defense has been very good in 2010, but the one criticism they’ve taken on has to do with creating turnovers. But against Green Bay they forced 1 fumble and also intercepted QB Aaron Rodgers twice. The Vikings play great “bend-but-don’t-break” defense, which is great, but a key to that style of defense is ultimately coming up with turnovers after stretching out the opponent’s drive. That’s what they were able to do against Green Bay and it’s something they’ll need to continue to do going forward.
– Chad Greenway. He led all defenders in the game with 12 tackles and he also forced a fumble. Three of Greenway’s 12 tackles came for a loss, too. He’s been all over the field this year and last night was no exception. Going a step further, Greenway has come off of 2 serious knee injuries, which is exactly what CB Cedric Griffin is doing right now. Griffin needs to look no further than his very own teammate for inspiration in his rehab.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, John Sullivan, Percy Harvin, Toby Gerhart
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We’ve just arrived back at Winter Park after quick flight home from Green Bay following the tough 28-24 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field. It’s a hard one to take because there were so many opportunities lost – or taken away from us – and we had the ball with a good chance to win it at the end.
Another reason I’m especially loathing this loss is because of all the good things the Vikings did in a tough environment. Adrian Peterson made mincemeat out of Green Bay’s defense, carving them up for 131 yards and a TD on 28 carries plus 41 yards receiving on 2 catches. That adds up to 172 yards on 30 touches (5.7 yards per touch). Percy Harvin displayed his versatility, hauling in 5 receptions for 65 yards while also gaining 41 yards rushing and 1 TD on 3 attempts and tallying 81 kickoff return yards on 3 tries.
WR Randy Moss found the endzone, RB Toby Gerhart had his best performance since being drafted by the Vikings last April, the special teams unit was solid again, the defense held Donald Driver catchless and Green Bay averaged just 3.7 yards per rush.
But it all adds up to a loss. QB Brett Favre, as good as he was in leading the team down the field in the final minutes, had 3 INTs and one of them was returned for a TD. Green Bay scored 14 points off of those 3 INTs and the Vikings had several other opportunities slip through their fingers. TE Visanthe Shiancoe had a TD reception called back after it was challenged, Harvin had 2 TDs taken away from him and I’ve been told by several people that Green Bay’s 2nd-quarter TD should not have counted.
I’m sure we’ll re-hash the game over-and-over again over the next day or so, but the bottom line is the Vikings are a 2-4 football team that must travel to see the New England Patriots next week in what will be another crucial game as the Vikings try to get out of this funk.
I’m heading home to get some rest for now, but I’ll be back in the morning with another edition of the Monday Morning Mailbag and with several other blog entries. It’ll be painful for a while, but we’ll get over this loss and then get on to figuring out how to defeat the Patriots, a team that is playing very well right now and features one of the best head coaches (Bill Belichick) and QBs (Tom Brady) in the NFL.
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