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Vikings Look To Improve Production On Opening Drive

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 11, 2010 – 1:34 pm

Last week the Vikings offense finished the game in a flurry, scoring 17 points in the final 8 minutes, 49 seconds of the game to cap a 27-24 overtime victory. As great as that was to see, Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that he’d prefer to see his offense start fast rather than have to finish in a flurry.

“We’d like to start faster and get one of those first drives to get some points on the board and not put so much pressure on ourselves to have to make miraculous comebacks at the end of the game,” Bevell explained during his press conference on Thursday.

In looking at the numbers, the Vikings do need to improve their early-game offense. The Vikings are 1 of just 4 teams who haven’t scored any points on their 1st possession of the game. In their 8 opening possessions, the Vikings have punted 5 times and have 1 INT, 1 lost fumble and 1 turnover on downs.

This comes as a bit of a surprise for a Vikings offense that is relatively the same from last year. The Vikings ranked 5th in the NFL in points on opening possessions with 38. So what’s been the problem this year?

The numbers – and Bevell – suggest that self-inflicted wounds are generally the problem. Let’s take a look at the result from each game’s opening drive:

Week 1 @ New Orleans – A 3-and-out series and punt after a negative yardage play on 3rd and short
Week 2 vs. Miami – Turnover on downs in Miami territory after a false start on 3rd and 3
Week 3 vs. Detroit – Picked up one 1st down, then a negative yardage play led to punt
Week 5 @ Jets – A 3-and-out series and punt after 3 penalties
Week 6 vs. Dallas – Lost fumble
Week 7 @ Green Bay – Negative yardage play on 3rd and 3 and punt
Week 8 @ New England – No gain on 3rd and 1, then a punt
Week 9 vs. Arizona – Regained possession after INT-turned-touchback then allowed a sack on 3rd down, leading to punt

As you can see, there are too many instances where a sack or negative yardage play ruined a situation in which the Vikings should have converted a 3rd down to keep the drive going. Bevell agreed with this assessment, saying the teams goes back and looks at each opening drive to try and determine where improvements need to be made.

“As Brett (Favre) alluded to yesterday, we jump offsides, we have a missed assignment, we may drop a ball, we may not look at it right, we may miss a read. There’s a combination of things and we’re bringing it on ourselves,” Bevell said. “Our focus right now is continuing to talk about our execution and handling our business. We know what the defense is going to do. But we have to be able to react to the situations that we’re in better with our execution on a consistent basis.”

The Vikings will face a pretty good test this week as they try to improve their opening drive success. Soldier Field is typically a tough place for opposing offenses to get going early and the Bears have allowed 17 total points on 8 opening drives so far this season, which ranks right in the middle of the road compared to all NFL teams.


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76 Responses to “Vikings Look To Improve Production On Opening Drive”

  1. By chaos on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Dang. Bernard Berrian got fined 5,000 bucks for wearing those cool yellow shoes. I loved those shoes. {plus they helped him catch the ball better}

  2. By chaos on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Why isnt there a blog about the NFL cracking down on the yellow shoes?

  3. By chaos on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I have a idea. wear black shoes……and put a yellow cover over the shoes.

  4. By RCHP Vikings fan on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Red Hot Chili Peppers ought to preform at a Vikings game!

  5. By Chaos on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Totally.

  6. By silver fox 2 dallas on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Here is a perfect example of the problem that Brad childress represents for the Vikings, Horrid Horrid Horrid Play calling and he has proved it the last 8 games, our defense does outstanding and then we go three and out for about the first half and of course our defense gets tired being on the field for 3/4ths of the game and its not until its a do or die moment that we leave it in bretts hands and though he can make miracles happen its not fair for our d or for brett to have the games rest on one possesion

  7. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I agree Mike… I hope we can minimize the negative yardage mistakes and do a better job of executing plays on that first drive. It would be great to see us come out fired up and take that opening drive to the house. Good stuff Mike.

  8. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I believe we can win our final 9 games in a row… but we have to take it one series at a time.

  9. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I would love to see Sidney on that first series…. come on lets get a spark going.

  10. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Carl K- do you honestly think we can win the final 9? be honest now please !

  11. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I am ready for #18..

  12. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Yes we are a great football team.

  13. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I am not a big fan of Childress, but yes we can win 9 games

  14. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Does this team want to play? If they show up and want to play… then yes they can win alot of games.

  15. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    ok. vegas odds have us at 7 percent of winning out. if you think they can do it bet 140 dollars and get paid 2,000 if they win out.

  16. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Somebody turned the switch on late in the game against AZ.

  17. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I believe that switch is still on.

  18. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    our winning percentage on grass fields is .313 i believe Chicago has a grass field. and we lost our last 8 away games

  19. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Just have a gut feeling right now for the Vikings…. It could be lady luck I am feeling or it could be gas???

  20. By GWVikes on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Well Fire Childress….it’s time to reverse that trend isn’t it?

  21. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    fire childress – If the Vikings win this game you better say some positive things next week!

  22. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Is a 10 yard run a good play? Is a 10 yard pass completion a good play? As long as their are no penalties, would you agree those are good plays? Okay, let’s see: The center snaps the ball to the qb, who hands off to the rb, who runs thru the holes the linemen just made. Or if it is a pass… Can we agree that there are 11 men involved in every good play? So why do you blame the coach for calling a bad play when he does not snap the ball, take the snap, hand off the ball, or throw the ball?

  23. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    There is an offensive coordinator, position coaches, quarterbacks, and the head coach. All these people have a hand in deciding which play to call. So why do you blame only the head coach for bad play calling? Maybe the players just failed to execute.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe the 12-4 Vikings were happy with their season, and didn’t work out that hard during the off-season. Is that possible? Is that only the head coach’s fault. Maybe that’s what happened in Dallas too.

  25. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    i’ll say some positive things when we win the next 8 in a row

  26. By Bruce on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Interview with AP

    Q: Childress has talked about how much Chicago tries to strip the ball. Have you noticed that?

    A: Yeah. They’re kind of like New Orleans. They’d rather try to strip the ball than tackle first. That can hurt you in the long run. That’s one thing those guys do. I’ve seen it on tape. I’ve just got to continue doing what I’ve been doing; keeping the ball high and tight and taking advantage of those guys stripping the ball instead of going for the tackle.

    Q: How much of a factor has that been for the big days you’ve had against the Bears, going after the ball instead of trying to get you to the ground?

    A: I’ve seen on film more this year more than the past few years that these guys are really emphasizing stripping the ball, attacking the ball, trying to pull it out. Tillman, he’s always been that type of guy that goes after the ball. I think that’s rubbed off on the other guys.

    GEE BRAD & LESLIE, DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT WANT TO TEACH OUR GUYS TO DO THAT??? I MEAN, THE PACKERS DO IT, THE BEARS DO IT, OTHER TEAMS DO IT. SO WHY THE H E L L AREN’T OUR GUYS DOING IT LESLIE & BRAD??? ARE YOU BOTH IGNORANT OR TOO LAZY TO TEACH IT IN PRACTICE OR TELL THEM TO GO FOR THE STRIP?

    AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY WE HAVE A LOSING RECORD!!!!

  27. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Frederick – we are a team. It is not just about the coaching! everyone needs to show up and execute AS A TEAM!

  28. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    the challenge play Chilly missed was because Chilly has bad coaches in the box upstairs. Chilly hired those coaches, so Chilly is responsible !!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Is it possible that it isn’t high school football where a coach can simply bully the boys into playing well?

  30. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Fred, your moms calling. both Sane and fred still live with their parents

  31. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Is it possible that a coach can step into a situation where there is already talent? Is it possible that once that talent is gone, he really has to work hard to win? Is it possible that even a Parcells, Belichick, Noll, Shula, and Lombardi could not win with a certain group of players??? YES!!! IT IS POSSIBLE!!!

  32. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    and we had the 3rd best team in the league before the season started, and Chilly drug us down to # 28 coaching probem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! enough said !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Is it possible that THE PLAYERS reactions to a coach could cause them to lose? Is it possible that THE PLAYERS could be in the wrong? Is it possible that the media is WRONG! Is it possible for the MEDIA to have the wrong information!

  34. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    is it possible Chilly is RETAR DED

  35. By Rogerthevikefan on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    The baby bear jay seems to hurry if hit early and often so game plan destroy the little cub with the litter cublits protecting him.

  36. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Is it possible for a running back to score a touchdown without blockers like the media says at least once every NFL game? NOOOOOOOOO!—————————————————————————————————————-
    NO it’s not possible for any running back to score without blockers. “He did that all on his own.” What a false commentary! Some fans actually believe it!

  37. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Some fans actually believe that the head coach calls or is responsible for all offensive and defensive play calling!!! Perhaps they also believe he causes the sun to rise and set.

  38. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    bottom line, the players don’t want to play for Chilly and i don’t blame them. Chilly is a 2 faced lier !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fire chilly now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Some people believe that coaches only lose more games than they win the first few years of their career. After that if they have a losing season, they are just not good coaches.

  40. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    True or False. The players have little or nothing to do with the outcome of a ball game.

  41. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    bring in Brian B. now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    True. The head coach, and his coaching staff are the ones that motivate the players, choose the plays, and besides they make alot of money for just standing around on the sidelines.

  43. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    no one is listening to you fred. both you and sane will be off the site on the next vikings loss. i can’t wait

  44. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    True or False. I pay alot of money to attend NFL games, therefore I have the right to yell at the coaches, and referees.

  45. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    i don’t remember any other coach who cut a hall of fame player. enough said !!!!!!!!!!

  46. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    True. You also have the right to drive while intoxicated, drive 90 miles per hour on the freeway, and murder innocent people.

  47. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    true or false. Fred lives with his parents. TRUE

  48. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Think about this: If my philosophy is to murder someone every chance I get, what right do you have to stop me? You are discriminating against me if you speak out against me.

  49. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Frederick also managed to put Dr. Phil in a football conversation. WHO IS NEXT? OPRAH?

  50. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    everyone is laughing at you Fred. we can’t wait for the next loss to get rid of you for good

  51. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Who should choose the Coach?
    A. The Fans
    B. The Players
    C. Management
    D. The League
    E. The other coaches

  52. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    the owner, and Wilf will fire him

  53. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    No not the fans, 99.9% do not know much about football (Yes, even frederick)
    No not the players, this is what is wrong with many teams, management allows the players to run the team. It’s always losing teams that do this. This is rarely the fault of the head coach.—————————————————————————————————————————————————-
    Yes, the management has to choose, hopefully they enlist coaches, or football men to help choose the coach.

  54. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    PLEASE DON’T FIRE INSULTS AT PEOPLE, UNLESS YOU ARE PERFECT, THEN FIRE AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Do I work for the Vikings, am I a computer, do I know everything?
    ————-no, no, and, no!!!

  56. By Rick James on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Yo fire chilly, we dont want another Viking loss man! I can put up with Freddy Jones’s rainbows of positivity if it means my Vikes are gonna win! You can’t wish a loss upon your team to get rid of a blogger that is just using words. Dont get so upset over what he says…C’mon maaaaaaan!!!!

  57. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Wait a minute Frederick, you called me a name. You called me a Naysayer!———————–The truth hurts don’t not it!!!

  58. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    you definitely don’t know much about football and it shows. i bet you get paid to write on the blogs also

  59. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, indeed the truth hurts don’t not it.

  60. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    It’s the power of pinesoil honey!

  61. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    are you working for the idiot-Chilly?

  62. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    you might even be female

  63. By fire childress on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    that would explain alot of things

  64. By Frederick Jones' Husband on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Fredericka get off this dang site and cook me some supper!

  65. By Carl K on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Mirror mirror on the wall who is the most annoying blogger of them all. Frederick or fire chilly???

    I have faith that Ziggy talked to everyone from top to bottom in this organization. I trust his judgement that this team can and will win as is. We have good enough coaches and players to win 8 more games.

    THE SWITCH HAS BEEN TURNED ON! LETS WIN SOME GAMES!

  66. By Conner on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    This goes back to setting the tempo. Play with a sense of urgency. Let Favre and company develop their opening play call script on that opening drive. Do you think Favre would be fired up over that? Play with some urgency. Set the tone. As for Bernard’s yellow shoes. Jerry Glanville once said, “N.F.L.” stands for the “No Fun League” I mean, the yellow is an accent color to the Vikings uniform. Where is the Steel Curtain’s L.C. Greenwood who wore yellow shoes for years when everyone but Billy “White Shoes” Johnson wore black shoes. I hope that $5K goes to buying shoes for underpriviledged children in Minnesota or snow boots.

  67. By BuhrBuhr on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t believe I wasted part of my life reading through all these comments but the one before mine said it all! Good work Conner. Thats what we need to hope for! is Hope! Quess we’ll find out Sunday.

  68. By rocksalt on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Frederick thinks that by monopolizing blogs with his incessant,yet obtuse remarks that he is far mor intelligent than everyone else………but many have seen through his diminutive intellectual abilities and have even called him on it. He simply then refuses to engage in debate, because he cannot fully back up what he says. But then again, that is thre nature of tautalogically based arguments…..

  69. By TW VIKE on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    rocksalt- Freddy is busy, wankin it to the Sears catalog.

  70. By rocksalt on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    TWVike-
    Frederick is annoying, to say the least!

  71. By TW VIKE on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    No doubt. He and Chilly have alot in common.

  72. By Frederick Jones on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    BETTER A POOR MAN WHOSE WALK IS BLAMELESS THAN A FOOL WHOSE LIPS ARE PERVERSE. PROVERBS 19:1

  73. By ozzinator on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Fred, were you talking about Clinton or childress?

  74. By TW VIKE on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Place your perverted lips on INSANE, maybe then you will have nothing to say.

  75. By bye fred on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    fred let the big boys and girls talk football..Feel free to go play with yourself..nite little freddie

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