The QB Conundrum

Posted by cjsiewert on November 21, 2010 – 9:45 pm

Don’t let the title mislead you. If Brett Favre is healthy enough to start and play come game day – even with the Vikings playoff hopes virtually erased by way of a crippling 31-3 loss to the Packers at home on Sunday – he’ll do just that, as he’s done 295 consecutive times over his 20-year career.

But given the fact that the Vikings are now 3-7 and 4 games behind the NFC North leading Packers and Chicago Bears with 6 to play, is it time to give backup QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb a look in select situations?

Even with the 2010 season not panning out the way Favre and the Vikings would have liked, I don’t see #4 giving anything but his best effort if he continues to play. There is most certainly a pride aspect to finishing what he came here to do in the first place, and Favre has given little, if any, notion towards a lack of effort in any scenario over his 2 decades in the league.

But if the Vikings are faced with any number of situations that may award Jackson or Webb a glimpse of playing time – whether it’s an insurmountable scoring lead/deficit or just to spell Favre for a series – I don’t see anything negative happening as a result.

A significant attribute that both Jackson and Webb hold over Favre is their mobility. This could give opposing defenses a new aspect to account for when determining their game plan.

Another situation to factor in is the 2011 season. Favre has mentioned numerous times that this is indeed his last season, which would force the Vikings to replace their 41-year old QB. And with the QB position in question for next season, it could be beneficial for the organization to see what it already has in-house with Jackson and Webb.

I realize that fans may not be fond of the idea of Jackson as the Vikings QB in 2011 because of his pedestrian performances in seasons past, but the last point I will raise is that we have yet to see what he can do after nearly 2 seasons of watching and learning from a future Hall of Fame QB. We’ve all seen what that has done for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay after his 3 seasons on the bench behind Favre, and in the best situation that might translate to Jackson with his tutelage from Favre over the past 2 seasons.

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Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 21, 2010 – 7:21 pm

I know there are lots of comments and questions to get to following this weekend’s loss to the Packers, so the Monday Morning Mailbag will make its regular appearance this week.

Do you have a comment or question (that I can answer)? If so, submit them by either commenting in the space below this blog entry or by sending me an email at

Remember that we can’t post every comment and question, but I’ll answer every question that comes my way.

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Herrera May Be Lost For Season

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 21, 2010 – 4:25 pm

Adding injury to insult for the Vikings, starting RG Anthony Herrera may miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress made this disclosure during his post-game press conference, saying indications are that it’s an ACL injury and it’s possible he’ll be out for the season because of it. Herrera left in the 1st half and was replaced by Ryan Cook.

Childress did say that nothing official has been decided and an MRI will be conducted tomorrow on Herrera’s knee to determine the nature of the injury.

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Packers Stun Vikings, Win 31-3 At Mall of America Field

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 21, 2010 – 3:51 pm

Add another item to the list of confounding and disappointing events to the Vikings 2010 season because the Green Bay Packers marched into Mall of America Field on Sunday and promptly dismantled the Vikings, winning 31-3 in convincing fashion and dealing a crippling blow to playoff hopes that remained for the Vikings entering the afternoon.

The Vikings opened the scoring with a 1st-quarter Ryan Longwell FG and took that 3-0 lead into the 2nd quarter. But from there it was all Green Bay Packers, as they virtually abandoned the running game and passed their way through the Vikings defense to 31 points. The Vikings offense didn’t have an answer and managed only 300 yards of total offense and zero points after the early FG.

Green Bay WR Greg Jennings had quite the day, hauling in 7 receptions for 152 yards and 3 TDs, while fellow WR James Jones tallied the other Packers TD. QB Aaron Rodgers was 22 of 31 for 301 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs, which adds up to a pristine 141.3 passer rating.

For the Vikings, QB Brett Favre was 17 of 38 for 208 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT. RB Adrian Peterson had 72 rushing yards on 14 carries and Percy Harvin recorded 18 rushing yards on 2 tries. Harvin also added 2 receptions for 12 yards. The Vikings leading receiver was Sidney Rice, who returned from the PUP list and hauled in 3 receptions for 56 yards.

The loss is the Vikings 2nd in a row and it drops them to 3-7, a seemingly insurmountable 4 games behind both the Packers and Chicago Bears in the NFC North standings.

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Halftime: Packers 17 – Vikings 3

Posted by cjsiewert on November 21, 2010 – 1:41 pm

As I pointed out in the last game update, the Vikings defense has been looking good early in this Minnesota-Green Bay rivalry, but once again ended up the victims of pivotal big-plays in the Packers favor.

The Packers had the ball at midfield at the 6:11 mark in the 2nd quarter on a critical 3rd down attempt, and QB Aaron Rodgers found WR James Jones open down the Packers sideline for a 39-yard gain down to the Minnesota 11. Two plays later, Rodgers scrambled to buy time and completed an 11-yard TD pass to Greg Jennings, giving the Packers a 10-3 lead.

On the ensuing drive, the Vikings were in the midst of threatening to score at the Packers 41, but Tramon Williams intercepted QB Brett Favre’s pass intended for Percy Harvin and returned it 14 yards to his own 32.

With :58 remaining in the half, Rodgers and Co. went to work and the Packers QB completed 5 of 5 passes for 48 yards and a TD. The scoring play came on a 3-yard completion to Jones, giving the Packers a 17-3 lead heading into halftime.

The Packers will receive the 2nd half kickoff.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Vikings 1st half statistics:

Favre: 8 of 17 for 96 yards and an INT

Peterson: 11 carries for 51 yards and a long of 25

Gerhart: 2 receptions for 29 yards

Rice: 1 reception for 17 yards

Allen and Edwards: 1.0 sack a piece

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Packers Knot Game At 3

Posted by cjsiewert on November 21, 2010 – 1:01 pm

The Vikings defense has been looking good all day so far, but the Packers ended up the beneficiaries of a deflected pass that landed in the arms of WR Greg Jennings for a 47-yard gain.

On the play, Vikings CB Chris Cook deflected the pass intended for Jennings, but the ball eventually landed in the hands of the Green Bay receiver, giving the Packers the ball at the Minnesota 30. The Packers series came to a halt over the next 3 plays and K Mason Crosby evened the score on a 42-yard FG.

At the halfway point in the 2nd quarter, the Vikings and Packers are tied at 3 and Green Bay will start their drive at their own 20 following a Vikings punt.

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Big Plays Give Vikings 3-0 Lead

Posted by cjsiewert on November 21, 2010 – 12:29 pm

On the Vikings 2nd offensive series, QB Brett Favre made a pair of big 1st down completions and RB Adrian Peterson scampered through the Green bay defense, setting up a 24-yard FG by K Ryan Longwell.

The 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive was kick-started on the 2nd play from scrimmage as Peterson rushed up the middle and then found an open lane down the Packers sideline for a 25-yard gain.

The Vikings faced a 3rd and 12 at their own 41 and as Favre was pressured, he dumped off a quick release to RB Toby Gerhart and the Vikings No. 2 RB shook off a Green Bay defender for a 19-yard gain and the 1st down. On the ensuing play, Favre found WR Greg Lewis streaking down the Vikings sideline for a 29-yard gain down the Packers 11.

The drive stalled in the Packers red zone and the Vikings settled for the 3-point lead.

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What To Expect From Rice Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 21, 2010 – 11:12 am

Vikings WR Sidney Rice will make his 2010 season debut today after an extended stint on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list because of a hip condition. Rice’s presence in the Vikings lineup gives the offense a dimension it’s been sorely missing since last season, a presence not even Randy Moss could adequately fill.

But now that Rice is officially back and a part of the active game day roster, the question is ‘What should we expect from Rice?’

I don’t know, to be honest. Rice has been careful not to set too high of expectations for himself and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress told Ed Werder recently that 20-40 snaps might be the workload his Pro Bowl receiver sees today. On the other hand, though, this is nearly as late as Rice possibly could’ve come back to the lineup and I certainly don’t think he’d declare himself ready to play if he wasn’t truly ready.

Ultimately, given the ramifications of this game and the fact that Rice is playing for his next contract after spending half the season out of action, I expect a supreme effort from him today and I actually think he’ll score a TD. As I tweeted yesterday, Rice will be especially hand for Favre and Co. in the red zone. Remember, the Vikings anticipated working Cedric Griffin back into action slowly as he came back from a torn ACL earlier this season. But in his first action back on the field, Griffin played nearly every defensive snap.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see Rice with a similar effort today for the offense.

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Vikings Will Honor John Randle, Fred Zamberletti Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 21, 2010 – 11:02 am

Today marks the 100th meeting between the Vikings and Packers in what is truly a storied rivalry. It’s appropriate that a pair of true Vikings legends will be honored as part of the day’s festivities.

John Randle, who was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past August, will receive his Hall of Fame Ring during a halftime ceremony. He’ll also be the Vikings honorary captain and will join Vikings captains for the pre-game coin toss.

Fred Zamberletti, who has not missed a Vikings game in team history, is this game’s Honorary Viking and will sound the Gjallarhorn prior to the game.

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Today’s Inactives

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 21, 2010 – 10:30 am

Here are today’s inactive players for the Vikings:

QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), WR Hank Baskett, CB Lito Sheppard, RB Albert Young, S Eric Frampton, LB Erin Henderson, G Chris DeGeare, and DT Fred Evans.

Note that both WR Bernard Berrian (groin) and WR Sidney Rice (hip) are active for the Vikings.

Here are Green Bay’s inactives:

CB Brandon Underwood, FB Korey Hall, TE Spencer Havner, RB James Starks, LB Diyral Briggs, C/G Nick McDonald, G/T Marshall Newhouse and DE Jarius Wynn. FB Quinn Johnson will start in place of Hall.

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