Vikings Offense Disciplined and Sound In Victory

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 29, 2010 – 8:26 am

In 2009 the Vikings offense featured 6 Pro Bowlers and registered a countless number of sensational plays and performances along the way to ranking 2nd in points scored. During Sunday’s 17-13 win at Washington, all 6 of those Pro Bowl players were on the field but they didn’t take the form of that glamorous and glitzy group from last year.

Instead, they were disciplined and sound, which allowed them to grind out a 4-point win on the road and snap a 9-game road losing streak. Disciplined and sound is not how you would characterize the offense’s performance over the first 10 games of the season or over the previous 9 road games, but that’s how the group played for Leslie Frazier in his first game as interim head coach.

Even with a Hall of Fame QB under center and a pair of Pro Bowl WRs split wide, Frazier and the Vikings leaned heavily on the ground game. Adrian Peterson rushed for 36 yards and 1 TD on just 6 carries in the 1st half, but left the game in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury. That didn’t stop the Vikings from running, though. Rookie RB Toby Gerhart stepped up and ran the ball effectively, and the Vikings finished with 137 rushing yards. Perhaps the best stretch came at the end of the game, when the Vikings ripped off a 13-play series that included 9 rushes for 37 yards and 3 kneel downs to take off the final 6:13 of regulation.

The Vikings offense played smash-mouth football, running the ball 38 times compared to just 23 pass attempts. At the same time, Favre was efficient passing the ball and was turnover-free. The Vikings tallied 17 first downs, with 8 coming on the ground and 8 via the pass (1 came via penalty).

Look at these numbers and I’m not sure there is a better illustration of disciplined and sound football: 0 turnovers, just 3 penalties for 15 yards, a 38-23 run-to-pass ratio, a 40% third-down conversion rate and a 33:05 to 26:55 time of possession advantage.

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17 Responses to “Vikings Offense Disciplined and Sound In Victory”

  1. By Dave on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Mike w., I couldn’t have said it any better than you just did. Great article, sums up the over all performance from the whole team today :) a little concerned about our special teams though..

    Skol Vikes!!

  2. By Dave on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Btw, great job by Toby filling in for ap, I was on of the skeptical ones about drafting him.. I was biased because I was really missing Taylor.. I will gladly eat my own words about Toby :)

  3. By Lorrie Kantor on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Great Job Coach Fraizer keep up the great job!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. By FloridaFan on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    good to finally see Brett roll out and not be a sitting duck behind a leaky oline. just wish they had started calling roll outs sooner.

  5. By arahn on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Amazing what a difference the HC adjustment has made

  6. By mr smiff on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    It was great seeing Favre close the game with a 10-yard rush. In the past he would tried to force the issue with a pass, only for it to be incomplete, or picked. That was excellent quarterbacking at the end, and everybody- his teammates, his coach, the fans- were all excited about it. I hope I see some more of that.

  7. By sigg07 on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Good job Vikings. The Big D did a great job and the offense did to. Now I think the special team must pull together to stop those long returns.And Fraizer was the Amaizer.

  8. By Adam on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    It was really great to see the Vikings just go out and have some fun…when Favre can just enjoy the game and play football he plays alot better. It was really great to see Toby get a shot, he played well. Defense played well. Getting sacks on a consistent basis now, that is making a huge difference. E.J. is playing great, Greenway is a tackle machine and our Dline has really stepped it up. The game was not perfect, but Frazier definitely has us headed in the right direction. If by some miracle we made it to the playoffs at 9-7 I think we could make a run if we keep improving.

    Skoll Vikes!!!!!!!

  9. By S. Kuhns on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Congratulations on a great win! Would like to see Hank Baskett in the game.
    Brett Farve is always worth watching!

  10. By Rick on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Luv that forward motion, great job HC

  11. By DRS on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats Vikings on the win. You looked good for once. O-lone did much better, and D-line did good work as well. Why did you not do this earlier in the season? See if you play as a team you win. Could it be that team was disgruntled with Childress and the owner was not involved with the team that the Vikings did not win the seven games?

  12. By fmfan on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    It was nice to see us continue to run the ball in the 2nd half. It seemed like more of a team WIN with less penalties and 0 turnovers.

  13. By Justin on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Funny that Wobshall doesn’t mention that the Special Teams squad nearly gave up 2 touchdowns in punt turns to that Banks player.

  14. By Conner on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    Over the past few years, when the Vikes have a small lead, they have been quick to pass the ball. Incompletions stopped the clock, and killed some drives. Yesterday, they stuck with the run. Some very good plays were made by Gerhart, Harvin, and Favre to move the chains. We played to win! Thanks Coach Frazier and staff!

  15. By Conner on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    S. Kuhns are you being funny? You want to see Hank Baskett?? He’s probably an outstanding human being but a 5th receiver at best.

  16. By Conner on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    By running as much as we did, the line looked like they were enjoy the battles in the trenches. It maybe kept the Redskins D a little off balance that slowed the Redskins rush. Brett still got hit a few times, but it didn’t appear he had the constant barrage of hits.

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