A Quick Season Review

Posted by cjsiewert on December 27, 2010 – 1:57 pm

With another day to wait for kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles due to “blizzard-like” weather on the East Coast, let’s take a look back at one of the most memorable – whether we’d like to remember it or not – seasons in Vikings history.

These are just a few of the notable events that will mark the 2010 season…

Aug. 17: Brett Favre ended all speculation on whether or not he would return for his 20th season by returning to Winter Park after a brief courting by fellow teammates and close friends Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell.

Aug. 22: The Vikings lost to the San Francisco 49ers in their 2nd preseason game, but the real story of the day was the return of LB E.J. Henderson. It was Henderson’s first appearance on the field since a devastating leg injury that ended his season late last year against the Arizona Cardinal that had many thinking his career would be ended as well.

Henderson looked like the old E.J., tallying 7 tackles in just 1 quarter. One of those tackles was for a loss, and the play was the exact type of play Henderson made regularly before injuring his leg; he knifed through the backfield and swept his arm across the legs of 49ers RB Anthony Dixon to trip him up before he got back to the line of scrimmage.

Sept. 26: After starting the season with 2 consecutive losses, the Vikings returned home to Mall of America Field where they beat up division rival Detroit Lions by a mark of 24-10. RB Adrian Peterson carried the team with a 23-carry, 160-yard, 2-TD performance, highlighted by a career-long 80-yard TD run.

Oct. 6: In an unimaginable trade, the Vikings acquired WR Randy Moss from the New England Patriots to bolster a depleted WR unit. The trade reunited the Vikings and Moss, who spent his first 7 seasons in Minnesota, and excited a fan base that needed a spark after watching its team start the season with just 1 win after 3 games.

Oct. 11: The 29-20 loss to the NY Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium marked Moss’ return to purple, but it was delayed by an hour due to heavy rain and lightning. (A sign of things to come?)

Trailing 12-0 in the 3rd quarter, Favre connected with Moss for a 37-yard TD that sparked a Vikings offense that appeared lethargic in the 1st half. The TD marked Moss’ first in purple since his departure in 2004 and Favre’s 500th career passing strike.

Nov. 7: With 4:39 remaining in the game and trailing by 14, the Vikings appeared to be on the brink of falling to 2-6 with the Arizona Cardinals silencing the Mall of America Field crowd. But Favre orchestrated his 45th-career game-winning drive by guiding the offense with a 4-play, 40-yard TD drive and another 5-play, 77-yard TD drive following a defensive hold to force the game into overtime where Longwell eventually punched through the game-winning 35-yard FG.

Favre finished the game setting new career-highs in passing yards (446) and completions (36).

Nov. 6: Just a quick as he was brought in, Moss was placed on the waiver wire. Head Coach Brad Childress simply stated, “it didn’t work out.”

Nov. 22: Childress’ tenure as Vikings head coach came to an end following consecutive losses to division leaders Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier took over as interim head coach.

Dec. 12: Due to over 17 inches of snowfall in the Twin Cities area, the Teflon roof of the Metrodome collapsed as 3 panels were destroyed. The Vikings were scheduled to host the NY Giants at Mall of America Field but the game was moved to the following Monday night at Ford Field – home of the Detroit Lions.

Dec. 20: The roof of Mall of America Field at the Metrodome was unable to be fixed in time for the Vikings next home game against the Chicago Bears, a Monday night matchup marking the Vikings last home game. The team still wanted to play its last home game in front of its fans, so the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium was shoveled out to allow the game to be played there. It took an entire week, but the stadium was readied in time for the Monday night game and the franchise was able to celebrate and honor its “50 Greatest Vikings” at halftime. Legendary Vikings head coach Bud Grant highlighted the ceremony by walking out of the tunnel in just short sleeves and was carried off the field on the shoulders of his former players.

Dec. 26: “Blizzard-like” conditions on the East Coast forced the Vikings scheduled game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field to be postponed until Tuesday night – just another weather-related schedule change for the Vikings that now seems par for the course.

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51 Responses to “A Quick Season Review”

  1. By Carl K on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    CJ – please tell me this season was just a bad dream. Someone please wake me up!

  2. By nate on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    it was a bad dream! but in aug 2011 we ll start fresh and leave all the drama of this year behind. GO VIKINGS!

  3. By Carl K on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    The only way next year could get any worse is if we have NO football. Lets get a new CBA deal done. And lets get some of our FA players signed.

  4. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Nate, we better start fresh in a month, not in August of 2011– that would be too late.

  5. By Webbistheteam on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    why does he have to remind us?

  6. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    He can’t think of a better topic to post.

  7. By romeviking on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    I feel like rip van winkle.I have been a viking fan for 48 years.I was born in the suburbs of chicago and still live in the suburbs of chicago.Have been a viking fan my whole life.Can not stand the bears.It amazes me how the tables turn in this game.It seems like Just yesterday we were winning confrence championships.Bud grant was the face of the vikings and seemend like we would never loose him.Funny the way things change.I know we couldnt have bud forever but look what we have had to try to replace him.When you are a die hard fan for a long time you see so many things, owners come and go coaches come and go players come and go.We have an owner from new jersey.A coach who probably hated us at one time from chicago bears.The bears have 3 coaches who hated them at one time and are now helping them,ex lion viking ram coaches.Maybe we need a die hard fan to run this team who would put his heart and soul into this team and bring all the right people to minnesota.Someone with compasion who hates to lose and just by his mind set and attitude when he walks into a room everybody can sense and feel his positiveness and power of a winning attitude.2010 STARTED OUT BAD WHEN WE LOST TO THE SAINTS THE WAY WE DID. Someone put a hole in our sail then and the hole just kept getting bigger.People ask me if I will still be a viking fan if they move to LA or anywhere else.I tell them of course I live in chicago.Happy New year to everybody. P.S Beating the Eagles will only help the bears and not us for the draft.No win situation for fans

  8. By romeviking on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Go vikings

  9. By vikes on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    we will do better next year

  10. By Justin on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Long rebuilding ahead of us. It won’t take 1 year but rather several years to regain stability in the team again. You can only look forward, not backward.

  11. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Disagree 100%. We will be competitive again next year.

  12. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    @justin … i disagree

    @titus … i agree

    LOL …

    seriously a couple players and coaches and we are right back in the mix.

  13. By Derek on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    What a crazy year for the players, management, and us fansOnly two more weeks left of this crazy year for the Vikings, and then its a fresh start in 2011 (Hopefully).

    Anyway, who thought the Raiders this year would be better than us? My cousins a Raider fan, and he’s been coming to my house and we’ve been watching them play! But go Vikes!

  14. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Of course we will Shawn. We can have a very good defense with just a few changes. We have the best running back in the league– with a couple changes on the O-Line and a new QB— along with Rice, Harvin and Shiancoe– this team can be very good next year.

  15. By fred smith on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    the Vikes will probably make a huge mistake in the draft because they didn’t take the time to find out if Webb can or can not lead a winning NFL offense

  16. By Frederick Jones on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Shawn is right. It will only take a few players/coaches to be contenders again in the NFL.


    1. Offensive Line: We not only need quality here, we need depth!
    2. Defensive Backs: This unit has been weak for many years.
    3. Defensive Line: We have depth here, but we could use a game-breaker here.
    4. Veteran QB: No more draft picks here, please

  17. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Starting the negativity engine and the season has not even begun? COME ON! KNOCK IT OFF!

  18. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Frederick Jones!

  19. By wisconsinvikesfan on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t care how it gets done just fix the dam problem. All new coaches next year!!!!

  20. By wisconsinvikesfan on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    This team relys too much on one single player. We need to remember that Fottball is a team sport and one player can’t win it alone.

  21. By ricefield on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey gang,

    I posted this in another topic. But…

    Still stuck in Oklahoma. Had to get new tires.

    Heading home tomorrow but won’t be in till Wednesday night.

    Sucks that the game was postponed but I should be able to catch it when we stop for the night.

    Go Vikings!!!

  22. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Mike W … Ahhh some memories of Chilly and his conjecture looking backwards it would be nice to have some conjecture looking forwards like possible FA QBs and OLmen and safeties …. or some info on nuMber of draft picks PLEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!

  23. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    lol i found Brad Childress quotes ….

    “I think we’re just playing the ultimate team game and so everybody has to be on board. Specifically, the quarterback has to be on board because that’s kind of the straw that stirs the drink, if you will. You have to feel that, it has to be ringing through. I didn’t quite get it.”

    Brad Childress

  24. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    “If a daily, ‘How you doing’ or a ‘What’s up’ is antagonistic or spiteful then I must be on the wrong planet.”

    Brad Childress

  25. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Pure genius that Chilly. The man knew football.

  26. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Injured Vikings linebacker to miss season
    United Press International

    “ The toughest part in this business is dealing with the injuries and this is no different ”

    Brad Childress

  27. By mr smiff on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings will be better next year. They will be a contender again.

  28. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    I hope he gets another job soon , he is a character …..

  29. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    “I know where his heart is in no uncertain terms. He’s looked me in the eye and told me that.”

    Brad Childress

  30. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    “He’s like a piece of gristle. He’s got a great squirt in the hole. Playing behind 6-7 guys, he’s hard to find back there.”

    Brad Childress

    I have no idea where the last 2 came from , they were on a message board titled Brad Childress Quotes

  31. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    from after the Jets game, referring to going for two:


    “Could you use one? Could you use two? There are nine and something minutes to go in the fourth quarter and typically you are going to go for two. One was the same as two. We went for two. I might not be able to give you a clear answer, but we would love to have two there.”

    Brad Childress

  32. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    When asked about trading Sage, referring to TJack:


    “Let’s talk about the game, instead of Joe Mauer’s backup.”

    “I would talk about that in the same light that I would talk about and probably more so the catcher that plays behind Joe Mauer. I know Mauer has missed games. I don’t think you have ever seen Favre miss that many. I know it’s always the provocative thing to talk about the second quarterback on the roster. But maybe history has a chance to change. I doubt it. Tarvaris gives us the best chance to win.”

    Brad Childress

  33. By Bigfan1 on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Compared to last year this year is not even worth any comments.

  34. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    I must say wherever Chilly coaches i will watch post game pressers …

  35. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly Quotes

  36. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly would be good in the movies.

  37. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe Chilly could star in an Austin Powers flick.

  38. By Titus on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    Or on Animal Planet.

  39. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    lol maybe … he is funny looking

  40. By radzinwisconsin on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    Madieu Williams has a home for sale!

  41. By Old School on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply


    You have guys on here giving a laundry list of things and changes that this team needs and in the same breath saying that we will be contenders next year!

    CLASSIC! As if all of that can be taken care of in one Draft and one Off-Season!

    Like I said……………………….BUNCH OF DUMB A#$%$# !

    This team needs a whole secondary………O-Line rebuilding…………..a F$%^&^% QB…………………….and a Coach…..because this tean feel apart under him along with “HIS” “D” !

    Have a nice New Year Dumb A#$%^%$………It will be the same as every year for you guys like Smurf and his buddy Fredrick…..”SUB-PAR”!

  42. By Old School on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, by the way, just make my point……….Hope everyone enjoys watching 2 out of the 3 teams in our division playing in Jan.. And the other team that will not be in the Playoffs “Lions” are much better than us!

    What does all 3 teams in the NFC North have that we don’t………..?

    1. Good Coaches
    2. Good “D”.
    3. Very Nice, Young QB’s.
    4. A place to play.

    Dumb A#$%%$ !

  43. By Old School on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply


    COMPLETE S$%^ !

  44. By lisa on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    tell us how you really feel. Old School……i agree with the others.. with the right changes, we will be contenders next year. A better o-line alone will do wonders. Alot of this misfortune this year was simply BAD luck, if it continues on to next year then you’re right, we’re doomed. I know it’s important to be able to deal with adversity, but this year was rediculous!!

  45. By Titus on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    Lisa, that rant is not even worth a response. No need to call others Dumb A$%@.

  46. By David Plowman on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    No need to cal others Dumb a$$&. But you have to agree with the post. The whole team needs rebuilding. I think the only two areas that could be left alone (if there are no departures) are RB and LB. The rest of the team needs a major overhaul. Oh and how the vikings have done things in the past they need to make sure AP is tied up or he will be gone just like Chester Taylor. I have been a vikings fan from NC since 1963 and this team has a long way to go to be contenders next year. And for all you Joe Webb fans, he is needed at receiver not QB.

  47. By Stoney on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    From game #1 this season, the vikes played gutless, half a$$ed football. Not much effort given (players&coaches). We lost our 3rd rd pick, that we could have used. Better get the bags ready for next season, maybe longer.

  48. By Titus on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think we are going to see the upset of the century tonight.

  49. By SmileyStar on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    I’d take it, a win against a team with a winning record. We need one of those.

  50. By meswant on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    If the offence line would at least give the qb a few seconds before the flood came in then the ball would get out to the receivers….then the receivers have to actually catch the ball……then the defence has to at least tackle……er..lots of work but it is possible to do. Lets get some guys who want to play on the roster & lets go to work

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