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Emptying Out The Vikings-Cardinals Notebook

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2011 – 7:49 pm

Before we turn our full attention to this weekend’s matchup against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, let’s empty out the notebook from last Sunday’s 34-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals…

Harvin is good at everything
We discussed last week that Percy Harvin has been delivering for the Vikings offense both on the ground and through the air. On Sunday he also delivered in the run blocking game.

“The way he blocked yesterday, was incredible to the point where he is going to receive a game ball for that,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday. “He didn’t have the big numbers from a catching standpoint, but the things he did, in blocking for Adrian Peterson, Adrian had a great day, but some of those things wouldn’t have occurred without Percy.”

Harvin had a key block against Cardinals S Adrian Wilson to set Peterson free for a 24-yard TD dash to make the score 14-0 midway through the 1st quarter.

“It doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, but you talk about being an unselfish player, he is a star player, but he is going in there, taking out linebackers, taking out safeties and some of these plays were designed for him to do just that. He never complained, when you watch him block you say ‘man is he a wide receiver or is he an offensive lineman?’ He did such a great job for us.”

Sherels solid in punt return role
Marcus Sherels was among the group of young DBs who stepped up to contain Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald. But he also made important contributions in the punt return game, something he’s been doing for all of the 2011 season. Sherels is averaging 15.2 yards per punt return on the season, which ranks him 5th in the NFL. On Sunday he had 2 returns for 45 yards (22.5 yards per return), including a 22-yard return from the Arizona 40 to the Arizona 22 that set up a Peterson TD 4 plays later.

Winfield “day-to-day”
An outstanding effort from the young Vikings secondary kept Arizona’s passing attack in check with CB Antoine Winfield on the sideline because of a neck injury. But the Vikings don’t want to get too used to playing without Winfield. There’s no denying the defense is better and the secondary deeper with Winfield in the game.

It sounds like Winfield’s status will be tenuous again this week, but it also sounds like he’s improving.

“We are hoping to get him back,” Frazier said Monday. “We will learn more as the week goes on, but I know he is getting better. I was talking to our trainers today and he is making progress, but it is kind of day-to-day.”

Fantastic Fans
Fans who attended the game deserve credit. They came out to support a winless football team and they were a big reason why that winless team is no longer winless. The Vikings defense played lights out, especially early in the game, and the defense and home crowd fed off of each other. The result was a great environment for the home team, and an impossible environment for the visitors. Arizona’s offense had trouble operating, and the main beneficiaries were DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison, who each had 2.0 sacks.

“Our fans were terrific today,” Frazier said right after the game. “They always have been. I think our players really appreciated the noise they created that made it very difficult for the Arizona Cardinals football team. I’ve always told our players, I really believe we have the best fans in the National Football League and I thought it was evidenced today. It was on display.”


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52 Responses to “Emptying Out The Vikings-Cardinals Notebook”

  1. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Wow- lots to be anticipating. Harvin, then Sherels, then Winfield day to day, then fantastic fans.

    What the???? What is missing by omission tells me what Mike really thinks of this team.

  2. By billbobagons on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I sure hope McBad has a really bad first half and they put in Webb or Ponder. Not that I have anything against McBad but why waste this year and next year with a QB that is way way past his prime or with a QB with no game experience so next year is another learning year when this year could be. There is way to much talent at the skilled position to have all the throw at there feet with McBad. The O line is not very good and a young more mobil QB would be so much better.
    With the O line also why not start the 3 youngster now so they can be much better next year with the OTA and this years playing time. Ap will not be here forever and do not waist another year, Start now for the sake of the team.

  3. By Arrow86 on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Sherels is a great story. I can’t say enough how I wish him continued success! Let’s hope Antoine recovers by Sunday. We need another great push from the d-line to get Cutler on the run. He had no protection last night in Detroit, and he still moved the team down the field.

  4. By Shawn on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I wish we’d empty Donovan McCant throws locker …

  5. By VegasVike on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, it was 75 degrees in V Town, not a cloud in sight. Absolutely a gorgeous day, I spent the whole day outside. Did some yard, pool clean up and a little painting. I really enjoyed my day, Mike’s warm and fuzzy articles made it just that much better. Please don’t take that away from me, not today!
    Hahaha! I actually did do all those things and it was a perfect day. I don’t read the articles anymore, I just blog for the camaraderie with y’all. If the articles reflected reality we’d be 6-0 now, not 1-4.

  6. By VegasVike on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    You want a QB that used to work at a gas station Bill? Lol

  7. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Vegas– we have been in the 80s the past week! It was almost 90 about a week ago– I am out cycling in shorts every day and sweating like crazy. Feels like July here. What I thought strange in this article was nothing about our QB, nothing about our record, nothing about our Defense, nothing about our O line, and nothing about our great WR (except for Harvin who is incredible, but he does not seem like the WR’s I am use to on the Vikings like the Carters, or Moss, or Reed, etc.

  8. By Viking Pride on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I am a Vikings Fan Win or Lose! Get on for the ride or get off! McNabb is the QB and leader of the team! If you don’t believe get off and stop being negative! Watch out the Vikes are on a roll and it is time to be supportive and not so negative! McNabb is a mentor and great leader! Billibogons watch out cause McNabb and the Vikings are ready to prove you wrong. Are you really a Viking Fan? We will prove the negative people wrong! Go Vikes – We are on a roll and watch out!

  9. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    HEY– I LIKE THIS PURPLE PRIDE BLOGGER! A TRUE FAN!!!

  10. By Mike B. on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Viking Pride I am sure every fan here is on for the ride, but it doesn’t hurt to be critical of some poor play and that our record is not stellar. I think that’s natural. I am with you accept what you can’t change and let’s see what happens. Chicago is ripe for loss time to go to Chicago and pick up a win. Goo Vikings.

  11. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes will roll over the Bears on Sunday evening and everyone will start asking, are the vikings for real?

  12. By Parody on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Viking Pride – As long as he’s wearing Purple and Gold, I want McNabb to play like a superstar in every game. Unfortunately, he has yet to prove that he can come anywhere close to that. We have two young QBs on the team with a lot of potential for a future with the team. Since the old vet isn’t cutting it, most of us would rather see the team start seeing what they can do with the young potential rather than wait it out with a QB who has no future with this team.

  13. By Mike B. on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody Us fans don’t have a say in what QB starts or not. We can point out weakness, but ultimately we grab our horns and cheer the team that is on the field. Unless something changes the Coaches mind that QB is going to be Mc Nabb. So grab your horns and get ready for a game in chicago. Monday we can be critical.

  14. By Parody on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Right now, the stats indicate that the only offensive player we have on this team is Peterson. Guys like Harvin, Shiancoe, Rudolph and Jenkins are getting nowhere near the stats that they deserve. That all comes back to the QB not getting the ball in their hands. Harvin was a rookie of the year and his stats this year are pedestrian! Jenkins was a quality free agent addition with great hands, but he gets little to nothing for targets! Shiancoe is one of the best receiving tight-ends in the league, but he’s getting no chances either! And now Rudolph has the potential to fight for another Rookie of the Year award for the Vikings, but the QB is making that completely impossible by not sending him the ball…excuse me, testicle.

    Stop protecting your testicles so much McNabb and just start whipping them down field! Give our receivers a chance to show you how soft their hands are! They’ll handle every testicle you drop on them and it will lead to so many happy endings!

  15. By CA_Viking_fan on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t let up! Intense practices. Be warriors until the game clock goes to zero!

  16. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Mike and Prlp Pride– praise goes a lot further in motivation than booing. I will cheer McNabb to the Superbowl. Come on everyone, let’s sing!!!
    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    As you can tell, I am a bit torn between being a purple pride fan and a fire childress fan — why do you not put a different QB in, when the starter is playing so poorly? WHY? WHY? WHY?

  17. By Mike B. on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus I am just being realistic. Unless Coach Frazier changes his mind. McNabb is it. Got accept what you can’t change and cheer the team and hope McNabb plays better. Take care

  18. By JJ on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I dont see the point in playin McNabb in a season in which we wont get to the SB. Might as well let Ponder start the rest of the games and get some experience before next year. Oh wait… Dan Marino might be coming out of retirement next year… meh.

  19. By Shawn on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Umm we are 1-4 and McNabb cant throw a 10 yard pass …. we beat the cardinals and McNabb cant throw

    If your thinking optimistically right now then you are accepting failure … when something is wrong or broke you fix it

    McNabb needs to ride the pine because he is broke and will receive no support from me unless he plays like the professional 13 year vet hes supposed to be

    KEEP BOOING MCNABB UNTILL HE STOPS LAUGHING AT HIS FAILURE AND STARTS CRYING ON THE BENCH !!!!!!!

  20. By Shawn on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I think TRUE fans enjoyed the win but saw 1 glaring weakness that will prevent any REAL success …

    I think REAL fans will continue to demand a higher standard and stop accepting complete failure

    McNabb has been a complete failure and I will not stay quiet

  21. By Shawn on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    All of you supposed real fans argued with me over Chilly – Tjack – Berrian and now McNabb

    When will you get fed up ? When we are 2-8 ? 3-8?

    It will be too late then to jump on the wagon …

    Im tired of supporting a losing team peacefully … 30+ years since a super bowl is BS

    No Super Bowl wins is BS

    McNabb is BS

  22. By BleedingPurpleinAlaska! on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb has to go! Ponder or Webb need to play right now. There is no way we are beating the Bears with McDuck in the game! I have watched this team and been a fan since 1968 and I can tell you we are losing to the Bears as long as he is in the game, period!

  23. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I can guarantee you that if we had a good quarterback, we would be 5-0.

  24. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    And I will go on a limb and say, if Favre had come back this year, we would be 3-2.

  25. By Titus on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    And now I am way out on a limb, getting scary, oh oh, a bit windy way out here on this thin branch, but I am out here and I am predicting 4-4 at the Bye.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Arrow86,

    There are many Marcus Sherels fans in Minnesota. In addition to being quicker than lightning he is a classy guy. He always hands the ball to the referee after using it !

    That is something I would like to see from all the Vikings players.

  27. By PAUL M. on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’M HAVING A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING WHY TEAMS HAVEN’T ATTACKED THE LION’S FRONT 9 ROTATING DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. IT’S BEEN DONE BEFORE WITH GREAT EFFECT.

    JUST THE FACT THAT THEY’RE ROTATING 9 D-LINEMEN IS A STRONG CLUE THAT NONE OF THEM ARE CONDITIONED TO GO, SAY, 8 PLAYS STRAIGHT!

    BECAUSE I’M A VIKINGS FAN, I HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN ANY OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THE PACKERS LOSE. SO I WAS KEENLY AWARE OF HOW JOHN ELWAY & THE BRONCOS LITERALLY DECIMATED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THAT INTIMIDATING FRONT 4 WITH REGGIE WHITE.

    REMEMBER, VIKINGS FANS? SUPER BOWL XXXII — ELWAY & SHANAHAN HAD THE BRONCOS OFFENSE IN PRACTICALLY A NON-STOP NO-HUDDLE OFFENSE WHICH NOT ONLY PREVENTED REGGIE WHITE, GILBERT BROWN & CO. TO ROTATE, BUT IT COMPLETELY REDUCED THEM TO MUSH! GILBERT BROWN, AT ONE POINT, FELL TO HIS KNEE WHILE VISIBLY STRUGGLING TO SUCK IN AS MUCH OXYGEN AS POSSIBLE! HE WAS USELESS!

    WHY AREN’T MORE TEAMS USING THE NO-HUDDLE TO PREVENT SCHWARTZ FROM HIS CRITICAL D-LINE SUBSTITUTIONS? JUST LIKE PEYTON DOES – BRING YOUR TEAM UP TO THE LINE & TAKE YOUR TIME TO CALL THE PLAYS WITH THE PLAYERS ON THE FIELD — AND IF THEY TRY TO BRING IN A SUB, QUICK SNAP THE BALL. KING KONG WILL BE HEAVING FOR O2 WITHIN MINUTES.

    ALSO, I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A WILDCAT PACKAGE IN OUR OFFENSE WHICH INCLUDES ADRIAN, PERCY, RUDOLF & JOE WEBB.

    I WOULD PREFER IF YOU PRESENTED THE DEFENSE WITH JUST ONE LOOK WHICH CAN BE EQUALLY EFFECTIVE AS A SCREEN; QUICK PASS; COUNTER RUN; SWEEP; OPTION RUN ETC — ALL AUDIBLE DEPENDENT — BUT WITHOUT CHANGING THE LOOK — & NEVER GIVING THE D A CLUE OF WHAT’S COMMING.

    WHO WOULD THE DEFENSE KEY IN ON?

  28. By Frederick Jones on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    To my Fine Feathered Friends,

    The media has not yet missed on the poor play of McNabb. Unfortunately our Offensive Line is worse than McNabb !

    How many yards would Pete have gained with a great offensive line? We may never know as our Front Office FORGETS to draft Guards, Tackles, and Centers.

    Do they think they can find KING KONG for quarterback ! ! !

  29. By Frederick Jones on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    WHO, WHO, no whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  30. By Frederick Jones on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    would be able to be 5-0 at quarterback with the Vikings???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    only one animal…KING KONG ! ! !

  31. By Frederick Jones on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    You would have to be 7 feet tall to see over the p a s s r u s h !!!!!!!

  32. By Frederick Jones on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Think McNabb is intimidated by the rushers?

    Who no whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    wouldn’t be intimidated by 4 300 pound guys in your face?

    KING KONG that’s who !

  33. By Purples05 on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Billbobagons…instead of hoping McNabb improves with the offense…you’re hoping he does bad?

    Wow…talk about ironic. That’s totally fair

  34. By VegasVike on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    We’re all fans and support our team if we’re on this site. Just because we want the best team possible does not mean we don’t support them. The coaches and owners do a good enough job of ignoring the weaknesses, somebody has to be vocal. It’s a shame they make it be us. Do the right thing and put players with the winning mentality on the field! You’ve got them Les, now play em!

  35. By Shawn on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I think the OL has shown improvement … I dont recall an OL penalty Sunday and AP early had some nice holes

    Untill Cardinals loaded 8 in the box because they know McNabb cant throw !!!

    If anyone had a drop of respect for our passing game they would have to play fair giving AP more room to run

    But as we all know Donovan McCant throw … PLEASE BENCH HIS WORTHLESSNESS B4 ITS TOO LATE …

  36. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Matt Kalil would be the answer at LT. He would rip your head off if you got near his Qb. That is the mentality this OLine needs.

  37. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Just to be clear …

    I do not expect McNabb to be Rodgers or Brady …

    But for us to be the best we can be our QB needs to complete 60ish% for 220+ yards .. thats all

    If McNabb could do that every week and our D and AP do what they do we would be one of the better teams in the league

    Mcnabb has been 60% in 3 games and under 50% in 2 others

    McNabb has had 1 game over 220 yards

    He is a 13 year Vet … and laughs when he makes mistakes IMO that is not a leader

    It seems he can not after 13 years read a defense and change a play when the opponent loads the box

    One thing I have learned is McNabb isnt even 1/2 the QB Favre was…

    Philly was great because their defense was great and our defense will have to be top 5 to make up for McNabb

  38. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like the stadium tax referendum may be losing steam. NFL Network.Com

  39. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    PS

    The Bears look completely beatable :)

    Carolina is very Beatable :)

    and the Packers might have a back up LT blocking Jared Allen :)

    so if our 13 year vet QB can just focus and play like a one time pro bowler and our D can maintain the effort and production we had Sunday and the OL continues to improve …

    3-5 or 4-4 is very possible

  40. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I think the vote was 10 against the referendum and 6 in favor.

  41. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    McNugget just needs to be effective as in 12-20 160-200 yard and 1-2 TDs. AP will take care of the rest.

  42. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon Fusco had that same mentality during the pre-season. If Sully starts to slump put him in.

  43. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The biggest reasons we won against Arizona and why we will win against Chicago:
    1) scored TDs instead of FGs
    2) sustained drives in the 2nd half even though we didnt score TDs we limited the time of possession thus giving them a lesser chance of coming back
    3) Pressure on QB without having to blitz so much. Jared Allen and B-Rob
    4) Held RB to low yards force the pass and 3rd and longs
    5) Secondary is playing well. The goal is to keep the defense fresh by sustaining drives on offense

  44. By mILITARYvIKING on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Why do people keep asking for Webb? I am soooo confused. It is the one thing that the managment has done correctly. Webb is NOT! a NFL QB. He is as bad as McNabb if not worse. He makes plays with his legs and his completion percentage is no better so please please please stop lumping him in with Ponder. Ponder is the future and Webb is a receiver. If we end up with Webb as QB we will get another T-jack and I will cry. Use him where he can make a few special plays and keep Mcnabb in all year then get a 7th round pick for McNabb and a 5th or 4th for Webb. or keep Web as a back up. no matter to me.

  45. By Mike B. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred I think that currently the OL is better than McNabb. I was seeing them giving McNabb the time he needed to throw the ball. To say they great OL is a stretch. Your constant throwing up the OL although accurate is way over stating the obvious. I think that they could have kept Big Mac and been way ahead by now. He needed a coach that could fire up his play. We would be in much better place now. But yes we need to find some talent at the OL position in next years draft. But it may have to wait till the second round.

  46. By Mike B. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    This team is in need of a blue chip WR which is sorely lacking. It’s glaring that Speilman missed the boat when it was decided not to try hard to keep Rice or pick up free agent blue chip receiver was a mistake.

  47. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Viking Pride: You’re totally entitiled to your personal opinion, but don’t tell me to get off the ride or anyone else if I/they don’t share in it also, you have some nerve to say that to some fans here that have been fans for over 40 years and I am one of them, 45+ my Viking brother and HOW DARE YOU CALL THAT PATHETIC S O B OF A QB McNabb a LEADER! That ^*(4##@ %$% couldn’t take charge of a nursery school, LEADER!! LEADER!! if not for following Peterson out off the sideline McNabb couldn’t even lead himself to the huddle. STUPID!!

  48. By ozzinator on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Titus,
    When are we gonna see Moss on the team? Gettin’ close, isn’t it?

  49. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

  50. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Sir Greasy Panda,

    We need more posts like the one you wrote about
    the reasons the Vikings will beat the Bears !

  51. By sandiamond on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @ Mike B

    Spielman covered all those needs by drafting a tight end in the 2nd round!

    replaced S.Rice
    got 2 for 1 as he fiqured we didn’t need a WR in the draft
    combed the waiver wire for left-over(cut) recievers to add

    All this has worked out so WELL! so many holes to fill in the draft and we were already loaded at TE

    Brilliant Job Rick Spielman

  52. By Purples05 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn…Favre has not been that good since the 21st century. If you researched the numbers you’d see that

    Anyway besides that, like it has been noted McNabb is still new to the team. He had a decent game against the Chiefs, and a decent game against the Lions. In our 1st few games the ENTIRE TEAM did well in the 1st half..but sucked in the 2nd. Let’s put that in perspective. The game against the Cardinals was bad, but McNabb is capable of better and that’s why Frazier believes in him. Frazier has seen good things from McNabb and wants to see more good and less bad. A lot of you are speaking as if he’s been ALL bad. He hasn’t

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