Rudolph Reemerges In Vikings Passing Game

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 12, 2012 – 3:55 pm

The Vikings passing attack took a big step forward on Sunday, and a big reason for it was the reemergence of one of Christian Ponder’s favorite targets – TE Kyle Rudolph. The 2nd-year TE hauled in 7 receptions for 43 yards, including a 20-yard TD early in the 4th quarter that gave the Vikings a 14-point lead.

Of Rudolph’s 7 receptions, 4 resulted in a 1st down or TD and a 5th led to a Blair Walsh FG. Rudolph was targed 9 times on the day.

Rudolph is one of Ponder’s most reliable targets, but he had been neutralized in recent weeks. After scoring 5 TDs in Weeks 2-6, Rudolph had just 2 receptions in his previous 3 games. That of course changed on Sunday, and the change came after the Vikings placed an emphasis on getting Rudolph more involved.

“We actually have been emphasizing Kyle; we just haven’t been able to get him uncovered,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said after the game. “We did some things today to try to get that done from a schematic standpoint and also formation wise, we were able to connect. We’ve been trying the last few weeks to get him the ball, we know in order for our passing game to succeed we need him involved.”

On Sunday, he was involved. And on Sunday, the passing game succeeded.

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65 Responses to “Rudolph Reemerges In Vikings Passing Game”

  1. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go, Kyle. You and Wright sure done everything right in my book!

  2. By lashy on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    kyle is beast, 200 yards isnt usually a good day for a quarterback but for ponder it was pretty sweet

  3. By Lion Tamer on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    He shouldn’t have gone anywhere in the first place. Nice to see Musgrave wake up before it was too late.

  4. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I mean for PR purposes to not alert the Bears to prepare for him it makes sense to say this, but hopefully he doesn’t actually mean it.

  5. By 32frank12 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings might be one game out of first place going into the bears game…we are only 2 games behind the bears and they go to san fran next week maybe without cutler and playing a good team in san fran could very easily lose and then the packers play at detriot and GB has been inconsistent this season so we could be going to chicago take a share or lead in the division skol!!

  6. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Do what is right, Frazier. Give Wright his B-Day present on the 25th.

  7. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yea the team doesn’t want to fall into the old habit of relying on just Harvin in the passing game. We’re not going to win many more game if they don’t continue to spread the ball around.

  8. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply


  9. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    On the other post you talked about having the QB coach down on the field with Ponder likely helped. You may be right. Usually it helps a young QB to get a more experienced viewpoint. So keep Greg on the sidelines to help Ponder.

  10. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Heck Sage would have served the same purpose but he is gone.

  11. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spreading the b@ll around makes it harder for Defenses to key in on plays. So get Wright and Rudolph more involved.

  12. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to see him get more involve still. Him and John Carlson. Also for the WR Simpson and wright

  13. By Richard1A on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m on the 2,000 yards train for A.Peterson! he can do it!!!!!!!

  14. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think AP will reach the 1800 they are facing the Texans and bears. They are tough but it is Adrian Peterson so you never know! What about ponder? Is he even reaching the 3000? Who knows.

  15. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think AP can reach the 1800 yard mark and Ponder can reach the 3000 yard mark as well.

    From a statistical point: AP is averaging 112.8 yds per game and Ponder is averaging 202.7 yds per game so far this season. So if they both keep that pace for the rest of the season: AP would finish with 1804 yards and Ponder with 3243 yards.

    But that just going off of their average yards per game so far this season. But we all know that those percentages will change every week and we’ve seen both of them play above and below them.

  16. By Bigfan1 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Frazier and crew doesn’t bench Wright, this guy is a good maybe great receiver but needs to play, we need him to play. Harvin is great but they need to mix it up and not be predictable. The way da Bears are playing right now helps of course.

  17. By Alex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to see us us all of the current receivers that have been playing+wright all bring something useful to this team whether you see it or not they all help. Not to mention we don’t know whether Percy will be 100% by the Bears game and if he has to sit out a few extra plays then keeping an extra Wr would help. Who we should sit I’m not sure about maybe someone who gives depth on defense I really don’t know it’s just something I hope the coaches consider over the bye week.

    Do you guys think we will make the playoffs or not?
    Personally I think it all depends on two games the first Packers game and the Houston game. Coming off a bye week we should be able to take down the bears even though it is away and then if we play well at home I really believe we can sweep that series. Packers at Lambeau Field is what scares me and the Texans are well the best team in the league.

  18. By VikingFanatic209 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    It’s dangerous 2 ever look past the Bears especially since we havn’t played well against them in the last couple years but I think that we will have the ability to run against them. This goes with out saying but ill say it anyway…we will hafta protect the ball and in the least make an attempt to win the turnover battle against a team that has been finding a way to get that done all season….but the texans did find a way to win that battle and in the end won the game. Looking 4 our coaches and team to find a way to build on this 1 and get another divisional win but its gonna be our toughest match up of the season to date. Skol Vikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. By liito on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    1. Coach Frazier, we’d like to see the TE Carlson, the practice squad WR, Chris Summers, and Toby, running back, in action.
    2. Mr. Spielman, good draft class of 2012.
    3. Management, how about gettimg a Randy Moss-type or Cris Carter-type of receivers?

  20. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Justin Hunter

  21. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Or keenan allen, or da’rick rodgers

  22. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

  23. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Rogers is really good. Because of off field difficulties he will likely be a 2nd round pick.

  24. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ray Edwards was canned by the Falcons.

  25. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    That’s why I think Rogers could be a steal. Same reason people passed on Moss… he turned out alright for us….

  26. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Pat Williams must have just been a god for Kevin Williams and Ray Edwards. At 400 pounds just taking up half the Oline. Remember when it seemed like K williams and Edwards were good at one point when Pat was playing?

  27. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    But Spielman likes high character guys so it could really hurt his chances of becoming a Viking.

  28. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, but we are desperate. He knew about Simpson’s problems before we signed him so there’s a chance.

  29. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    A big DT playing next to Kevin and Allen could be really helpful for the run Defense. A few guys to look at are Sylvester Williams(North Carolina) and Jesse Williams(Alabama).

  30. By Alex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think Justin Hunter is the best receiver in this draft class and that if we could draft him our receiver problems would be fixed.
    How high do you think he will go? I feel that he is underrated and might fall down the draft board.

  31. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin was a Perennial Pro Bowler but age is starting to catch up with him.

  32. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    He has not fully came back from his torn ACL but if he was he would likely be a Top 10 pick. But since he is not he likely will fall Top 15 – 20.

  33. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Allen will be a Top 15 pick no doubt. Likely a Ram since they have 2 picks that will more than likely be in that range.

  34. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Woods is over-rated and needs to be avoided at all cost.

  35. By Alex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Allen may go in the top 5 and that’s fine with me if we can get Justin Hunter.

  36. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think the team would draft someone with character issues if they believe he has turned his life around and if it fills a need. They stuck with Cook and I also believe Everson Griffen had some issues coming out of college and in his first couple seasons as well. And as Parkway pointed out the gave Simpson a chance also.

  37. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Rogers is one of my favorite WRs because even when he gets hammered he usually holds onto the ball. If his off the field problems are handled he would look great in PURPLE.

  38. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Looked at some analyst mocks and some say the Vikings need a DE. Really?
    Allen and B-Rob are a great duo. Then you got Griffen waiting in the wings. What the D really needs is a DT and MLB. I want Te’O but he will be gone Top 10. So one of the Williams would be good.

  39. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I believe Kevin Williams contract expires at the end of the year. So it may be a good idea for the team to draft a DT in the top 3 rounds.

  40. By Alex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I feel as thought not drafting a Wr in the first round is a mistake. Theres nothing wrong with moving up to get an elite wr if were too low come draft day.(Which would mean we played well the rest of the year)

  41. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we get a DT in the first round I will punch Spielman in the face. Yes it has become a need, but not as much as LB and WR. Henderson and Brinkleys contracts are up so it’s a good time to get a LB if we don’t get a WR.

  42. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Depends on how Wright is used going forward. If he is used effectively then the need for a early WR lessens.

  43. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    You want Guion as a starter next year?

  44. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Jesse Williams may move down into the 2nd round after his concussion he has not played up to his usual level.

  45. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Any ways its a while off so no use getting really into the discussion.

  46. By Alex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Still fun to speculate but you are right we don’t even know where the vikings will be picking at so discussion now is pointless.

  47. By Parkway on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

  48. By purple08 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jarius Wright makes 3 catches and you guys are ready to crown him. Simmer down. There was a reason he hadn’t played all season. I like his speed though. Yes Chicago plays San Fran without Cutler maybe but Alex Smith may be out as well. Don’t bring up Sage again please.

  49. By Alex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Wright is ready now not playing him before was the correct move but now the kid needs to play but we shouldn’t sit another WR for him to play there all important.

  50. By SmileyStar on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin being out against the lions forced Ponder to throw the ball to ‘the other guys’ and Musgrave to call better plays. AP tore up the lions D!! We’ll find out against CHI at CHI, how we can win when the CHI shut down AP, like they usually do!? Hopefully, they game plan for a reduced running game, so if they stop the run we can take advantage of them in the passing game, by spreading it around to ‘the other guys’

  51. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey parkway what do you think about te’o?
    hey people ray Edwards got cut from the falcons. Do you guys think he looked good in Vikings because Allen nd both of the Williams? Because in Atlanta he was a disappointment

  52. By VikingFanatic209 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think every1 is forgeting about Greg Childs who was on track at becoming a 1st rounder b4 his injury. It was very unfortunate he was injured agaiin in training camp but atleast he has had time to learn the play book and looks to be the type of reciever that we need to stretch the field may b to replace Jenkins or Aromashodu Not sure I agree with taking a WR in the 1st round when there are other needs to address on this team. . We need to get stronger in our front 7 on Defense, whether it b MLB or DT or maybe even both and I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to pick up another corner, even with Winfield playn at a high level its still not like he is getting any younger at this point. But y are we talking draft already? Still got alot of Football left to play this season and with this last win over the Lion cubs we got a bit of a spark heading in2 our bye week………..Skol vikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. By rory from n.w.ark on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Weve got to keep Wright in the lineup, he and percy on the field together would be a nightmare for any defense,they are both quicker than quick,line them up anywhere on the field one will get seperation,we need to get A.P. going against Bears hes ran on everyone else so A.P. keep up the 100 plus yard games you are just a BEAST. Ponder has to keep up the spreading of the ball, he just proved it can be done, good week to heal and rest for the team,..OH just a question how is Jared ALLEN is he hurt ,Anyway I just hope we heal up and come back with an attitude GO VIKINGS.

  54. By iaVIKE on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    VikingFanatic209 – Completely agree about Childs, I was really looking forward to seein what he could bring to our offense this year before that freak injury. He’s working hard with the rehab, and vows to make plays for the Vikes in the future. Hopefully he can get back to 100%!

  55. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Might be a good time for AP to visit with Childs in the middle of his grueling rehab within the next few weeks…With the Vikings having the bye week…

    What an up lifting example AP is for a young player…Seeing AP, and what he has accomplished after recovering from major knee surgery…

    AP is just the supportive type of guy to do something along those lines also…

    Go AP..Go Childs…GO VIKINGS !!!!

  56. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply


    How is Cook coming along ???

  57. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Prediction for this weekends games…

    Lions beat the Packers…Lions 37…Packers 33…

    49ers beat the Bears…49ers 21…Bears 13…

    What you think Titus ???…

    I think we both have thoughts of the Packers and Bears, being 2 teams that are overrated ??…

  58. By BlueBird7 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    We will find out soon enough, if they are overated!

  59. By Vikings1 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply


    Sylvester Williams(North Carolina) and Jesse Williams(Alabama) are excellent prospects and i also like John Jenkins from Georgia, he is really a beast against the run. Don’t know much about Sly Williams but Jesse Williams didn’t have a good game against Texas A&M. Wish we had Cook back, Megatron really lit up our secondary!

  60. By Ozzinator on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    How come no one is talking about Mistral Raymond?

  61. By Tim S on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I dont even think a consistent 2 slot receiver package has been done yet has it? Use them as the Pats do hernandez and Gronk. Could work pretty well. Confuse a lot of defenses.

  62. By purple08 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    “Percy and Wright a nightmare for any defense”? LOL Gimme a BREAK!! 3 career receptions. A NIGHTMARE!!! AHHHHHH

  63. By Gilberator on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    If Ponder continues to spread the ball, I see Aromashadus’ game progressing. Jenkins can make some clutch catches but hes really slow and getting older for a WR. Cut him and keep Devon. He made some really nice catches including that 30-yard reception against the Lions. It takes chemistry to make a team great, and it looks to me like we are getting there as long as Musgrave doesn’t complicate things. Good gameplan last sunday. As far as draft needs go, I say we definitely need a DT, MLB, and an early round OT or G. Kalil is playing outstanding but I feel as though Loadholt makes some questionable mistakes and seems to cause penalties more often than the rest. Sully is performing well so we’re set there. Obviously could use a good corner and I would like to see more of Wright and Childs next year before going all in on a WR. Simpson is extremely athletic so if we could get him to gel, our offense will be looking dangerous. Imo a developed Ponder, Peterson, Harvin, Rudolph, Arom, Simpson, Wright, and Childs should be a force to reckon with. Still not convinced with musgraves coaching. Hopefully he turns it around. Good points by all…..SKOL!!!!

  64. By Gilberator on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ozzinator- Raymond seems to be increasing his ability and learning from mistakes. Im a fan for sure. Hopefully he can seal a spot in the starting lineup. Speaking of secondary I’m really glad we picked up Smith. That kid can HIT!! Sanford and Cook seemed to step up their game. Hopefully Cook can stay on the field next year. Robinson is playing really well with Smith which is good. Jefferson seemed shaky when cook got injured but seems to be playing better. Im feeling good about these next few games. They wont all be wins, maybe none of them will, but im hoping that we remain a threat in all of them. Texans worry me the most although we may have the team to beat them. You never know. SKOL!!!

  65. By DrinkHeavy on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’m pretty satisfied with the progress the team has made so far this year, but other than AP, the team has been very inconsistent on both sides of the ball. That said, it’s tough to predict the outcome of the last 6 games, but here goes:

    1. vs Bears: 70% chance to split, especially if Cutler doesn’t play in one of them.
    2. vs Packers: 30% chance to split. I’m confident that we can move the ball against the Packers D, but I’m not confident that our D can stop Rogers when we need to.
    3. vs Rams: We should win this one
    4. vs Texans: Last game, ultimately depends on what Texans are fighting for.

    Conservatively, I’d say we go 2-4 and finish 8-8 and there’s an outside chance for 9-7. Not terrible considering where we were last year.


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