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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RUNNING GAME?
Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Aug 16 2010 @ 8:15 pm In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments
Preseason is officially underway and overall the Vikings looked good. You never really expect too much at this point, but certainly there were nice plays made on both sides of the ball. There were also some areas of concern.
The Vikings struggled big-time trying to run the ball. Granted Adrian Peterson did not play and the starting offensive unit was only on the field for six plays, but you still expect more, especially against a team like the Rams. Coach Childress acknowledged in his press conference today that the Vikes needed to do a better job blocking when in the rushing phase of the offense. He indicated that the problem was definitely not with the running backs. On a positive note, second round pick Toby Gerhart showed some flashes during his first game action as a Viking. He might not be AP, but he certainly has a nice combination of speed and power.
In the passing game, Sage put up what look to be huge numbers, but watching the game I feel like his performance was solid, not spectacular. Maybe the biggest surprise coming out of the offense was the play of back-up tight end Garrett Mills. Mills caught four passes for over 100 yards and a TD. On the TD grab, he showed excellent speed, getting behind the defense and scoring from 65 yards out.
To nobodies surprise the Minnesota defense looked pretty strong the whole game. Chris Cook, the newest CB, looked well worth the second round pick the Vikings spent on him. You don’t really appreciate how big he is for a corner until you watch him in a game. Cook will be a welcome addition to the secondary whether he winds up starting opposite Antoine Winfield, or coming in as a nickel CB. The Vikes ’06 pick, Chad Greenway looks like he is ready to be one of the NFL’s best LBs.
A few other quick observations during and after the first game. Apparently, Minnesota hasn’t solved the coverage problem they’ve had the las couple of years. The Rams only score came on long punt return for a TD. The announcing team is in preseason form. Mike Mayoch talking about how Jasper Brinkley lost 10 or 15 lbs, but managed not to lose any speed in the process. Huh? QB Joe Webb has talent to be sure, but at this point seems to be looking to run a little more than pass. More good news after the game, Percy Harvin has returned to practice and we should expect to see him play Sunday in San Francisco.
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