The Minnesota Vikings got what they desperately needed; a win. Granted they were playing the Detroit Lions, but this first win was very important. After two games that easily could have been won had it not been for some mistakes, the Vikings looked better on Sunday. They didn’t look great, but better on offense and the defense once again gave the opposition minimal points. For the first time this season, the good outweighed the bad in terms of what happened on the field.
While Minnesota did get their first win, there are still some areas of concern. The most obvious is Brett Favre. He is just about on pace to reverse his numbers of 33TDS. and 7INTS from last season. So far this year he has 2TDS and 6INTS. Yes Favre continues to look shaky, but the bigger concern is the offensive line and their lack of protection for old #4. Once again, Favre took some pretty big hits and looked slow getting up on a couple of occasions. The starting center, John Sullivan, left the game with an injury, which certainly didn’t help. The big question mark on that once elite o-line is Bryant Mckinnie. He just doesn’t seem to be playing at the level we are used to seeing him at. The Vikes need him to get back to his old self if they want to beat some of the upper echelon teams in the league. This just in: the Lions are not one of those teams.
Now time to focus on some of the positive stuff that took place on Sunday. The defense continues to be stingy, especially when it comes to the red zone. Detroit had four opportunities inside the 20-yard line and came away only one touchdown. The Lions only managed to score ten points the entire game. Minnesota intercepted Detroit QB Shaun Hill twice right at the goal line. The Viking offense put up 24 points on Sunday. The same offense that had only scored 19 points in the first two games combined. While Favre did throw two picks, he did do an excellent job of spreading the ball around. He had completions to nine different receivers on the day. Five of those receptions went to RB Adrian Peterson, who more than anyone else is responsible for Minnesota winning the game. AP was simply a man among boys against the Lions. He ran over, away, and through people on his way to 160 yards rushing, including an 80 yard touchdown that was the longest run of Peterson’s career. Adrian has been playing mistake free football so far this year and has been exhibiting patience that we haven’t seen from him before. It is early in the season, but if he continues to play like this and carry Minnesota to wins, don’t be surprised if AP wins the NFL MVP. The last running back to win the award was LaDainian Tomlinson back in 2006. The Viking running attack will face a tough challenge when they play the New York Jets, LT’s new team, in two weeks.
The cliche “a win is a win” certainly applies to the victory over Detroit on Sunday. It is nothing to get too excited about, but Minnesota has to feel better today than they did on say, last Monday. The Vikings have to get better in a hurry, because the schedule is going to be rough. The Bears just beat the Packers and both of those teams look better than the Vikes right now. Originally when I looked at the 2010 schedule, I thought having the bye in week #4 was a bad thing. Now I think it might be perfect, giving the team two weeks to heal up, both physically and mentally. Minnesota needs to be fresh and prepared when they travel to New York in week #5.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).