The game on Monday night versus the Jets started out as bad as it could for the Viking offense. The Minnesota defense, on the other hand, playing like it has all year, kept New York out of the end zone for three quarters. While the offense did rally to put points on the board late in the second half, the Vikings were unable to dig themselves out of the hole completely, losing 29-20. In the end, the defense did a tremendous job of keeping Minnesota in the game, but ultimately the offense just made too many mistakes to allow the Vikings to win. The biggest of those mistakes came from the quarterback. This leads to the question: Would Brad Childress ever have the guts(cojones, stones, backbone, etc…) to bench Brett Favre?
First, lets take a look at the game against the Jets. This contest was supposed to be all about Randy Moss in his first game back as a Viking, taking on Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, and the rest of an excellent Jets defense. Moss was pretty much held down during the first half, but definitely made an impact later in the game when he did stretch the defense and wound up catching a monumental touchdown pass(his 500th) from old #4. As Minnesota was making a comeback in the second half, it was easy to get excited about how well the offense was moving the ball. It was easy to forget about some of the mistakes that were made prior to the TD catch by #84. During the post-game press conference, Brett Favre talked about the mistakes the offense made, especially during the first half. Yes the offensive line did commit some dumb penalties, but otherwise the mistakes were made by you Brett. Minnesota turned the ball over three times and Favre was directly responsible for all of them. Adrian Peterson had another very good game, running 18 times for 88 yards, and Percy Harvin was incredible. Monday night was his best game as a pro; 5 RECs, 97YDs, and 2TDs. Yes, there were some very good signs from the offense, and on two of the three TD passes, Favre made excellent throws. Unfortunately, two excellent throws isn’t good enough to win most games, and definitely not against a team like New York.
The Minnesota Vikings(1-3) came in to the 2010 season as Super Bowl contenders. Many experts considered them legitimate only if Favre was the QB and able to have a season comparable to 2009. While nobody expected him to replicate the 33TDs to 7INTs ratio he had last year, the general consensus was if he could keep the number of interceptions low, Minnesota would have a chance to go deep in the playoffs. So far, no good. Brett has 7INTs already. His numbers for the season are abysmal. He ranks 30th out of 33 QBs rated. The only ones behind him are Sam Bradford, Derek Anderson, and Jimmy Clausen. Two rookies and a interception machine, ouch. Minnesota’s defense has played well enough for the team to be 4-0, the running game has been productive even with the loss of Chester Taylor, and while special teams hasn’t been perfect, they haven’t cost the Vikings any games. The quarterback has, and with the current controversy swirling around Favre, a suspension might be a blessing. Then Childress would have the decision made for him and he wouldn’t have to actually bench the old gunslinger. It’s not a big secret that Minnesota Viking fans everywhere are nervous when Tarvaris Jackson is playing quarterback, but Brett Favre has been downright scary under center. The Dallas Cowboys are coming to town and Randy Moss will be ready. How bout you Mr Childress?
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...).