Every time it looks as if the Vikings are ready to put a few wins together, Brett Favre starts throwing the ball to the opposition. Sunday night against the Packers in Green Bay, the Vikings had plenty of opportunities to win the game, but came up short in the end. For the third time in four losses the blame goes straight to the quarterback. While Minnesota was able to do some good things against the Packers, ultimately they could not overcome the mistakes made by #4. Head Coach Brad Childress has to do something.
The first half looked fairly promising in Lambeau Field as the Vikings were able to establish the running game on offense and limit big plays on defense. At halftime Minnesota led 17-14. Then in the second half, Favre started making huge mistakes. All three of his interceptions came in the final thirty minutes and one of those picks was returned for a TD. Brett is getting killed today in the media and normally I would try to offer an alternative viewpoint, but today I just can’t. Yes there were a couple of plays that were frustrating, like not challenging a Packer TD that certainly would have been reversed. Yes, the Vikings almost pulled the game out with a late TD pass from Favre to Percy Harvin that was reversed. But the bottom line is that Minnesota would not have needed late game heroics if Favre doesn’t turn the ball over and give Green Bay points. Adrian Peterson had another great game with 28 carries for 131 yards and 1 TD. Jared Allen played great on the defensive side of the ball. While he never did sack Aaron Rodgers, he made a beautiful interception in the first quarter that kept the Packers from getting points early in the game. Percy Harvin also looked really good for about the third game in a row. This team could be 6-0, but instead they find themselves at 2-4 and in third place in the NFC North.
Over the last few weeks Brett Favre has made comments about sitting down for a game or two if necessary. Childress needs to make that decision for him. For Viking fans the 2010 season is eerily similar to the 1999 season. Dennis Green benched Randall Cunningham after a 2-4 start that year. Of course, the year before was a storybook season for Cunningham and the Vikings that ended with an overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game. Sound familiar? In 1999, Jeff George led Minnesota to an 8-2 finish and a playoff berth. I think Viking fans everywhere would like to see Tarvaris Jackson get the chance to duplicate that feat.
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...).