Three interceptions. Let’s get that out of the way immediately. Yes, Tarvaris Jackson threw those picks, two of which had zero impact on the game, 38-14 in favor of Minnesota. That is a score that Viking fans have been waiting to see all year. The Vikings completely dominated a Bills team that had been very competitive lately. During the game, Minnesota’s offense looked the best it has all season, especially in the first half when the Vikings really put the game away. Jackson led the offense up and down the field. Adrian Peterson was running as strong as he has in years. The man was running over linebackers like they were male cheerleaders. The Vikes looked balanced on offense and the defensive line came up big as well. This looked like a different team. It looked like a team that believed in itself. The quarterback looked like he believed in himself as well.
Minnesota Viking fans have been waiting to see Jackson look confident for about five years now. He has very good games in the past, but always seemed to make the crowd a little nervous. No doubt the fans had their nerves on edge after he threw the pick six in the first quarter. Leslie Frazier, however, stayed aggressive with the play calling and T-Jack executed those calls to perfection throughout the first half. The head coach even acknowledged that he went to the quarterback after that first interception and told him to be ready, because the very next play was a pass and they needed him to execute it. This week it has been a nice change of pace to hear about a coaching staff that has not been “coaching scared”. Minnesota was very aggressive on both sides of the ball.
Now the Vikings are halfway through the week and Brett Favre has not practiced, doesn’t know when he will, and says he will try to have a decision concerning his playing status made by Friday. Bad news Brett, it’s not your decision to make. In reality, what would be the benefit of starting #4? He is clearly hurt and the idea that he gives Minnesota the best chance to win at this point is laughable. Tarvaris might not be the answer long term, but he is the best option the Vikings have right now. His mobility is excellent, he a very good knowledge of the offense, and now he seems to be playing with more faith in himself. Jackson doesn’t seem afraid of making the wrong throw. Yes he made a couple of late mistakes, but errors made on deep throws while being aggressive are easier to overcome and lets not forget who has been leading the league in interceptions for most of the year; Favre. Minnesota needs a miracle to make the playoffs. None of us are expecting the season to be saved, but it would be nice to see this recent surge in play continue. Tarvaris certainly deserves some credit for Sundays win. Leslie Frazier deserves more.
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...).