To say that Adrian Peterson looked good against the Cowboys is an understatement. He was outstanding. AP never broke a huge run, but he had several that came really close. He finished the game with 81 yards on 14 carries. As good as he was, the Vikings still lost the game. Minnesota fans have to hope that this is not an omen of what the regular season will bring.
The final score was 23-17, Dallas. Some people will point to the block field goal as the difference in the game. True, that was a 10 point turnaround in the second quarter, but the bigger concern is how good Tony Romo looked against the Minnesota defense. The Cowboy QB, coming back from an injury-shortened 2010, went 15-20 for 141 yards. Dez Bryant was also very effective as he had 5 rec for 67 yards. While the starters were out there for the first two plus quarters, they weren’t effective as far as putting pressure on Romo.
As far as the Minnesota QB situation, Donovan McNabb had another very good outing. He went 12-18 for 164 yards, 49 of which came on a TD strike to Bernard Berrian. It is only preseason, but so far #5 looks like a perfect addition to this team. The battle between Joe Webb and Christian Ponder for the number two spot on the depth chart continued on Saturday night. Webb won. Ponder may develop into a legit starter in a couple of years, but there is no question that Webb gives the Vikings the best chance to win, should McNabb go down. His ability to run is easy to see, as demonstrated by his 10 yard TD run in the third quarter, but his throws look to be more on target at this point as well.
Minnesota, like everyone else, still has another game to go in the preseason, but the starting unit will probably be done by the end of the first quarter. As the regular season approaches, the Vikings look a little better than I expected. The defense, however, is a concern. Minnesota’s pass defense is probably the biggest aspect of the team to keep an eye on, since they open the regular season in San Diego. Phillip Rivers is on many expert’s short list of top NFL QB’s, and the Vikings will have to put pressure on him if they want to beat the Chargers on the road. Their game on Thursday against the Texans should be a good tune up.
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...).