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Vikings Fall To The Cowboys

The Vikings lost to the Cowboys by a score of 35 to 31.  And quite frankly that’s okay with me.  It almost seems to be a curse to go undefeated in the preseason (see: 2008 Lions). 

Here are a few quick notes about tonight’s injured players and the evening’s winners:

INJURIES

Erin Henderson:  He appeared to injure his right leg on a kickoff return.  He was aided off the field and then rode the cart to the locker room.  Henderson was considered “on the bubble” when it came to making the roster tomorrow, and this wont help.

Brian Robison:  The defensive end hurt himself on a kickoff return late into the 4th quarter.  It appears to be a back injury.  While he was able to walk off the field by himself, it would be very disappointing to see Robsion miss time.  He’s an important rotational guy on the defensive line and an exciting young player.

WINNERS

Tarvaris Jackson:  He only went 2 of 4 for 42 yards and a TD.  He also rushed for 5 yards.  His appearance was brief but somewhat fruitful.  He is a winner coming out of this game based more off of the poor displays put out by Rosenfels and Booty.

Ian Johnson: I was ecstatic when the Vikings got Ian Johnson as an undrafted free agent.  Then my excitement was tempered by mediocre play and the emergence of Albert Young.  Ian Johnson however can’t be written off quite yet.  Either him or Young will be waived tomorrow, but Johnson’s performance tonight makes that decision even a little tougher.  He had 61 yards and 2 touchdowns off of 17 carries in addition to 26 yards on three catches.

Jeff Dugan:  What is it about this guy that keeps earning him a roster spot?  I’m not for sure, but his ability to play both tight end and fullback can’t hurt.  And given the pedestrian performance by Nehemiah Broughton and Garrett Mills inability to stay healthy, I’d say Dugan’s touchdown grab tonight gives him a good shot at making the cut.

Darius Reynaud:  The Vikings struggled terribly to find a consistent punt returner last season.  Reynaud’s 81 yard return for a touchdown might just be enough to get the Vikings to keep him as their sixth wide out.  The play was electrifying.  He also had two grabs for 13 yards.

Jasper Brinkley, Kenny Onatolu, Asher Allen, Jayme Mitchell, Letroy Guion:  The Vikings backups forced 4 turnovers on defense tonight, which was quite impressive and made for a relatively exciting week four game.  Each of these guys (except Brinkley) had a hand in creating those turnovers and their hard hitting, ball hawking ways might have ensured that they don’t receive a very unpleasant phone call from Brad Childress tomorrow morning.  Brinkley made a stupid penalty on special teams, but led the team with an impressive 6 tackles.

In the end, tonight’s game was what should be expected of a week four matchup.  Lots of young guys trying their damnedest to try and make a team.  Lots of poor plays combined with lots of spirit and adrenaline.  The Vikings still need to work on penalties ( 4 for 35 yards tonight) but tonight’s game was a great improvement int hat area compared to the first three weeks.  Cuts will happen by tomorrow evening, which will be interesting to see.

Oh, and if our quarterbacks don’t stop throwing picks then maybe Adrian Peterson will lead our team in tackles in addition to rushing yards.  Just sayin’.


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5 Responses to “Vikings Fall To The Cowboys”

  1. Ace says:

    Nice recap. Keep up the good work.

  2. G.P. says:

    I’m with Ace on this one Warwas. Nice recap. Keep up the good work. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m on a quest to procure a number 30 jersey!

  3. Adam Warwas says:

    Thanks guys.

    Oh, and G.P., don’t take the tags off that #30 jersey. Allen has been switched to #21.

  4. G.P . says:

    Thanks for the heads up Warwas! Good looking out!

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