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Vikings Play Their Best Football Yet

 

The Minnesota Vikings played their best football of 2009 as they rolled over the Seattle Seahawks for their ninth victory of the year.

Brett Favre completed a career high 88% of his passes on Sunday.  He was 22 of 25 for 213 yards and four touchdowns. 

FOX interviewed Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, and Visanthe Shiancoe (Shankopotomus) prior to the game.  Favre made sure to reward them each for doing good interviews by throwing each of them a touchdown pass.  Sidney Rice got another from Tarvaris Jackson in the 4th quarter.

T-Jack himself had a respectable outing in which he was 6 of 8 for 77 yards and a touchdown.  Some of his passes seemed off, and he was bailed out a couple of times by his receivers.

Adrian Peterson has a solid day rushing for 82 yards on 24 attempts, and also caught 4 passes for 16 yards.

The offensive line did a respectable job once the first quarter passed.  They did allow two sacks, one of which was blatant poor play in a one-on-one matchup Bryant McKinnie.  The line solidified as the game went on.

The defense was solid, though kind of quiet.  E.J. Henderson had a nice sack and Benny Sapp forced a fumble that quickly went out of bounds, otherwise all the big defensive play happened in garbage time.  Asher Allen showed fantastic awareness in the games only interception and Husain Abdullah had a nice sack.  Ray Edwards wasn’t as noticeable as last week, but he had a very good outing, leading the team in tackles with 6.

Special teams were a mixed bag.  Darius Reynaud had pretty solid game, returning 2 punts for an average of 10 yards.  Ryan Longwell and Chris Kluwe were solid, but hardly a major part of this game. 

Percy Harvin averaged 17 yards on 2 kick returns, including one where he made a curious move.  The Vikings were playing for the onside kick, but they decided to kick it deep where Harvin turned his back to it expecting an automatic touchback.  The ball bounced out of the end zone and onto the 2 yard line.  For a second it looked like this could’ve been a scary moment, but Harvin picked up the ball and brought it out to the twenty where he was tackled.

The Vikings were a very cohesive group in all phases of the game.  It felt like 60 minutes of solid play (even when the backups were in) for the first time this year.  A job well done make the Vikings 9-1, and one step closer to winning the North.

Thanks to all that participated in the live blog, it was fun (even the person that pretended to be me for a quick second, though I didn’t like that).

Whether or not you stop back between now and Thursday, I would like to wish all of our readers and their families a very happy Thanksgiving.

Go Vikes!


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15 Responses to “Vikings Play Their Best Football Yet”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Ya Adam I would say it was their best overall game of the year. All phases were clicking. Feels like they’re starting to kick it up a notch. This is the time of year when it’s nice to start clicking on all cylinders.

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    Adam, what is the rule on the kickoff when the ball goes into the endzone, then bounces back into the field of play. I thought once it bounced into the endzone, it was a touchback.

  3. Adam Warwas says:

    Not sure Johnny, and either were the announcers… though I believe a kickoff is live until it is downed or goes out of bounds.

    A punt is dead if it hits the end zone.

  4. bigjohnny84 says:

    That was weird but a very heads up play by Harvin. Ya Eagles just scored a TD

  5. Adam Warwas says:

    Yeah, I suppose. I thought he should’ve been far enough back to begin with though… to return it or down it without incident.

  6. bigjohnny84 says:

    Good point but after the fact he did the right thing. Alot of players, me included, would have thought it was a touchback.

  7. bigjohnny84 says:

    Ya dabears lose. Awsome

  8. Purple Charlie says:

    bigjohnny,
    Cutler was trying to be too careful with the ball, Over thru wide open receivers tonight,He thought it was hard tonight at home.Wait next week when he has to deal with the crowd noise and the Vikes front seven…

  9. Cslinde says:

    Have to say the safties played a little better. Looks like the D worked on flying to the ball, getting to the flats and tackling on first contact, save a couple plays. EJ showed signs of resurgence. Wished Tyrell would have been aware when the ball was in the air on that one play, could’ve housed a tipped pass that actually hit him. Surprised that the Seahawks put up 469 yds on the Cards, according to the commentators. Bring on the Bears, Cards and Bengals! Good time to start playing complete games!

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  12. Lost Viking says:

    SeaHawg have a decent offense when they can get their tempo. Yesterday they had no rushing attack. (They had two first downs in the first 40 minutes).

    IMHO – once Hasselbeck starts moving them they are a quick O that can be hard to stop. But that O line is the kind that will get a QB killed and a head coach fired

  13. G.P. says:

    Only interception …who did that…hold up wait a minute! Asher Allen was all up in it! Double A stand up! You know the kid has genuine po-tent-ial as we say in the land Between the Hedges . Not to mention skill and um what’s that word again…oh yeah talent!

  14. Adam Warwas says:

    G.P.: I was excited for your boy… besides the one missed tackle, he played very solid.

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