Second Quarter Recap

The Vikings kicked off to start the quarter, giving the Cowboys a nice long field.  The Cowboys were able to find more success by throwing to the back on the flat, found little room running up the middle, but were able to convert a first down on the ground. 

On first down, Asher Allen seemingly got burned by Austin Miles for a long touchdown, but Austin was called for offensive interference, retracting the play.  The penalty was followed by Asher Allen finally stopping a screen play and a draw play finding little success.  A third and long and crowd noise forced an illegal substitution penalty, backing them up even further.  Once again having trouble with the screen, Marion Barber almost ganied the first down, but the Cowboys were held just short and had to punt. 

After suffering a delay of game penalty, the Cowboys punted to Camarillo near the sideline who ran forward for a few yards, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 22.

On the first play, Peterson broke off a nice long run, and an offsides penalty was declined.  Peterson followed his 15 yard gain with an eight yard gain, giving the Vikings a good second down situation near mid field.  Pressure forced a scary throw to Percy Harvin that could have been picked, but Mike Jenkins was called for pass interference, giving the Vikings yet another big gain. 

A short run from Peterson and a short screen to Harvin forced a third and seven.  Demarcus Ware sacked Favre, pushing them out of field goal range, on a play in which Favre simply held onto the ball way too long.  Favre got up from the play looking a bit shaken.  The punt pinned the Cowboys back to the 18 once again.

Felix Jones had a six yard gain on first down and three yards on second down, both up the middle.  On third and inches, the Cowboys handed the ball to Marion Barber who got the first down for the third time of the game.  The Cowboys continued to kill themselves on the following first down, however, as Jason Witten jumped on a false start, backing up the Cowboys offense.  Then, a screen to Witten took advantage of a Vikings blitz for a long first down play.

Romo was then able to scramble around finding Felix Jones on the flat who took it forward for about 15 yards, getting the offense within field goal range.  Kevin Williams had a very nice run stop on first down.  After another short pass and catch, the Cowboys faced another third down.  On third and seven, the Vikings provided great pressure, but Romo was able to run up the middle for a first down and then some.

In the red zone, Winfield had yet another solid tackle on the tight end Gronkwoski after about a seven yard gain.  At that point, the long drive took a break for the two minute warning.

A draw to Barber on second down resulted in no gain thanks to Chad Greenway’s awareness.  On yet another third down, the quarterback draw resulted in a first and goal at the two yard line.  Asher Allen did a nice job jamming Miles Austin on a jump ball play that came nowhere close.  On second down, Lito Sheppard was again beat by Roy Williams for the easy touchdown toss.

With 29 seconds left in the half, the Cowboys kicked to Harvin, who brought the ball out to the 27 yard line.  After using a timeout on defense earlier in the first quarter, the Vikings had a long way to go with limited time and only two timeouts.

An 11 yard carry by Peterson and a timeout gave the Vikings the chance to put some more points on the board prior to halftime.  Instead, Favre continued to hold ontot he ball too long and Jay Ratiff continued to own Jon Cooper, both of which contributed to the sack that ended the half.

The Vikings obviously have some struggles on offense that still need to be worked out, including an offensive line that looks to be one of the worst in the league right now.  On defense, keeping Romo from running up a wide open middle and stopping a screen pass would go a long ways towards avoiding big, time consuming drives like the one that dominated the play clock in the second quarter.

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8 Responses to “Second Quarter Recap”

  1. Ole says:

    the pass rush pressure on favre shows how much the Vikings miss Chester Taylor. I don’t blame him for signing with the Bears for that much $$$, Unfortunate

  2. Fragile Freds says:

    Not quite as eloquent as Freds old pal AK, but 1st half recap:

    – O line is a joke
    – AP is a dope
    – Defense is getting out coached
    – Defensive backs are getting smoked
    – Blitz pick up is unknown.
    – Favre if you do that stupid head down spin move one more time, Freds is going to kill you!

    Dallas is doing everything than can to keep the Vikes in the game, our guys want no part of it.

    This is a bad, bad offensive line.

  3. Fragile Freds says:

    Chester my ass! Chester didn’t play on first and second down last year, let’s not go the easy rout and pretend Chester is the reason the o line sucks.

  4. Fragile Freds says:

    The o stinkin’ line is so bad, the 8 man in the box theory is dead, Dallas has the safety sitting in my living room he is so deep. Block for AP.

  5. Fragile Freds says:

    B Twice?

    Bad and
    really bad

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