Initial Reactions to Vikings vs. Saints
Fumbles: Adrian Peterson is an amazing running back, but he will never be an elite back if he continues to fumble. He gave Chilly no choice but to bench him on some key drives.
Pass Protection: Favre was pressured all day and therefore, made some bad decisions.
Special Teams: The Vikings needed any sort of extra lift. The special teams could have provided it, but it didn’t happen.
Turnovers: 5 fumbles, 3 of them lost, and 2 interceptions.
Brad Childress: One minute left, tie game and the Vikings are driving for the winning score. For the first time all day, “Chillyball” comes out and the Vikes get conservative. Next, there are 12 men in the huddle. Next, the interception, which is clearly on Favre, but Chilly’s game management puts Favre in a situation where he has to even throw a pass.
Brett Favre played a heck of a game. I know, I know he threw a horrible interception at the end of regulation, but that was a gritty performance. Like him or not, he left it all out on the field. Moreover, without Favre, the Vikings are watching the entire postseason, not just the Super Bowl, from the couch.
Adrian Peterson also had a good game. He had his fumbles, but he also had 122 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Visanthe Shiancoe made some big plays when the Vikings needed it.
The defense stymied Brees and the Saints. Their wasn’t much pressure from the front four, but whatever Leslie Frazier was doing worked.
This one leaves a sick feeling in your stomach. The Vikings were clearly the better team tonight, but the breaks just went the other way. I don’t know if the Saints won this game or the Vikings lost it.
It’s a tough loss, but I don’t think either of these teams beat the Colts.
Finally, I don’t think Brett Favre finishes his career with an interception. I think we’ll see Brett Favre in purple again next year.