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Vikings Vs. Saints 9.9.10 – 3 Questions

September 10, 2010

The Vikings lost their first game of the season to the New Orleans Saints 14-9. In what was built up as two high-powered offenses facing off in a repeat of last season’s NFC Championship Game turned into two teams struggling to find rythym and consistency on both sides of the ball. In the end, the Vikings found themselves on the wrong side of low-scoring game filled with penalties and missed opportunities. Perhaps tight end Visanthe Shiancoe described the game best.

“We always have room for improvement,”
Shiancoe told reporters.

The game certainly left a sour taste in the mouths of many Vikings’ fans and players. And if the Vikings hope to bounce back in the Metrodome next Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, there are 3 areas of concern they need to address.
1.) Where was Adrian Peterson in the second half? Peterson had 13 touches on the Vikings’ first 29 offensive plays. In the second half, he had only had 6 carries. This is nothing new for the Vikings. Peterson is consistently under utilized in the second half of games. The coaching staff has to figure out a way to get Peterson going late in the game. Brett Favre isn’t going to win games all by himself any more. Give Adrian Peterson the ball.
2.) Where was Greg Camarillo? Camarillo came into the game on a long third down and made a great catch for a first down. Before and after that, he was nowhere to be seen. He’s a good possession receiver; the coaching staff needs to discover how to maximize the talent he brings to the field.
3.) What happened to the defensive line at the end of the game? The front four is usually the strength of this defense, but last night they were pushed around when the game was on the line. If Allen, the Williams wall, and Edwards continue to get manhandled at the point of attack, this team could be in trouble.
Overall, it’s just one game. Brett Favre will shake the rust off, and the Vikings will improve, but the team will be under pressure to prove it can bounce back from a little adversity. My solution? Give Adrian Peterson the ball.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2010 11:29 am

    Dude, let me first say this: I love this website already. I grew up in Minnesota, but then moved to Wisconsin as a 17 year old and my extended family lived in Wisconsin my whole life and were Packers fans. So, as I put it, I’m “at peace with the NFC North”.

    Secondly, on all three questions: yeah, wtf? I was thinking exactly the same things as I was watching it.

    Though, I can say that I was heartened by the fact that the beat up secondary still fared pretty well against a good NO offense, but the Minnesota offense was totally shit in the second half. Not a clue what was going on there.

    • September 13, 2010 5:57 am

      I think the offense will figure it out. It’s only the first game, but you have to believe that every member of the Vikings coaching staff has to be wondering why they didn’t feed Adrian Peterson the ball the entire second half. However, I’ve written about Peterson not getting the ball in the 4th quarter many times before, so I wonder how many times it will take for Chilly to finally learn.

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