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Tuesday Morning Aftermath: Minnesota Vikings

December 21, 2010

The Vikings were overpowered by the NFC North Champion Chicago Bears on Monday night by the score of 40-14.

Favre Giveth, Favre Taketh Away

After a miraculous recovery, Brett Favre once again led his team onto the field; and he came out firing. On the opening drive of the game, Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell discovered a nice mix of run and pass as Favre and running back Toby Gerhart led the Vikings down the field. When Favre found Percy Harvin with a screen pass in the flats, Harvin did the rest. The shifty receiver turned on his extra gear and knifed through the Chicago defense for the first score of the game.

However, on the very next possession, Favre was intercepted and the Bears capitalized with a field goal. After another quick touchdown strike, the Bears led the Vikings 10-7 and didn’t look back all night. To add injury to insult, Favre left the game in the second quarter with a concussion when he was slammed to the turf by Bears defensive end Corey Wootton.

The Joe Webb Era Begins

With 6:50 remaining in the second quarter, Minnesota Vikings’ fans finally got what they have been asking for all season: Joe Webb at quarterback. Webb’s initial play from scrimmage was — you guessed it — a quarterback scramble for a gain of 6 yards. The excitement was quickly tempered, however, as the offense failed to gain a first down and the Vikings were forced to punt.

Overall, Webb was exactly who we thought he was: a rookie quarterback who was forced into the lineup due to injury. Although he made a spectacular play with his feet on a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, his offensive efficiency was average at best.

Best Moment of the Night?

The team honored the “50 Greatest Vikings” at halftime and the former players hoisted up their former coach, Bud Grant, and carried him off the field. It was a nice moment for Grant who truly embodies Vikings greatness. And despite the frigid conditions in Minneapolis last night, Grant sported a short sleeve shirt.

Different Stadium, Same Result

Whether the team plays at the Metrodome or at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, 2010 is just not the Vikings year. All the good fortune the team experienced last year has dried up. A defense that has almost the same exact personnel from a season ago simply cannot find their mojo. And with questionable play from the quarterback position, the offense could not get it done all season long.

But don’t fret Vikings’ fans, there’s always next year.

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