Vikings May Catch Another Break, Face Leinart Instead of Warner

The Vikings have gotten their fair share of breaks this season, both in games themselves and in the scheduling.  And, as you can tell by their 10-1 record, they have made the most of their good fortune.

Their luck in the scheduling would seem to be running out, however, with the team facing two contenders, Arizona and Cincinnati, the next two weeks.

Oh, but wait a second:  even when the Vikings draw a good team, it seems fortune still wants to smile on them.

As we know, quarterback Kurt Warner, the man who led Arizona to the Super Bowl last year, suffered a concussion two weeks ago, and was unable to play this weekend against Tennessee.  Warner being on the shelf opened the door for Vince Young and the Titans to win their 5th straight game, in dramatic fashion.

Now, it appears there’s a chance the Vikings will get the same break.  According to reports, Warner is still suffering eye issues related to the concussion, and plans to consult an ophthalmologist.

Should Warner be unable to go against Minnesota, a strong possibility given the new sensitivity toward concussion-related symptoms, Matt Leinart would get the start.  The last time the Vikings faced Leinart as the starter, in 2006, the former USC star had arguably his best game as a pro, throwing for 405 yards and a touchdown in a Cardinals loss.

A lot has changed since 2006, however.  Leinart has become buried on the bench behind borderline Hall-of-Famer Warner, while the Vikings have risen to elite status.

All things being equal, I would much rather face the inconsistent Leinart than Warner.  And, if things stay the way they are, it looks like that’s exactly what will happen Sunday night in Arizona.

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  • HardHat

    “The last time the Vikings faced Leinart as the starter, in 2006, the former USC star had arguably his best game as a pro, throwing for 405 yards and a touchdown in a Cardinals victory.”

    Wrong. Leinart lost that game in 2006. 31-26.

    But you are correct in that it was probably Leinart’s best game ever.

    Of course, it tells a lot about the bum that it was a loss. And of course, he only threw one touchdown. Leinart has averaged about 0.4 touchdowns per game for his entire career. Noodle arm, 2-cent brain (unable to memorize playbook), poor footwork, whines to the press.

    Thank God for Kurt Warner!

  • Troy

    Hardhate the pervert, spewing his Leinart hate. You are one sick dude, with a serious fanboy love for Warner. Your lover doesn’t swing that way hater, lol.

  • Myers

    “Borderline” Hall-of-Famer?


    I guess he’ll be facing Brett Favre, Minnesota’s “Borderline” Hall of Famer?

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  • Tillman

    We beat the Cards last year with Warner. I think we have an excellent chance of beating them again this year “with” him.

    I would rather play teams who are running their first team players (and beating them) than second team ones. If nothing else, it’ll help us from a play and preparation standpoint for the run to the playoffs.

    Sure, there is a “better” chance of us possibly losing the game with Warner instead of Leinart, but I think the chance of that is slim eitherway.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    It does’nt really matter who is Arizona’s QB, the Cardinal defense has no chance to stop the Vikings’ offense. The Vikings and Saints have the best offenses in the NFC, and probably the NFL right now.I would say Minnesota by at least 2 td’s.

  • xpackerfan

    bernie just had to sign in and tell you, I not only love your comment, but agree.

  • xpackerfan

    Bernie, will the Vikings play in the Super bowl?
    If yes, will they win?

  • xpackerfan

    This is a Viking blog, correct. Brett has done a rock solid job, for a tossed out QB. I’d like to also interject, the “media” has called A Rodgers a new golden boy. Been to thousands of games, watched more, should the QB lay on the field? Is it a new position not one F’n QB knows?

    The Vikings are one hell of a team…with a great QB! We are not only going to the Super Bowl, the Vikings are going to Disney World! Love It!!!!

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    xpackerfan, Thanks, and yes i think the Vikings will go to the Super Bowl, and finally beat an AFC team to quash all jinxes once and for all. I honestly think this is the best Viking team ever assembled, and that includes the Bud Grant era teams. I just think this offense cannot be stopped, which in turn has helped the defense play it’s best 2 games against Seattle and Chicago. You can say i feel confident, because before those other 4 Super Bowls that the Vikings lost, seeing each of those games, i had always felt doubt whether we had a team good enough to beat an AFC team. This year is much different. Everyone is saying Saints and Colts, but if you look at the history between these teams, the Vikings seem to match up well, and we’ve beaten the Saints at New Orleans several times before. Same with San Diego and Indy. The Chargers have no fear of playing in Indy, and they to, have beaten the Colts several times in Indy. I’m going out on a limb, Minnesota versus San Diego in the Super Bowl, with the Vikes winning by 7. I’ll really be dissapointed if this Vikings team falters in the playoffs like the Moss- Cunningham team did. That team was’nt as good as this one, Favre, Peterson, all the wr’s, plus a solid defense and offensive line. The only way we lose is turnovers, or the Zebras making a bad call.

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