Better Than Expected

The challenge for the Vikings was to come back from a physical whupping at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals and re-assert themselves as one of the best teams in the NFL.

Mission accomplished.

A week after being thoroughly dominated, the Vikings made it happen in all phases of the game.  Their line play on offense and defense was excellent if not quite dominating.  Their coverage, with Antoine Winfield back in the fold, was better than it’s been all season.  And, most importantly, Adrian Peterson got back on the horse, rushing for 97 yards and 2 TDs to recover from one of his worst career games.

The Bengals did help the Vikings out some by committing 11 penalties, but even with all the Cincinnati mistakes, it was still a very encouraging performance by the Vikes, who needed a good game about as much as any team could have.

And they did it despite a mediocre performance by Brett Favre.

In fact, the formula for today’s game – tons of Adrian, a big dose of defense and just a sprinkling of big plays by #4 – more closely resembled what we expected going into the season than the Favre-carrying-the-team formula we’ve seen much of the year.  This complete team performance was just what the doctor ordered to dispel all our doubts.

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  • hemby

    I love how everyone makes a big deal out of Farve throwing a couple picks the past couple of games, after only throwing 3 the first 11 games….And how many did the great Peyton Manning throw today, better bench Manning soon !!

    BTW: If Viking “o” line would hold blocks a bit better, much easier to see field and buy a bit of extra time….Need Harvin back to also take pressure off for fail safe reciever…..

  • joe

    Agree with comment – Favre had a fine day today – can’t really expect more executing the gameplan they came in with.

    He is in a no-win situation here – have a great game and people complain about AD. Let AD do his thing and then Favre is “mediocre”.

    Funny how people forget what this team looks like with a REAL mediocre quarterback.

    And a bad quarterback? Then they are essentially the lions.