Home Cooking: Vikings Crushing Giants at Half 31-0


The Vikings came out at home the way they’ve done all season…flaming hot on offense, and sturdy on defense.

Perhaps in response to last week’s lethargic first half vs. the Bears, the Vikings started the game not handing the ball to Adrian Peterson, and saw themselves quickly getting up by 10 points.  Then, with the passing game established, the Vikings started handing it to AD, who led them down the field for another 7.

It was another brilliant half of football for Brett Favre and his receivers, especially Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe.  Favre seemed to benefit from a more shotgun-heavy approach, and the pass protection seemed to benefit from the home turf and crowd.

The defense got in on the act too.  The pass rush was cranked up, and Chad Greenway forced a turnover by diving for and intercepting a tipped pass.  The Giants certainly aided matters by playing without a lick of inspiration or even, at times, interest.

For two quarters, the bad late season feelings went away for the Vikings.  Two more solid quarters and an Eagles loss and the Vikes will have themselves a week off.

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Tags: Adrian Peterson Brett Favre Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings New York Giants Sidney Rice Visanthe Shiancoe

  • joe

    They gave up the notion that they were a “power running” team. They are not.

    AD, a feast or famine runner that can’t catch the ball, is being used properly here. 7 carries – one breakout of 23 yards, but most for negative yards. It all averages out to be a respectable 4.5 yards per carry.

    BUT DON’T LET IT FOOL YA – without the long run, he is averaging 1.5 yds/carry. And without his second longest run today (was it 6-7), he is in the red.

    Brett has spead the ball around, running this offense the way it was designed to be utilized. It has nothing to do with disguising anything.

    The key is to not let Peterson create three-and-outs and let your gunslinger do what he does best.

    271 first half yards, 3 touchdowns. They are unstoppable if they let Favre do his thing this way.

    I am sure some homer will come here and disrespect what Favre has brought to the team by making some insane statement that does not acknowledge the difference a playmaker has on the entire team.

    I believe the “disguise blah blah blah” junk that has been posted here is an example. As long as Brett is allowed to run the offense and the team acknowledges AD’s limitations by not pretending to be a “power running” team, they are an elite team.

    Anything else makes them just another poorly coached organization. AD has a role in this teams success this year, but not as the offense’s premier weapon.