Plenty to complain about after the first half of today’s game. First-and-foremost, Brad Childress‘s decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 with the Vikings well within Ryan Longwell‘s range. Some might defend Chilly by arguing the Vikings had momentum there, but I say that was no time for heroics.
The Dolphins came right back after that bad decision and scored a touchdown, torching Lito Sheppard twice on the drive, once for a long completion to Brandon Marshall. That drive also featured some nice Wildcat action from the Dolphins…and more evidence that the Vikings’ run defense isn’t what it used to be.
Speaking of run defense not being what it used to be…after picking Favre off on the one-yard-line – a crazy play where Percy Harvin tipped the ball and it bounced off about ten guys before Vontae Davis came down with it – the Dolphins handed it to Ronnie Brown who proceeded to rumble 51 yards. Thankfully, the Vikes were able to hold on that series, which ended with Jared Allen notching his first sack of the season.
The story of the first half was offensively was Adrian Peterson, who ran it 12 times for 61 yards, Percy Harvin who caught 5 balls for 32 yards – but then gave up that interception, and went on to hurt himself trying to block – and Visanthe Shiancoe who caught 4 balls for 64 yards. Unfortunately, the Vikings’ red zone problems continued from last week, and they were unable to score even 3 points.
The Vikings defense, particularly Kevin Williams, had to step up big to keep the Dolphins from putting up even more points.
Oh, and then there was Bernard Berrian, who disappeared utterly on offense, then bobbled a punt and lost his return duties to Greg Camarillo. B Twice? I’d like to see him make a play once.