So what changed without Brad Childress as coach? Well, the Vikings did accomplish one thing today that they hadn’t done all year under Chilly: They scored a touchdown on their opening drive. For that drive the offense looked crisp. Adrian Peterson ran hard, Brett Favre spread the ball around, and the Vikings worked their way methodically down the field and punched it in. Unfortunately, the offense would not achieve the same level of efficiency for the remainder of the half. It didn’t help matters that Peterson injured his ankle early in the second and had to leave. Brett Favre took a couple of deep shots but was unable to connect. Sidney Rice‘s lack of practice time with Favre showed up.
Defensively, the Vikings once again struggled. There were holes all over the secondary, which Donovan McNabb was able to exploit. The Vikings did make one big adjustment, bringing blitzes against McNabb that were occasionally effective. Overall though, the Redskins were only stopped by their own receivers, who were unable to bring in some passes that would’ve resulted in big plays. The Vikings are very lucky to be tied after only playing a so-so half of football.