Monday, November 05, 2007


No word of a lie, there were intentions to write a post about a blitz pickup that Adrian Peterson made early on his record-setting day. Sometimes it pays to shut up and let the magic unfold.

Seriously: On the Vikings' first touchdown drive, they had a first-and-10 in Chargers territory. Shawne Merriman, who's only the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, came free with a rush up the middle, all full of ill intentions, and Purple Jesus went low and sent him ass-over-teakettle. It gave Tarvaris Jackson just enough time to complete a pass. It was a veteran play -- hell, the Bears' Cedric Benson is in his third year and still has learned how to do a blitz pickup. On the next play, Purple Jesus bounced inside and beat Merriman to the corner for a big run, setting up a short TD run..

So you can imagine what the feeling was like two hundred and ninety-six yards later. The Vikes have, in the words of Daily Norseman, "absolutely zero credibility" in the passing game. So long as Purple Jesus is healthy, they have something.


Dennis Prouse said...

The Vikings have about a four or five year window here, while Peterson is still in his prime, to make a Super Bowl run. The first order of business is to find a quarterback. Easier said than done, I realize, but they are going to have to either a) spend big bucks on a free agent, or b) spend next year's first rounder on the most NFL ready QB they can find in the draft. It would be a crying shame if the prime of Peterson's career gets wasted the way Barry Sanders' did, and the way Payton's almost was, i.e. without getting a shot at a ring.

Pete Toms said...

I hadn't really seen Peterson play until yesterday and at that I didn't see a whole lot of the game. But I thought what I did see was a once in a lifetime talent, yes a Payton, Sanders, OJ kinda talent. Wow.