Monday, November 05, 2007

DAMN VIKINGS: SUDDENLY QUASI-RESPECTABLE



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.

2 comments:

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.