JK my friend. Couldn't resist a poke.
Hand the ball off to AD and don't make any mistakes and take a couple of shots when they are available. The 3 throws to Simpson were money even though only one of them was an actual completion. Teams will rethink how they defend him from now on.
I also think that if we wouldn't have been successful in the ST's area we would have seen a more open offensive attack, but in the end, why risk something if you don't have to.
At least for me, I'll take a 16-26-100yds and a win over a 30-51-286 and a loss any day.
A question (not only for you), does anyone know if Percy was sick yesterday? He sure was sucking air quick. Could be that he burned most of what he had on ST's and that limited his usefulness on offense. Just a thought.
In the end, the Lions knew our primary strength on offense is to run the ball. They tried to take that away and failed. Because of that, and a few nicely thrown balls (and one lucky bounce to Simspon) our offense was effective enough to keep the clock moving, give the defense a blow and put a few points on the board.
Sometimes you get a win by taking what their D gives and thats what we saw yesterday even though it wasn't the high flying shootout everybody expected to see.
Sticking to what our strength was......AD (which they couldn't stop) and a mix of some short Dink/Dunk passing (which they were ready to stop) with a few very nice shots (which they struggled with) to Simpson.
He did, however, mix in a few plays that absolutely had me ready to go beserk over. Good think I was holding my Grandson. Kept me on an even keel.....:)
Still, they are better than I thought they would be, mostly because I thought we would see more inconsitency even during the wins. So far, they have been pretty strong in the following areas....
ST's - Young Blair let me down a bit. Kluwe seems to be off his a game just a tad as well.
QB-Face it, the kid is smart with the ball and is putting it in the areas of the right WR's on almost every throw-The stuff everyone craves (deep throws) will come in time.
Have shown improvement over the last couple of games in the following areas:
DL (Especially with the young guys in there)
WR/TE's - Up until this game but I blame the coaches for that and their game plan if blame really needs to be levied. Truth be told, I like that they didn't throw it all over in this one.
NFC North Week 4 Quarterback Report - NFC North Blog - ESPNQuote:
but in the end Ponder is the only NFL starter without an interception, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Season Overview: NFC North QBs
Player Passer rating NFL rank* QBR NFL rank* Christian Ponder 97.7 8 68.9 11 Aaron Rodgers 95.7 12 60.9 16 Matthew Stafford 81.6 22 59.1 17 Jay Cutler 58.6* 31 31.4* 30
Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things We Learned in 20-13 Win over LionQuote:
We know that Matthew Stafford can put up some huge numbers as a passer. We'd heard that the Detroit Lions had found the power back with some speed that they've been looking for for years. We know that Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in football.
The Vikings defense straight up whipped them.
Yes, Stafford ended up with 319 passing yards, but over 200 of them were when the Vikings were in "bend but don't break" mode. The new running back, Mikel Leshoure, was held in check all day long, kept to just 26 yards on 13 carries, and his biggest gain of the day ended in a fumble that the Vikings recovered.
The Vikings defense hit and hit and hit some more. Chad Greenway, Antoine Winfield, Harrison Smith, Letroy Guion and Everson Griffen all did enough to earn game balls Sunday. And they weren't alone.
The Vikings defense doesn't look even remotely like the group that played in 2011. The rotation of defensive linemen seems to be working perfectly, and the defensive backs are making plays all over the field.
It's easy to argue that the Lions offense laid an egg on Sunday, but much of that had to do with the Vikings smothering offense.
3-1 and atop the NFC North is where it's gotten them. So far, so good.
Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things We Learned in 20-13 Win over Lions | Bleacher Report
WOW. 3-1!!!?!?? Nobody saw that coming, eh!??? Even the talking heads are starting to take notice, 2 of 5 picked us to win during the pregame show yesterday, and I heard Mooch said he, "Love, Love, LOVES!" the old-school game the Vikings are playing!! ;)
What I love the most, is that we've played a solid game on all three phases, and against good teams, for two weeks straight!!! Obviously, STs won this game, scoring 14 of our 20 points...the 6 we got on offense, would not have been enough. But, once again, Ponder did just enough, and did NOT try to do too much, and thus lose the game for us. As mentioned, the PI calls don't show up on the stat sheet, but they do give us first downs, and big chunks of (57) yards down field. The threat of Simpson was worth at least 2 free first downs, and that catch he made over the defender's head was freaking amazing!
The Defense has been out-standing, despite their lack of "flash plays." We're no.9 in total yards allowed, dropped to 15 vs. passing yards, but moved up to 7 vs. rushing yards, and in the ALL IMPORTANT POINTS ALLOWED, we are number 7 as well!!!
Walsh and company have improved STs incredibly, and we're winning because we're not beating ourselves for a change. I'm still not expecting playoffs, but the future is starting to look a lot brighter!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!
Now just don't trip yourselves up vs. the Titans next week!!!
Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings - NFC North Blog - ESPNQuote:
- In-game charting from ESPN Stats & Information uncovers a revealing approach the Vikings have taken with tailback Adrian Peterson, who is still recovering from December knee surgery. In four games this season, 94 percent of his carries and total yards have come on runs between the tackles. Sunday, none of his 21 carries went outside of the tackles. In previous seasons, Peterson has run between the tackles anywhere from 69.7 percent (2009) to 81.6 percent (2010). When the trend is so clear after a fair sample size, it's fair to call it intentional. It makes perfect sense to maximize what Peterson still has -- strength and power -- rather than force what is still coming around, namely his speed and explosion out of cuts. Regardless, Peterson had more bounce in his step Sunday than at any point this season. He finished with 102 yards on 21 carries while playing the highest percentage of the Vikings' snaps (79) since he returned.
- The debut of receiver Jerome Simpson coincided with one of the worst passing days, in terms of net yards, by an NFL team this season. But Simpson absolutely had an impact on this game as a deep threat. His leaping 27-yard reception, the Vikings' second-longest this season, extended a fourth-quarter possession and required the Lions to use two extra timeouts. In the first half, meanwhile, Simpson drew a pair of pass interference calls. So looked at one way, Simpson accounted for 107 yards of offense on six plays -- four catches for 50 yards and two penalties for 57. Maybe that's why usually dispassionate coach Leslie Frazier had Simpson in a bear hug when the game was over. The Vikings couldn't have hoped for too much more in his first game of 2012.