Great game for both fans and neutrals alike. Not too many penalties and the backups played like 1st teamers for the most part, good to have Smith back even if he did look a little rusty.
Glad to hear Frazier et al are off and we will have a new HC for next season, I expect the appointment will come early and it wont surprise me if its a college coach. No on ne has mentioned the owner of the worlds smallest play card yet.
I do hope Musgrave follows Frazier out of the door and we get a guy with some passion and fire. Overall I was really happy with the way we played, holding their running game to a season low and burning them for close to 400 yds passing.
I think we keep Cassel now and get a QB late 1st or 2nd along with a line backer and offensive tackle? or replacement or Jared Allen?
Boils down to sharp play from the qb which keeps the defense out of bad situations. Took this bozo coaching staff long enough to figure it out. Ponder can't carry Cassel's jock in a bucket.
Who was that team in purple out there yesterday at the Metrodome and what did you do with my beloved Vikings!!!
Wow, Did not expect to see 48 points put up, the most since 1998.
Glad to see the "Turnover Machine" (as a certain somebody refers to him) was effective again today, with over 350 yards and 3 tds. The interception was a batted pass, so not DIRECTLY due to a poor decision or throw.
QB: A- Pretty darn good. First 300+ passer in quite a while. He showed poise in the pocket, confidence in this throws, and the courage to stand in and take a hit or run the ball. It's obvious who the best QB on this team is.
RB: B- You can't be too hard on Asiata, a 3rd string who never sees the field is asked to start. He didn't have a terribly strong game between the 20s, but I give him credit on making the most of his goal line carries. 3TDs is pretty good no matter who you are.
TE: C+ A few nice catches by Ford, but with our top two TEs out, you expect some drop off, which happened. Glad to see the backups didn't make costly mistakes (Ahem.. ellison) to cost us points. THey made catches when needed, didn't fumble or have penalties. Overall a not bad outing
OL: B- Amazing what a confident QB will do for an OL. From a technical standpoint, we didn't play any better on the OL than we had throughout the year, but Cassel did a significantly better job of knowing where to go with the ball, only running if he was actually out of time. He had an awareness of the pocket, and was ususally able to escape pressure. A couple sacks, one he darn near brok out of.
WR: A a Damn fine game by Jennings. Like they say, the guys is open (Despite what Ponder tells the media), we just need to get him the ball. Well thrown balls got him 150+ yards. Wright had some very nice grabs, as did Patterson and Simpson. Too bad Patterson couldn't come down with that ball in the endzone. He had it, but the DB did a great job of ripping his hands apart.
DL: A- Not bad at all. They were solid in containing Lesean, pressured Foles to making some poor throws. Add a few sacks in there, and they had a decent game.
LB: B+ A not bad game. Got beat a few times, the long Jackson run was brutal (fortunately the reverse got called back), and he took a screen way longer than he should have. Outside of Desean, they tackled fairly well, and covered decently.
DB: D+ We're really depleted at corner. It's tough to be too hard, when our starters consist of Prater (Who?) and Robert Blanton in Nickel formations. When we need a backup safety to play corner, we're hurting. We got toasted for almost 400 yards as usual, with almost 200 yards to Desean Jackson alone. THe pick was nice, but it would be nicer to not give up 30 points every game. With Robinson on IR now, only Xavier can help us.
Coaching: B Coaches actually coached fairly well. Got back into old habits at times, but like someone here mentioned, without AP, Musgrave had to get creative with the ball. He wasn't nearly as predictable with where the ball was going. If only we could get this musgrave the other 15 weeks.
I bet we'd be pushing for a playoff spot had Cassel been the starter all year...
Not that I'm crowning Cassel as a great QB. The Vikes just need a decent quarterback that wont go out and lose them games. Make the short simple passes consistently and hit a deep ball here and there. Something Ponder isn't capable of.