Favre, Vikings let out a huge sigh of relief after defeating Dallas in the Metrodome on Sunday
I would be remiss if I didn’t give some props to a certain coaching staff and a certain quarterback whom I have not been too kind to recently. Part of the reason I have to give them props is because they had a game plan that featured Brett Favre throwing the ball only 19 times and providing the type of balance I have been hoping for ever since Favre took over this offense. Favre’s tendinitis likely was a big reason for the conservative play calling, but since the Cowboys were putting their safety way deep, it worked out well as Favre was able to simply complete high percentage passes underneath.
- The offensive line was absolutely awful in both the pass and the run game. Peterson was running into a brick wall all day long and Favre spent way too much time on his back, particularly early on in the game. A couple of times, Favre can be blamed for hanging onto the ball for way too long. The two tackles, McKinnie and Loadholt, always show flashes of dominance but are inconsistent and prone to penalties. Jon Cooper started today, but should not be considered a starting caliber center in the NFL, especially after getting killed by Jay Ratliff all day long.
- E.J. Henderson’s return to football after his gruesome injury has finally come full circle, as today was the first time he put up a Pro Bowl style performance since making his comeback. He not only had two interceptions, but was a big reason why Marion Barber and Felix Jones were held to a combination of 63 yards on 24 carries. It is good to see him playing at such a high level.
- Lito Sheppard is not an adequate replacement for Cedric Griffin. He was the victim on all three on Romo’s touchdown passes and was simply outmatched by both Roy Williams and Dez Bryant on multiple occasions. Asher Allen was not a whole lot better, and watching the game ending interception go right through his hands, shows why he is not yet ready to step up and be a starting caliber cornerback. Perhaps Chris Cook will be the answer, but he has to find his way back onto the field first.
- While the Vikings remain in third place of the NFC North, they made some much needed progress in their sloppy win on Sunday. Even a sloppy win is still a win, especially when every one of your divisional opponents loses. The Vikings are now 2-3 and are preparing to meet the 3-3 Packers next week, in what is shaping up to be a huge Sunday Night game. The Bears remain in first place with a record of 4-2, but appear to be beatable by just about anyone. The Lions are still in the basement with another loss putting them to 1-5.