Vikings Gun Down Seattle 35-9 November 22nd, 2009
Posted by LOTGK on November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22nd, history repeats itself. The Seattle Seahawks motorcade unsuspectingly rolled into town and were unceremoniously gunned down by the Minnesota Vikings. Percy Harvin, Viking rookie receiver, contributed to the massacre with 5 catches for 79 yards and a touch down. As a rookie, he is just learning the essence of being a mechanic and contrary to folklore, he is not the lone gunman.
Brett Favre, seasoned veteran and reported “Don” of the unit, (It’s not a unit, it’s a club!) fired 25 shots missing only three. Spectators at the scene confirmed that yes, there were three shots misfired. Rumors of more went unsubstantiated. His kill rating was an impressive 88%, the best of his career. (Like shooting fish in a barrel) Favre holds the record of throwing 4 TD passes in 22 games surpassing Dan Marino.
Sidney Rice, (Rumored to be lurking on the grassy knoll) continued his assault with six catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Rice is on pace for 1400 yards receiving and 80 catches. Very impressive.
Harvin and Rice weren’t the only receivers blazing guns on Sunday. Visanthe Shiancoe hauled in 8 catches for 78 yards and a TD, his seventh of the season.
The Williams Commission (Three Men And A Mullet) thwarted any escape path from the Seahawks running backs. Fifteen attempts were made, only 4 yards were netted. Jared Allen and Ray Edwards hassled the quarterback all day forcing errant throws and stalled drives. Case in point, Seattle only had 43 total plays and under 18 minutes of possession.
Adrian Peterson had a standard running back day, 24 carries for 82 yards. However, those are not Peterson numbers. In week one, when Peterson had 180 rushing yards, I believed the addition of Brett Favre would compliment Peterson and raise his game level even higher and perhaps in reach of the elusive 2000 yard rushing mark. Peterson is at 1000 yards through ten games. Exceptional no doubt, but he had these number levels with Jackson and Frerotte at the helm. I was expecting more. Just saying!
The Vikings are 9-1 and host the Mooning Devin Hester Chicago Bears next week. Jay Cutler is on the hot seat, (Who knew!) and must have a good game to salvage their season and his legacy. The team is backed against the wall and in my opinion, will come out swinging letting it all hang out. They have nothing to lose. An injured animal is a very dangerous animal. With a Viking win, they will all but clinch the NFC North with a four game lead on the second place Packers.
Antoine Winfield watch. I believe the Vikings are holding him out until he is absolutely 100% healthy, for the potential playoff stretch, and hoping Sapp can continue to stopgap until his return. Winfield makes the defense go, supporting the run defense, and taking opposing teams best receiver out of the mix.
Brad Childress was awarded a contract extension this week extending through the 2013 th season. Good thing the world is going to end in 2012. When Favre finally, finally, I’m not kidding, this time it’s for real, retire, so will the Vikings chances of super bowl appearances.
Don’t think for one moment that the Vikings would be 9-1 at this point with Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels at the helm. And don’t think for one moment Childress would have a contract extension in place as well. Brett Favre has done this. His quarterback rating is the best in his 18 year all pro hall of fame career.
As Nostradamus often did, a glimpse into the future of the Vikings in the next decade does not look well. Lets say Favre plays one more year, the 2010 season. Then what? A full time 42-year-old starting quarterback is not a player to build a franchise upon. Especially with Pat Williams and Winfield edging to the age of no return. Lets hope the Vikings win back to back Super Bowls and ease some of the pain for the second decade of the new millennium.
Side note: I think Darren Sharper is relishing his decision with his switch to the Saints. Perhaps he will face the Vikings later this year in the playoffs. I can only hope.
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL