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2015 Week Three: Vikings vs Chargers

The Vikings got off to an atrocious start. After that… it was weirdly smooth sailing. I didn’t know what to do with myself in the 4th quarter. It was weird knowing we were going to win the game WAY before the game was over. A nice feeling for once. Maybe the analysts’ predictions for the team in the off-season will pan out.

I had to really reach to find Bad and Ugly things this week. That was also a great feeling. I hope this team makes me look like a positive, optimistic homer in weeks to come.

Let’s break it down.

Chad Greenway with a Pick-6!

Chad Greenway with a Pick-6! (Photo: Minnesota Vikings)

The Good

  • The Vikings recovered a Philip Rivers fumble and were able to convert it for points. The unfortunate part is that it was only for 3.
  • The Vikings defense was strong in the 1st quarter.
  • Jerrick McKinnon has wheels. And ball security. A good option at running back, no matter the down.
  • Adrian Peterson scored the first TD of the game. The Vikings didn’t use him earlier in the drive. Felt machinated to me – had to break that dry spell, I guess. McKinnon and Asiata, along with Wallace and Wright (and Teddy, too!) did the heavy lifting to get the Vikings to the goal line.
  • Philip Rivers could not catch a break in the 1st half. The Vikings defense was all over the Chargers’ offense.
  • Everson Griffen had a great sack on Rivers in the first half.
  • Tom Johnson took Rivers to the turf to start the 2nd half and took away the Chargers’ plan to start the 3rd quarter with momentum.
  • After the Vikings’ defense forced the Chargers to punt, Marcus Sherels had a great return and then next thing we knew – Adrian Peterson was stiff-arming a defender and then rushing for a TD. My thought was: “Hey Chargers – how’s that momentum thing going for ya?”
  • Blair Walsh’s kick offs were stupendous.
  • Trae Waynes saw significant playing time after Rhodes was injured.  He made the most of those opportunities and had some good plays.
  • Mike Wallace looks like a great add to the squad.
  • A Blair Walsh confidence-boosting FG was negated… by a stupid Chargers holding penalty. The result? The drive ended in a Zach Line rushing TD and a solid Blair Walsh exclamation point. Not saying the Walsh Slump is over… but… maybe?
  • Through the 3rd quarter, the Vikings had only 1 penalty. Great discipline. I approve!
  • GREENWAY with a Pick-6. All you Greenway haters out there… he’s older, sure, but he’s led this team in tackles for many years and he’s a great team player. I was happy for him on this play.
  • Sharrif Floyd sacked Rivers on a 4th-and-6, forcing the Chargers to turn it over on downs. Nice job guys!
Matt Kalil: struggled early in the game.

Matt Kalil: struggled early in the game.

The Bad

  • Fusco and Kalil failed when it came to pass protection in the first quarter. Multiple times.
  • On the 1st Vikings offensive drive, Rudolph missed a catchable ball in the end zone. The next play was Teddy being intercepted in the end zone. As I said… An atrocious start!
  • Charles Johnson was carted to the locker room early in the game. He later returned to the field.
  • Justin Trattou was injured and it doesn’t look good. As of this writing, no real information about what happened to his left leg/ankle.
  • The Vikings defense waned late in the 2nd quarter. The Vikings had pinned the Charges deep in their own territory and when Rivers managed to throw a bomb for a first down and then some, the defense never recovered. The result was a Chargers’ TD and an injured Xavier Rhodes.
  • Roughing the passer call on Everson Griffen put the Chargers in the red zone at the start of the 4th quarter. However, nothing came of it as the Vikings defense went in for the kill with Greenway’s pick-6.
  • The Vikings defense went on autopilot for the Chargers’ last offensive drive. I get it… but it would still be nice to see a little effort from some of the 2nd stringers.

The Ugly

  • The Vikings defense still has an issue with tackling fundamentals. It’s not everyone, and it’s not anyone in particular. Sometimes they just get sloppy. While the defense has been more than serviceable as of late, they’re going to need to work on those if they want to win enough games to get into the post season.
  • Sendejo got a little crazy, nearly taking Trae Waynes out. Maybe he can spend some time focusing on his coverage this week. And meditate, dude. Serenity – get in the zone.
Vikings win with plenty of fanfare on Alumni Day!

Vikings win with plenty of fanfare on Alumni Day!

The Inexplicable

  • On Greenway’s pick-6, an assistant coach took out a ref, securing a 15 yard unsportsman-like conduct penalty. Totally stupid. Watch where you’re going you dodos!

So that’s it, my Vikings friends. A big win over the Chargers, bringing the Vikings to 2-1. What do you predict for our favorite team this season?






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