04 January 2010
Vikes Dominate Giants 44-7
In this game the pass set-up the run for much of the game. It looks like that the Vikes continued the type of play calling they starting in the second half of last weeks MNF game vs. da Bears. It was extremely effective throughout the game. At halftime, the Vikes had a 31-0 led and Favre had 3 TDs(1-Shanks, 2-Rice) and 271 yards passing. Favre was pulled with about 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. To end the game Favre had 316 yards passing, 4 TD, 0 INTS, 0 SACKS- and a passing ratting of 148.7(perfect passing rating-158.3). With the way that Favre has played in the past couple of weeks, I do not see much fading in his game late in the season. As long as the line can protect him, theVikes offense will be just fine.
The Vikes receivers could not be stopped in this contest. Sid the Kid is very comparable to Moss, he has great hand, speed and the leaping ability the displays each week. Rice has come into his own and has shown the NFL he is a BIG play receiver week after week. In the game,Rice caught six passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Percy Harvin is the little engine that could. He does not go down very easy, he has displayed that all year long. This season, Harvin has amassed over 2,000 all purpose yards this season in his rookie season.Harvin had 7 catches for 59 yards and a rush for 22 yards. I still think that that Vikes offense, just is not that same without him in the lineup.
The Viking as a unit were relentless all game long. The Giants OL had no answers for the Vikes defensive scheme in this one. Eli Manning was being pressured by the Vikes all game and was sacked 3 times(Allen,Robison,and Edwards). The Vikes had 2 forced fumbles, 1 of which was recovered. The DL tipped a Manning pass and Chad Greenway intercepted Manning. Overall, this group was clicking and allowing nothing from a depleted Giants team. This is the way the Vikes need to tackle and play against every team for the playoffs.
With this victory the Vikes have won 12 game this season, the most since the '98 season of 15. It was not an easy regular season. It is good that this team had ups and downs this year. With the Cowboys giving the Vikes a gift later in the day beating the Eagles 24-0, so that means that the Vikes earn a 1st round bye. I for one just hope that Vikes can continue this type of play throughout the playoffs from the Vikings team.