Points of Vikings Emphasis for Brad Childress During Bye Week

The Minnesota Vikings have finally lived up to 2010 expectations and won their first intra-division game against the Detroit Lions. This is certainly a weight lifted off the shoulders of all associated with the organization, especially Brett Favre and Head Coach Brad Childress. All’s well that ends well, but they are still in the infancy of their sixteen game regular season schedule and there are certainly still areas of concern surrounding the squad.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has to find ways to cut down on Favre’s interceptions. The latter has always had the label of a gunslinger who can make a gigantic play in crunch time…with the downside that you get a negative outcome half the time. The common denominator with the winless high profile teams coming into this week is that neither Childress nor Wade Phillips is perceived as a mastermind with a headset.

There is only one Bill Belichick in the NFL, so the staff should open the possibilities to things that worked for Favre in Green Bay and various ways to set him up for success through safe plays to Visanthe Shiancoe. The leg injury that he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions is not considered serious.

By Patrick Herbert

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Vikings fans: In Visanthe Shiancoe We Trust

Visanthe Shiancoe and Adrian Peterson have been beasts for the Vikings offense. They have been the only two playmakers that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could turn to for consistent production thus far.

The good news is that the Vikings scored nineteen points…in two games. As mentioned in a previous blog, the loss of Sidney Rice is concerning and the offense must diversify to become more dynamic.

The play calling has been puzzling in the first two contests because the team abandoned Peterson in the second half of the season opener and they failed to become spontaneous in the crucial moments of the Dolphins game. With Brett Favre’s three interceptions, it was not shocking to see the ball go to Peterson near the goal line. Even more puzzling is why Ryan Longwell didn’t attempt a field goal in the first half when the Vikings had a chance to put points on the board. A field goal in the mid forties for an NFL kicker in a dome is a slam dunk.

By Patrick Herbert

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