Vikings Takes from week 3 by Joel Schafer

In a day that seemed like it would be close all game long going into the locker rooms at half time with only a 3 point lead, Xavier Rhodes was knocked out of the game late in the 2nd quarter after taking friendly fire on the Rivers touchdown pass to Keenan Allen. The Vikings pulled away and dominated on both sides of the ball in the second half winning 31-14. They sent San Diego home on a trickle feed.


Everson Griffen and company beat up Philip Rivers all day. Rivers was hit 12 times including 3 sacks and a forced fumble that was recovered by Captain Munnerlyn. Rivers got rocked in the third quarter by Anthony Barr forcing the Chargers to burn a timeout to keep Rivers in the game.


Trae Waynes  got to see some extra time on the field due to Rhodes concussion. Trae looked good and did not have any lapses that caused problems for the defense that was clicking. This is a good sign for Skol nation to see that the next man up can come in and contribute.


Teddy Bridgewater was asked to throw the ball only 24 times  due to  the ground game chewing up 173  yards. Adrian Peterson or better known these days as  Big Brown toted the rock 20 times for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. ( Everson Griiffen wired for sound) Big Brown broke the game open the game early in the second half with a crushing 43 run to pay dirt. A.P. put Jimmy Wilson on the ground with a stiff arm, ran right by an Erik Weddle attempted shoulder tackle and waltzed into the endzone.


I would be a terrible person if I didn’t mention the Chad Greenway  interception and 91 yard return for 6 points. Greenway is the longest tenured player on the team and a good leader for the young linebackers that the Vikings have. Chad reeled in pick 6 with one hand and had a convoy of purple down the Vikings sideline.


Bridgewater completed only 13 of 24 passes and had one poorly thrown ball resulted in a turnover. There were several factors to this one mistake that he made that lead to this. First  and foremost the ball he threw on the previous play hit Kyle Rudolph in the numbers and would have been a Touchdown. Second, there was a missed assignment of and unaccounted for  linebacker that ran free on the backside of Teddy. Finally the ball was thrown off his back foot and to the inside not to the outside where only his man could make the play.

The Viking won their second game in a row using bully ball. They knocked down, beat up and even teased the geek, Philip Rivers the entire game.  The Vikings offensive line pushed the Chargers all over the field. Peterson abused a few safeties. Bully ball was in full effect.


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