Here is a quick recap of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly I saw from the Vikings game.
Sage Rosenfels continued to impress during the pre-season which could turn out to benefit the Vikings as they are more than likely looking to move him sometime before the 53 man rosters are set. He looked poised in the pocket, was able to step up and make a few good throws to move the chains down for a score.
Darius Reynaud looked very serviceable in the return game in place of Percy Harvin, who I assume they are keeping out of those duties for a while until they get more established at WR and his migraines improve. He also had a couple of nice rushes which will only improve his chances of making the roster.
Greg Camarillo seemed to fit in seamlessly in his Vikings debut as he had 4 catches for 47 yards receiving. It was pretty clear after his first reception that Favre felt comfortable throwing to him. His ability to be a possession receiver will allow Berrian to work down the field and Harvin to work the seems from the slot.
Javon Walker briefly showed why he “could” add value to this team. His size and athletic ability are the reasons he was able to make a nice catch over the defender in the endzone for a touchdown from Sage. Favre did target him a couple times with no receptions, although one near the goalline could have been caught.
The defense had an overall decent night allowing only 2 FG’s with a seemingly “bend but don’t break approach” as they were not overwhelming. They did, however, force the Seahawks to go 0-3 in redzone attempts. Chris Cook, who started at RCB, looked impressive stepping up to make tackles, but the secondary as a whole needs to make a few more plays and get some turnovers to get their offense back on the field.
The offensive line had some protection issues as well as opening up some holes for the backs at times. Largely due to moving their RG over to C and starting a rookie at RG, but the line will need to improve in order to protect Favre.
While Favre didn’t have a horrible overall day, as he still showed his ability to throw, he did end up with 2 Int’s (one of which was partly Berrians fault and was returned for a TD) and also 2 fumbles (one was erased by an illegal contact penalty). Favre’s other interception was down the sidelines where he was just too greedy trying to target Camarillo thinking he was actually Sidney Rice.
Adrian Peterson was unable to get much of anything going today as he had a long 24 yard TD run, but only managed 13 yards on his other 10 carries. Again this can be attributed in part to the offensive line issues. I will add that he looked good in the receiving game, which will be a big part of his offensive production this year with Chester Taylor gone.
Besides the Ray Edwards sack when he got a great jump off the line (or was offsides, take your pick), the first team D-line never really had too much pressure on Matt Hasselback. This is a big strength of their defense and will need to improve in 2 weeks when they face Drew Brees and the Saints.