August 14th, 2009-
The Minnesota Vikings showed up at Lucas Oil Stadium with a lot of questions that needed to be answered.
- Quarterback: Tarvaris Jackson vs Sage Rosenfels
- Percy Harvin: Boom or Bust?
-Special Teams Performance
- E.J Henderson: Can he play after his injury last season?
Most of these questions were answered within minutes of the opening kickoff.
Sage Rosenfels led the vikings down the field without making a forced throw. He seemed fluid in his motions and didn't hesitate once. The drive was capped off by a 5 yard touchdown run by Chester Taylor. Adrian Peterson had 4 carries for 20 yards, and Visanthe Shiancoe had a few nice grabs as well. Special teams played much better than what we saw last year thanks in large part to Heath Farwell being at full health. Carl Paymah (a new offseason addition and special teams juggernaut) and Farwell were both in on tackles during the first kickoff and punt of the Minnesota Vikings.
The Defense was steller and yes, E.J's still got it. The Colts first drive consisted of 6 snaps, 3 of which Peyton Manning was sacked. Jared Allen, Fred Evans, and Ray Edwards were the culprits bringing down Manning. On one particular play, Manning rolled out to his left, E.J shot the flat that Peyton occupied and nearly destroyed him...had it not been for Fred Evans grabbing Manning at the ankles and bringing him down, Colts fans could have had to wait for next year before Manning saw another sack.
The Colts gained 142 net yards in the entire game, while the Vikes piled on 351. It was a dominating performance but this is only pre-season. Other Vikings that played well were Albert Young (2nd year, Iowa), Ian Johnson (rookie-Boise State), and Phil Loadholt (rookie- Oklahoma). Tarvaris Jackson completed half of his passes but only threw for 39 yards. He looked confused, and is still forcing passes. He should not be the starter for the Minnesota Vikings.
Next game - Friday vs. Kansas City - HHH Metrodome. Hit up www.ticketmaster.com for tickets.
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