The NFL season is almost upon us, and teams are beginning the tough task of narrowing down their rosters. As for one player, he hopes to build bonds with his players on and off the field, in hopes of a successful season which is less then two weeks away.
So, if Brett Favre has caused a so called "Schism" in the Minnesota Vikings locker room, it was certainly hushed for the time being. Especially coming off a impressive 17-10 Monday night victory over the host Houston Texans.
The Vikings looked solid on both sides of the ball in their third preseason game.
The biggest celebrity of the night however, was Brett Favre, who managed to improve from last Friday's mediocre performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in which he managed to only go 1-for-4 for four total yards passing. That single pass went to Vikings' rookie Wide Receiver Percy Harvin.
Granted it was his first official game with his new offense, Favre had to show improvement.
Coming off a full week of practice and one preseason game under his belt, Favre was expected to play the entire first half and build to rhythm and chemistry with his Viking team mates.
Favre needed to show improvement with the Vikings offense, and he did just that.
Going 13-of-18 for 142 passing yards with 1 TD. A short pass to running back Chester Taylor, who then in turn, crashed through Texan defenders on his way to a 28 yard touchdown.
It was a solid performance from the 39 year-old quarterback, but what was more impressive was his ability to control the game and make the right, necessary, decisions with the football.
The biggest positive from Favre's play was that he didn't make any crucial mistakes or turnovers through out his two and a half quarters of play.
Another Viking player in midseason form was Vikings' all-star running back Adrian Peterson, who on the first Vikings offensive play, took the handoff from Favre and sped past the Houston Texans secondary for a 75-yard touchdown run.
Peterson would finish off the night with 11 carries for 117 yards and 1 rushing TD.
The Vikings defense also looked like they were in regular season form, getting Defensive End Jared Allen back after suffering a ankle sprain during practice last week. Also returning for the starters was Nose Tackle Pat Williams, who was held out of the first two games for a minor injury and rest.
The defense forced two interceptions—Linebacker Ben Leber and Free Saftey Madieu Williams, the recipients of those interceptions. As well as, one sack from Jared Allen as the Vikings' defense wreaked havoc on the Houston Texans first and second string offenses.
Once again though, all eye were on Brett Favre, who showed off his surgically repaired arm by throwing speedy bullets into Wide Receivers Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, and Tight End Visanthe Shianco all game long.
However, once piece missing from that Wide Receiver corps was Vikings' deep threat Bernard Berrian who was dressed up and warming up before game time, but was then seen wearing street clothes before the National anthem.
The Vikings now move on with a 3-0 record in the preseason, but must get ready to face the Dallas Cowboys in their final preseason game at home.
Also to note, Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff will have reason to be busy, as they prepare to start their player cuts, in preparation for their final 53-man roster.
All NFL teams must have their rosters down to 53 players before next Saturday night.
So how do you think Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings offense looked against the Houston Texans? What did you think of the Minnesota Vikings defense so far?
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