There was a Super Bowl-like anticipation leading up to last night's game between the Vikings and Saints. Personally, I have had trouble containing my excitement for the last two weeks. As kickoff approached, I was like a giddy schoolgirl fidgeting in my seat.
The opening drive took all of two minutes and four seconds, confirming my suspicion. The Super Bowl game was a 31-28 win for the Saints, and this game was going to have all the scoring and thrills that it had been built up to have. And then something happened.
According to ESPN.com, there was never a play totaling over 33 yards. There was only one turnover and only one touchdown scored in the second half. I began yelling at the T.V. wondering where all the points were.
Brett Favre was off his game. Friday was filled with speculation as to why this was, but I know there is no need to worry. The Vikings may need to adjust their playing style with Adrian Peterson as an increased centerpiece. Peterson looked possessed last night and his first half running, as well as Pierre Thomas' second half running, were some of the more exciting parts of the game.
Maybe Favre was rusty, or just not yet on the level with a slightly different receiving core. With Sidney Rice out for at least six weeks, Favre struggled to find his weapons. This is more apparent realizing that TE Visante Shiancoe led the team with only four receptions. But make no mistake, Favre will begin to pick and choose his weapons as the season continues like he always does. Look for Greg Camarillo to begin being a new face that Favre likes to look to.
I was able to contemplate these things during five plus minute dragging drives throughout the course of the game.
The upside of a 14-9 game is the obvious assumption that the defenses must have played well. Still, there were not many exciting plays to be had. The game looked exactly like what some of the other games this weekend will look like...rusty, inconsistent, and consequently, boring. It still seems difficult to top the lack of excitement that this one had.