Vikings Vs. Jets Monday Night Football: Live Reaction To Game's Biggest Stories
The 3-1 Jets want to maintain their division lead while the 1-2 Vikings would like to get to .500. Both teams have excellent defenses, excellent running games, and inconsistent passing games. Both teams will have a new addition at receiver tonight (suspended Santonio Holmes will be making his Jets debut tonight).
It should be a good game. Stick around.
And you probably have fantasy football implications riding tonight, anyway. So you're going to want updates.
The Jets defense stepped up.
Dwight Lowery undercut a pass to Visanthe Shiancoe and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown, finally hammering the last nail in the Vikings' coffin tonight. That was the third Vikings turnover - the third Favre turnover - in this game, while the Jets had none. Sometimes games are as simple as that, three turnovers to none.
The Vikings had chances to win, to overcome their own inefficiency, but they eventually fell short. They fall to 1-3 and will host the 1-3 Dallas Cowboys next week. Another week for Randy Moss to acclimate himself to the offense will do good. There is time to recover for Minnesota, the season isn't lost. But the wins need to start coming in bunches and soon.
The Jets improve to 4-1 and stay atop the AFC. Sanchez had a somewhat erratic game and the defense had a rough stretch for a period in the second half, but every unit ended up contributing to this win. The special teams (with five field goals and a long Brad Smith return), the passing game (Santonio Holmes had a good debut in green), the running game (155 rushing yards on 32 carries), and most of all defense (4 sacks, 8 quarterback hits, 9 passes defended, and one game-sealing touchdown).
The Jets should be very happy with this win and their team. Things are looking up in New York.
Terrible play-calling and execution and overall understanding of the laws of football by the Jets will give the Vikings the ball with a little under two minutes left in the game.
The Vikings called a timeout after Santonio Holmes caught a first down, and seemingly half the nail was in the coffin. Then a couple of incompletions happened and Brett Favre and the Vikings have the ball with 1:48 left in the game, down two.
This should be an interesting ending.
A 23-yard untouched touchdown run off right guard by Shonn Greene had given the Jets a two possesion lead, 22-13.
Think Brad Childress wishes he kicked that extra point?
The Jets have rushed for 154 yards on 30 carries, 5.1 yards per carry. When a team is able to dominate the line of scrimmage like that and control the clock and the ball, it is difficult to overcome. Minnesota needed a mini-miracle to overcome this deficit.
After a big Percy Harvin return, a long Adrian Peterson reception and a long Greg Lewis reception, the Vikings had the ball first and goal at the Jets 11 when they got their mini-miracle: a toe-tapping touchdown for Percy Harvin. 22-20 Jets Lead with 3:09 left in the game.
It's not over yet.
Randy Moss was open deep. Percy Harvin was open on a slant and then on a dig.
Brett Favre missed all three passes. Just a little off.
The Vikings will again have to rely on their defense to make a stop and give the offense one more chance. New York has the ball at their own 34-yard line with 7:06 to go in the game. They will no doubt try to run the ball and drain the clock. It's time for the Williams Wall to make their impact on the game. Field position is more crucial than ever.
Percy Harvin, the seemingly forgotten man in the Minnesota offense now, ran a deep cross route on 3rd-and-19, caught a bullet from Brett, and ran untouched twenty yards into the end zone. Minnesota's offense has come alive in the past five minutes and the Jets look lost on defense. Adrian Peterson had a 30-yard rush on the drive and stiff-armed Darrelle Revis into the ground on another rush. Favre's passes have that zip everyone remembers.
There is plenty of game left.
After missing the two-point conversion (which head coach Brad Childress stupidly used a timeout during, in order to figure out if he wanted to go for two), Minnesota is losing 15-13. The Jets have the lead, but Minnesota clearly has all the momentum.
Brett Favre threw a perfect 37-yard rainbow touchdown down the right sideline to Randy Moss that cut the Jets lead to 12-7. With one pass, the complexion of the game - possibly the season - changed. That's why you trade for Randy Moss. It was Favre's 500th career touchdown pass.
Immediately following that though, Brad Smith returned the kick 86 yards to the Minnesota 19. The Vikings defense has played great in the red zone while holding the Jets to four field goals and they continued that trend with another red zone stop. A 31-yard field goal by Nick Folk has the Jets up 15-7 with 49 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.
With the Moss pass though, the Jets have to be worried, and seams and lanes will begin to open up for the other Minnesota players, like Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.
After a dominant display by Ray Edwards and the Vikings defense, forcing the Jets back ten yards and a three-and-out, the ball slips out of Brett Favre's hand on the first play of the half for Minnesota. It's past his bedtime.
The fumble gave Favre the NFL record for most fumbles in a career. So he's got that going for him, which is nice.
The Jets are rumbling down the field, inside the Vikings 20, and looking to put more distance between them and the Vikings.
The rain is coming down hard, as thick as snow. It wouldn't be surprising to see the game delayed yet again.
Despite the rain, the Jets mounted a drive inside the Vikings 5-yard line. But Sanchez missed on three passes and New York was forced to kick a field goal. Nick Folk was able to kick a perfect 22-yard field goal even though he's in a pneumonia-inducing monsoon.
New York is up 9-0 at halftime and they will start the second half with the ball looking to ice this game. The way Brett Favre is bouncing passes and missing receivers, New York might not need any more points. But the way the Jets are running the ball, more points will be easy to get.
A 53-yard field goal by Nick Folk has given the Jets a 6-0 lead. They have 8 first downs to Minnesota's one. They have 158 total yards to Minnesota's 49 total yards. The time of possession battle is 14:46 to 9:45 in favor New York. It has been a demoralizing game so far for Minnesota.
But the game is still only 6-0. New York can't be happy right now.
And Minnesota really can't be happy right now, since Brett Favre just fumbled the snap like some rookie and Bart Scott recovered the ball at the Vikings' 47-yardline with four minutes to go in the half.
If the Vikings defense can hold New York to a field goal here, they should consider it a victory.
On a 3rd-and-15, the Jets run a give-up play with a draw up the middle. But LT gets 16 yards and a first down, as Kevin Williams is blocked effortlessly and the sea parts. At the end of the first quarter, the Jets have 100 total yards, including 57 rushing yards on 7 carries, equaling 8.1 yards per carry. New York's offensive line is having it's way up front, pushing the Vikings around with ease.
Also, has anyone seen Jared Allen this year? Anyone?
The Jets hide their blitzer perfectly on a 3rd-and-four, get an easy sack, and force a punt. The Vikings offensive line is looking overmatched.
Just like the Vikings defensive line looks, overmatched. LT and the Jets' line has gashed the Vikings rush defense for a 12-yard rush and a 17-yard rush. Minnesota eventually tightened up in the red zone, squeezes, and won a series, forcing New York to kick a field goal.
Minnesota has looked sluggish and unready in this game. They are in need of a big play.
New York's opening kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Vikings great field position at the 40. A myriad of false starts drove them back and the Vikings eventually went three-and-out.
The drive started with a double reverse to Randy Moss, who then pulled up to pass the ball. With no one open he pump-faked and found an open Brett Favre for a ten-yard gain for possibly the most bizarre completion in NFL history.
But the play was called back due to Favre being an ineligible receiver downfield.
It was a great play call and it almost worked.
The game will now begin at 9:15 PM eastern time, which is usually about 45 minutes before Favre climbs into bed because he is old.
This late start is probably going to have the most impact on the now 41-year-old Favre. Look for him to wear down and literally tire out as the game goes on.
Cris Carter just made a good point about how the late start could also have an adverse effect on Darrelle Revis' hamstring.
Steve Young, Jets; Cris Carter, Vikings; Matt Millen, Jets; Stuart Scott, Jets; Mike Ditka, Jets; Keyshawn Johnson, Jets; Tom Jackson, Jets; Chris Berman, Jets.
Everyone picked the Jets except for the former Minnesota Viking and Randy Moss' former teammate.
The game is being delayed due to weather. Rain is coming down hard and fast.
How will Favre deal with the circus storm surrounding him tonight?
The Jets surprisingly have only the 23rd passing defense in the NFL. They have missed Darrelle Revis for some time, but the secondary gives up yards and points. They are not the impenetrable force they are made out to be.
With Randy Moss, Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Adrian Peterson in the backfield, Favre has the support around him. Now it's up to his body and mind.