Minnesota Vikings' Sidney Rice: Is His TD Grab the Best of the Year So Far?

Ross ColemanAnalyst IDecember 5, 2010

Sidney Rice is back. It is official.

After missing the first 10 weeks of the Vikings' disappointing season, Rice finally made himself a factor in his third game back.

In Minnesota’s Week 13 matchup with a feisty Buffalo Bills team, Rice finished with 105 yards receiving and two touchdowns helping the Vikings to a 38-14 win.

The touchdown above is the best of the bunch and may be the highlight to the Vikings season.

In fact, it has probably been the catch of the year so far in the NFL.

Despite Rice’s big day, the real story of the day was Tarvaris Jackson.

Jackson came off the bench for an injured Brett Favre and was good enough for the Vikings.

The best news for interim head coach Leslie Frazier, however, was that All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson bounced back after an ankle injury last week with another 100 yard game and three touchdowns. Peterson also averaged 6.7 yards per rush.

Since Frazier took over the reins, the Vikings are on a roll. Makes you wonder if they would still be in the playoff picture if Frazier had taken over for Brad Childress earlier in the season.

The big news this week will undoubtedly surround Brett Favre’s status, but the news should be around Sidney Rice.

This catch proved that he is still capable of being an elite NFL receiver when healthy, and now that he is healthy, can he be enough of a difference maker to get the Vikings headed in the right direction before the end of the season?