A national TV audience got to see the coming out of Vikings quarterback Joe Webb on Tuesday night when he led Minnesota to an improbable victory on the road over Philadelphia.
First, I want to put into perspective the Vikings' victory and Webb's performance.
This game was won on the performance of the Vikings defense and the running of Adrian Peterson.
Webb's play was noteworthy based only on the fact that is was his first start in the NFL.
He managed the game well, and Leslie Frazier and Darrell Bevel had a simple game plan that would not allow Webb to lose the game.
Webb was 17 of 26 for 195 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions—a very decent 87.8 quarterback rating.
Vikings fans need to temper their enthusiasm over the young Mr. Webb. The most popular player on a losing team is typically the backup quarterback.
NBC commentators Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were, not surprisingly, making comparisons between Webb and Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick. However there is a better comparison to be made than Vick.
That would be former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
Here are seven comparisons between Webb and Culpepper that might justify some of the excitement over the potential future success of the Minnesota Vikings.