There are a lot of words that have been used to describe the Vikings passing game in recent seasons. “Dynamic” hasn’t been one of them. But through the team’s first four games of 2013, a pair of starting receivers have begun to change that around.
Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson have indeed been a dynamic duo for the Vikings passing game. Their strongest outing was also their most recent outing, as they teamed with quarterback Matt Cassel to put some air under the passing game. Jennings scored twice, including in the 1st quarter on a 70-yard pitch and catch, and Simpson led the team in receptions with seven and receiving yards with 124.
Over the balance of the season, Jennings and Simpson have accounted for a majority of the team’s production through the air. Combining their numbers, Jennings and Simpson have accounted for 63.3% of the team’s receiving yards (594), 50% of the team’s touchdown receptions (two), 44% of the team’s receptions (33 and they have hauled in 25 of the team’s 27 1st-down receptions. In addition, both players each have five catches of 20+ yards already on the young season.
With Adrian Peterson off to the second-best start to a season in his career, there are only so many passing yards to be had. Jennings and Simpson are getting the majority of them, but don’t be surprised if a few other names emerge as playmakers in the passing game coming out of the bye. You can be certain the Vikings will find a way to get their Pro Bowl tight end more involved, as Kyle Rudolph has just 12 receptions for 103 yards and one score. Also, it won’t be surprising to see rookie Cordarrelle Patterson continue to become more involved as well as second-year receiver Jarius Wright.
For now, though, the Vikings can continue to rely on their dynamic duo at wide receiver to carry the passing game.