Behind 14 points off of turnovers and another efficient passing day from QB
The Vikings had less-than-ideal starts on the road in Cleveland and Detroit, but they got off to a fast start in St. Louis. RB
The teams exchanged FGs in the 2nd quarter but then in the 2nd half the Rams continued to make mistakes while the Vikings continued to pick up the pace. Minnesota led 31-10 at one point, with TE
With a comfortable lead in the 4th quarter, Favre was pulled from the game. But not before he posted yet another efficient outing, completing 18 of 24 passes for 232 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and a passer rating of 101.4.
The defensive effort was all-inclusive, with 3 different players accounting for 4 takeaways, LB
It was over when…
Favre led the Vikings on a 7-play, 90-yard drive in the team’s first drive of the 3rd quarter, finishing it off by hitting Shiancoe down the middle in the endzone for a 13-yard score to increase the lead to 24-3.
-- Jared Allen had a profound impact on the game for a 2nd consecutive week. Against the Green Bay Packers last Monday night, Allen dominated with 4.5 sacks and a safety. On Sunday, Allen had a pair of fumble recoveries and returned one of them 52-yards for a TD.
-- Brett Favre might not finish the season as the top-ranked fantasy football QB, but he continues to put up efficient numbers on a consistent basis. Against the Rams, Favre was sharp while completing 18 of 24 passes for 232 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Favre’s passer rating through 5 games is 104.1, which includes an incredible 69.1 completion percentage and a TD-INT ratio of 9-2.
-- The Vikings kicking game was solid once again on Sunday. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said he was please with K
-- With Favre’s INT as the only turnover on the day, the Vikings once again won the takeaway/giveaway battle. Often times turnovers are the product of sloppy offense, but you still have to give credit to the defense for being in the correct spots to make plays. The Vikings pounced on 3 of the Rams 4 fumbles and S Tyrell Johnson intercepted a pass in the endzone to end a St. Louis drive. When all was said and done, the Rams turned the ball over 4 times, with 3 of those turnovers happening inside the 5-yardline.
-- The Vikings converted 7 of 11 third downs on the afternoon and were a perfect 4-4 in the red zone. St. Louis was 0-4 in the red zone. The importance of red zone offense was examined on the vikings.com Blog last week. In the past 2 games, the Vikings are 7-7 in red zone scoring and they’re scoring at an 88.2% clip once inside the red zone.
-- Rams RB Steven Jackson was held to 84 rushing yards on 21 carries, increasing the Vikings streak of holding an opposing rusher to fewer than 100 yards to 28 games.
-- It’s appropriate to commend QB
-- S Tyrell Johnson was a positive element for the Vikings on Sunday. He had a pass breakup (PBU) to save a TD during the 2nd half and he also intercepted a pass in the endzone.
A couple of things to work on…
-- It’s hard to justify criticizing the defense after taking the ball away 4 times from the offense, but Rams QBs were sacked just 2 times and they combined to go 27 of 38 for 297 yards and 1 TD. Those numbers aren’t horrible for the Vikings, especially considering Marc Bulger went 7 of 7 for 88 yards and a TD once the game was already in hand, but this area of the game will probably provide some talking points in the defensive meetings rooms this week.
-- RB Adrian Peterson got the job done by rushing for 2 scores, but he was also held to 69 yards on 15 carries. Certainly the Rams stacked the box at times to stop Peterson, but this is also an area that will provide for some offensive meeting room discussion this week.