Monday, October 11, 2010
Soggy halftime thoughts from Vikes-Jets
By Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Halftime notes from the Meadowlands, where the New York Jets are beating the Minnesota Vikings 9-0:
- The game was delayed by lightning in the area. The rain lessened until late in the second quarter, and then the skies opened like mad.
- ESPN Stats & Information pointed out on the "Monday Night Live" chat (still live through the end of the game) that Mark Sanchez and Michael Vick are the only two NFL quarterbacks with at least 25 attempts and no interceptions this season.
- The Vikings' offense doesn't look any different with Randy Moss running deep. Brett Favre has targeted Moss twice, but they failed to connect until there was 4:30 left in the second quarter. Moss has just that one grab for 7 yards.
- Favre's stat line: 3-of-7 for 31 yards, two sacks for 16 yards and a lost fumble.
- The Jets' defense has lived up to its billing. They have held the Vikings to 51 net yards and no third-down conversions.
- Rex Ryan can't be happy with the penalties. The Jets have been flagged five times for 50 yards already.
- Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson continues to amaze. He is outperforming Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson so far. Tomlinson has 61 yards on 10 carries against the league's ninth-rated run defense. He also has four catches for 16 yards. Peterson has eight carries for 34 yards and no receptions.
- Jets receiver Santonio Holmes hasn't made a huge impact, but he has come close. Sanchez has tried to find him deep a few times, but underthrew him on what could have been a 44-yard touchdown up the left sideline. Vikings cornerback Asher Allen broke up a potential long gain down the right sideline.
- On the "Monday Night Live" chat, we wondered how many future Hall of Famers are on the field in this game. Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, maybe Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold for the Jets ... Favre, Moss, Peterson, Steve Hutchinson, maybe Jared Allen and Kevin Williams for the Vikings ... Did we miss any?