Sunday, September 19, 2010
Halftime: Dolphins 7, Vikings 0
By Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- Some thoughts from the Metrodome:
- The Minnesota Vikings' offense doesn't look much more in sync then it did 10 days ago in its season opener at the New Orleans Saints. Tailback Adrian Peterson is grinding out yards, having amassed 61 on 12 carries, but none have gone for longer than 15, and the passing game is not producing explosive plays. Quarterback Brett Favre is still favoring only two receivers, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and receiver Percy Harvin. He threw his first three passes at Harvin, and all of Favre's 13 completions have either gone to one of them or Peterson.
- Favre has continued to miss his spots on some passes, and his pass behind Harvin at the goal line ultimately led to a spectacular interception by Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis. Shiancoe bailed him out on low third-down pass and is the best thing going for the offense right now. He has four catches for 64 yards.
- The Vikings have scored nine points in their first six quarters of play this season, and none in their past four. Their 10 first downs Sunday illustrate they are moving the ball but bogging down at the end of their drives.
- The Dolphins immediately capitalized on two Vikings miscues. As we noted earlier, quarterback Chad Henne hit receiver Brandon Marshall on a 46-yard pass on the first play after the Vikings failed to convert a fourth-and-2 at the end of their first drive. And tailback Ronnie Brown ripped off a 51-yard run one play after Davis' interception, shifting the field position back into Miami's favor.
- Harvin limped to the sideline at the end of the second quarter and is questionable to return because of a bruised hip that slowed him during practice this week.