Sunday, November 9, 2008
Halftime at the Metrodome
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- Some halftime observations from the Metrodome:
- I have no idea how injured Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen actually is, but he's put on quite a performance. He blew past Packers left tackle Chad Clifton to sack Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a safety. Allen had a hand in another sack and was chasing the quarterback when Rodgers intentionally grounded a pass for another safety. There have been times when you can tell Allen can't raise his right arm, but he is fighting through his limitations admirably.
- Making his Metrodome debut, Rodgers looks as frazzled as he has been at any point this season. He's throwing off his back foot, holding the ball way too long against Minnesota's defensive line and has missed on a few easy throws. He needs to take a deep breath.
- Both of the Packers' scores have come after intercepting Minnesota quarterback Gus Frerotte. Both interceptions, one by Charles Woodson and another by Tramon Williams, have come on similar plays; they have jumped crossing routes and stepped in front of Vikings receivers. Williams' interception, when it appeared the Vikings were just going to run the clock out at the end of the half, helped put Mason Crosby in position for a 47-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
- We're having some wireless/broadband issues here in the press box, so bear with us during the second half.