Sunday, December 05, 2010

Clouds of Heaven

Some bullet-point reactions.
  • When you're watching a December football game between two teams that aren't making the playoffs, you want it to be entertaining: lots of points, lots of big plays, lots of turnovers, lots of stuff happening. If you're a Viking fan, that game was entertaining.
  • Sidney Rice showed he's still got it: he was making spectacular downfield catches in tight coverage, and making them look nearly effortless. He reminds me of the old Randy Moss in some ways: when covered downfield, he can still make a play without it looking like an extraordinary effort. He's smooth timing and leaping for the ball. He's really a key player to keep on the team going forward: he can make a QB look good.
  • Tarvaris Jackson made me feel like old times. He is what he is: capable of some really exciting, spectacular plays, but also capable of frequent inaccuracy and terrible decision making. The inaccurate passes and bad decisions are, I think most of us are convinced, too frequent with Jackson for him to be a successful regular starting QB.
  • Adrian freaking Peterson!
  • Defensively, this was like old times: ferocious pass rush forcing turnovers, stifling run defense, big plays from the likes of Antoine Winfield and Jared Allen. The Bills aren't good, but it's still fun to watch a defense be disruptive at every level of the game.
  • Our 0-4 Super Bowl soul-cousins do have a couple of AFL championships from back in 1964 and 1965. Bills fans, you have that over us.

(note for non-weekend readers who missed it to check out "Brett Favre as King Lear" below, if you'd be interested in that sort of thing).


  1. Anonymous4:10 PM

    AP is a stud!
    T Jackson is inconsistent still, which looks troubling for the future. BUT is he worse than Favre has been?
    Still not a Bevell fan. Not sure of the game plan set up. Just seems so random.

    A win against a poor team.

    .500 maybe is the best we can hope for.

    Is it Leslie Frazier or is is it Les? Wilcotts sure likes the Les.

  2. Anonymous10:40 AM

    I already like Leslie Frazier for getting Joe Webb on the field. I was so amped when I saw him back there to return the opening kick. Guess he pulled a hammy othwise I he might have played more. Wating for them to run a reverse and than see Joe chuck it.

    Great win and a fun game.


  3. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Webb was pulled, I am sure, due to the fact he became the back-up QB with Favre hurt. Could not afford to let him get hurt playing WR or returning kicks.

  4. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Wait, they may have one championship over us (I'll take your word for it, don't want to look it up), but we won the 1969 NFL Championship over the Browns before the merger.

    Let's ignore what happened in the non-championship/exhibition Super Bowl.