VU Daily Blog: 9/9/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 8:27:00 AM

Numbers from last night

In the NFC Championship Game, the Vikings dominated the statistics – except for turnovers – and had 475 yards of total offense. Although they limited their turnovers to one Brett Favre interception, they weren't as productive on offense.

The team had 253 yards of offense and was outgained by the Saints, who had 308 yards. The Saints' biggest advantage was in the passing game, where they held a 229-162 net advantage. They also had only 20 yards in penalties while the Vikings had 60 penalty yards.

Adrian Peterson was the game's leading rusher with 87 yards on 19 carries and Visanthe Shiancoe led the team with four receptions for 76 yards.

Chad Greenway led the defense with 12 combined tackles.

In the end, the only numbers that really mattered were the points: Saints 14, Vikings 9.


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The #Saints changed their second-half game plan and became balanced. It worked to get them a 14-9 win over the #Vikings

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Back-to-back breaks for the #Vikings Meachem drops a TD pass and Hartley hooks a 32-yarder wide left. #Saints 14, Vikings 9.

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The Saints start running the ball effectively and retake the lead, 14-9, over the #Vikings

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With a one-game head start on league. #Vikings RT @NFLfootballinfo: Visanthe Shiancoe now has 19 TD catches since 2008, tops among NFL TEs.

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The #Vikings hold that 9-7 lead heading into the half. Vikings now have 188-149 yards adv., complete turn-around from 1st quarter.

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Visanthe Shiancoe with back-to-back catches, the second for a 20-yard TD and 9-7 #Vikings lead with 34 sec. left in the half (PAT blocked).

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Garrett Hartley gives the #Vikings a break by hooking a 46-yard FG wide left. Still 7-3 #Saints lead.

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Brett Favre throws an interception to the middle of the field while taking a hit. Saints have the ball in scoring position. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:33:00 PM
The #Vikings put their first points on the board with a 41-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell. #Saints 7, #Vikings 3. 5:28 left in the half.

Posted on Twitter at: 8:18:00 PM
#Saints hold a 138-45 advantage in yards with only 8 rushing yards. #Vikings have 23 rushing, 22 passing.

Posted on Twitter at: 8:16:00 PM
At the end of one quarter, the #Saints hold a 7-0 lead and are clearly in a passing rhythm. #Vikings trying to establish run.

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The #Saints go marching on down the field and take a 7-0 lead with a 29-yard pass to Devery Henderson. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 09, 2010 at 6:26:00 PM

Saints mostly at full strength

While the Vikings are sitting RB Toby Gerhart and CB Cedric Griffin, the Saints don't have any regular contributors sitting out. They had three starters pop up on the injury report – LB Jonathan Vilma, CB Tracy Porter and WR Marques Colston – this week, but all of them were listed as "probable" on Wednesday and are active tonight.

TE Jimmy Graham, who was also listed as probable, is inactive, but he wasn't expected to be a big part of the game plan anyway.

Inactive for the Saints: RB Chris Ivory, S Chris Reis, LB Stanley Arnoux, LB Danny Clark, T Zach Strief, TE Jimmy Graham, RB Adrian Arrington, DE Junior Galette.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 09, 2010 at 6:14:00 PM

Offensive, defensive backfield surprises

The Vikings will be shorthanded at running back against the Saints in tonight's regular-season opener. Rookie RB Toby Gerhart (knee) is inactive after being listed as questionable.

The other questionable Viking from Wednesday's injury report, CB Cedric Griffin, is also inactive, meaning the Vikings will go into the game with three cornerbacks.

Another change in the defensive backfield was also expected – Husain Abdullah is getting the start at safety in place of Tyrell Johnson. There is no known injury to Johnson.

However, the surprise of the defensive backfield is CB Asher Allen getting the start in front of Lito Sheppard, but that might not mean as much since the Saints are expected to use plenty of three- and four-wide receiver sets, meaning Allen and Sheppard will both see plenty of action tonight.

The other surprise inactive was rookie offensive lineman Chris DeGeare, who started at right guard in the third preseason game when Anthony Herrera was shifted to center in place of an injured John Sullivan. Sullivan, however, will start tonight at center and Herrera will return to his familiar right guard spot. It will be Sullivan's first game action of the season (he didn't play in the preseason).

The full list of inactives for the Vikings: QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), CB Cedric Griffin, CB Chris Cook, RB Toby Gerhart, G Chris DeGeare, DT Jimmy Kennedy, TE Mickey Shuler and DE Everson Griffen.


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