The Vikings drove the ball to Miami's 26-yard line on the opening drive of the game. They could have settled for about a 43-yard field goal and the first points of the game, but Childress felt he had momentum and called for a pass play. Brett Favre's throw was knocked down at the line of scrimmage by Randy Starks.
"They totally disrespected us," linebacker Karlos Dansby told the Palm Beach Post.
"We kind of took that as a smack in the face," safety Yeremiah Bell added.
Childress, of course, viewed it differently.
"I thought we had good momentum right there, and I was trying to play off that," he said. "It's like going for two points early in the game. Would the three points have been nice? Yeah, three points would have been nice, but there's a lot of other plays to be made going down the line. Just trying to be aggressive and send a message to our team. I thought we were moving the ball pretty well right there."
That decision – or lack of execution, depending on how you look at it – ended up costing the Vikings late in the game. Instead of being down by four points in the fourth quarter, they could have been down by one and elected to kick a field goal, but instead the Dolphins stopped Adrian Peterson on fourth-and-goal short of the goal line for no gain at the 1-yard line.
Brett Favre said opponents want to see anything but Peterson getting the ball four straight times near the goal line and Favre wasn't questioning the play-calling. Right guard Anthony Herrera said he liked the confidence Childress showed in his offensive line.
"We're happy about that, man. He has confidence in his linemen and his running backs, which he should," Herrera said. "He's works us hard. We worked hard in two-a-days for all this. He should and we've got to go out there and get it done for him."
Said left tackle Bryant McKinnie: "I think everybody believed we could get the first down, so we took a chance."
By their comments after the game, the Dolphins defenders clearly used the Vikings' initial fourth-down attempt as inspiration.
"They think they can just march the ball right down the field on us," Dolphins DE Kendall Langford told the Palm Beach Post. "But at the end of the day, we had the smile on our faces when we stopped them."
The Vikings finished 1-for-4 in their fourth-down attempts and never held the lead.
CORNERBACKS STAYED INACTIVE
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was active against the Dolphins after being listed as questionable with a hip injury, but cornerbacks Chris Cook, Cedric Griffin and Jimmy Kennedy were also listed as questionable, all with knee injuries, and those three were all inactive.
Cook and Griffin haven't played a regular-season game yet.
The Vikings had Asher Allen starting for the Lito Sheppard at cornerback.
Also inactive for the Vikings were QB Joe Webb (third QB), RB Albert Young, G Chris DeGeare, TE Mickey Shuler and DE Everson Griffen.
With Young inactive, rookie RB Toby Gerhart saw his first action. Gerhart finished with four rushes for 10 yards and added a 5-yard reception. Gerhart was inactive in Week 1 with a knee injury.
"That's what NFL football is about, two All-Pros going at each other and I didn't have any lack in confidence in Jake at all," said Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano.
Moss has 48 touchdown receptions in his first 50 games with the Patriots. Moss' total ranks as the most receiving touchdowns by a player in his first 50 games with a new team (rookies and veterans) in NFL history.
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