VU Daily Blog: 10/11/10

The Vikings featured a couple of new starters, but their offense was still sluggish to start their Monday night game and couldn't rebound enough. Meanwhile the Brett Favre news continued to percolate. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:09:00 AM
Photo Gallery: Vikings-Jets: Game photos from the Vikings 29-29 loss against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands ...

Posted on Twitter at: 11:39:00 PM
Peterson finished with 88 yards rushing. Harvin had 97 rec., Moss had 81. Favre finished wtih 264 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 2 fumbles. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 11:34:00 PM
That's a final. #Jets 29, #Vikings 20. The stats evened out at the end, but turnovers once again were the difference, and the Jets win that.

Posted on Twitter at: 11:27:00 PM
That's ballgame after Dwight Lowery jumps a route to Shiancoe and intercepts for a 26-yard TD and a 29-20 lead over the #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 11:12:00 PM
Favre hits Harvin for an 11-yard TD. Great catch by Harvin, but Favre's elbow is hurting again. #Jets 22, #Vikings 20. 3:09 left.

Posted on Twitter at: 11:08:00 PM
The #Jets now have 154 yards rushing.

Posted on Twitter at: 11:06:00 PM
Shonn Greene scores on a 23-yard TD run. #Jets 22, #Vikings 13 with 4:30 to play. Now it's a two-possession game after failed 2-pointer.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:51:00 PM
Cedric Griffin appears to have a knee injury. He's being helped off. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:49:00 PM
How many tackles do you think Madieu Williams has missed tonight? Answer: Too many. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:45:00 PM
The #Vikings decide to go for two and get intercepted. He had Tahi wide open at the pylon and didn't see him. Jets 15-13.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:42:00 PM
Favre to Harvin for a 33-yard touchdown. on a crossing route. Extra point upcoming, if they decide not to go for 2. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:36:00 PM
End of the third quarter. The last two #Vikings plays have covered 67 yards, 37 to Moss and 30 for Peterson.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:33:00 PM
Nick Folk kicks a 31-yard field goal to put the #Jets up 15-7 over the #Vikings with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:30:00 PM
Momentum gone. Brad Smith returns the kickoff 86 yards to the 19-yard line. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:29:00 PM
That makes it a 12-7 #Jets lead over the Vikings. Favre picked up his 70,000th yard and his 500th TD in that drive.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:27:00 PM
Randy Moss catches Favre's 500th touchdown pass, a 37-yarder on third-and-17. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:06:00 PM
That's six of the #Jets 12 points coming off of Favre fumbles. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:05:00 PM
Another Folk field goal, this one of 34 yards, gives the #Jets a 12-0 lead. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:00:00 PM
Another turnover as the ball slips out of Favre's hand while going to make a handoff. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:51:00 PM

Offense offensive, Vikings trail 9-0 at the half

The Vikings offense doesn't look any better than before Randy Moss was acquired. In fact, with Moss they may be shying away from Adrian Peterson a bit.

The New York Jets hold a 206 to 51 advantage in total yards, holding a 131 to 15 advantage in passing yards and 75 to 36 advantage in rushing yards. That has translated into the Jets holding the ball for 18:30 of the first half.

The biggest advantage might be the Jets' 12-3 lead on first downs, allowing them to run 45 plays to Minnesota's 21. The Vikings are 0-for-5 in third-down conversions and the Jets are 4-for-10.

The Vikings are averaging just 2.4 yards per play while the Jets are at 4.6

Brett Favre is only 3-for-7 for 31 yards. Only one pass has been completed to Moss on three targets.

Meanwhile, the Jets are throwing more than expected. Mark Sanchez has completed 13 of 29 passes for 139 yards.

Peterson has rushed eight times for 34 yards while LaDainian Tomlinson already has 61 yards on 10 carries.


Posted on Twitter at: 9:38:00 PM
The #Vikings are down 9-0 after a 22-yard Nick Folk field goal. You can't blame the Vikings red zone defense for this deficit. No offense.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:27:00 PM
From ESPN: Brett Favre's fumbled snap is his 161st fumble, tying him with Warren Moon for the record. #Vikings QBs representing.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:21:00 PM
Is this where the #Vikings milk the clock ... by getting converting their first third-down conversion of the game?

Posted on Twitter at: 9:21:00 PM
Nick Folk makes a 53-yard field goal to give the #Jets a 6-0 lead with 5:29 to play in the first half. I#Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 9:05:00 PM
The #Vikings are 0-for-4 on first down. The Jets now six as they start their fourth drive.

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Posted on Twitter at: 8:51:00 PM
After one quarter, the #Jets hold a 3-0 lead and a 100 to 40 advantage on total yards.

Posted on Twitter at: 8:45:00 PM
#Vikings offense so far: Three drives, one first down, but they are trying to get Moss involved.

Posted on Twitter at: 8:36:00 PM
Nick Folk gives the #Jets a 3-0 lead with a 25-yard field goal. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:31:00 PM
The #Vikings second drive ends with a sack. It looked like Favre pointed to the left, where the blitz came from, and Tahi went right.

Posted on Twitter at: 6:35:00 PM
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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 6:16:00 PM

Moss, Ryan Cook starting

The Vikings announced their inactives for tonight's game against the Jets, with no major surprises.

Randy Moss is moving into the starting role for Bernard Berrian. Berrian seemed to expect as much when he talked with reporters this week. Vikings coach Brad Childress wouldn't put a percentage on the number of plays Moss would be involved in, but he said Moss has picked up the game plan well and that he would be rotating in and out. He will likely be in the game much more than out.

Ryan Cook will also be starting for John Sullivan (calf), who is inactive. It will be Cook's first start at center, although he played all but one offensive snap against Detroit two weeks ago, the game in which Sullivan was injured on the team's first offensive play. Cook received good reviews for that performance.

Rookie cornerback Chris Cook (knee) is inactive, as announced on Saturday when the injury report was finalized, meaning Lito Sheppard and Asher Allen will see an increased role over their Week 3 action, when Cook was used in nickel situations in his first game back after his first meniscus surgery. However, cornerback was encouraged by the progress he had made already by Saturday.

Also inactive for the Vikings: QB Joe Webb (third QB), WR Hank Baskett, S Tyrell Johnson, RB Albert Young, DT Fred Evans and DE Everson Griffin.


Posted on Twitter at: 6:04:00 PM
That also means the Visanthe Shiancoe will start. He looked movving around and continued to work after practice, per usual. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 6:03:00 PM
No major surprises. Sullivan wasn't moving well at the end of the week, so Ryan Cook gets the start. Moss is starting for Berrian. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 6:02:00 PM
Inactive for the #Vikings QB Webb (3rd QB), WR Baskett, S Johnson, CB Cook, RB Young, C Sullivan, DT Evans and DE Griffen.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 3:14:00 PM

Report: Favre apologizes to team, says he will cooperate

ESPN has had additional access to Vikings quarterback Brett Favre as part of its telecast of Monday Night Football, when the Vikings will play the Jets.

Favre told ESPN that he would have "no problem with talking to the commissioner" about allegations that he sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos of himself to sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when both were employed by the Jets in 2008. Two other women who were massage therapists for the Jets in 2008 have come forward with similar allegations, according to, the web site that first reported on the messages it says came from Sterger's cell phone and were allegedly from Favre.

The NFL is looking into the allegations, but Favre told ESPN neither he nor his agent have been contacted the league about the matter yet.

According to ESPN, Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, released a statement Monday to answer questions on whether his client has retained legal counsel.

"We're looking at all our options right now and our only concern is what's in Jenn's best interest," Reese said.

ESPN also reports that Favre apologized to the team during a meeting Monday morning for being a distraction and is prepared to play "lights out" Monday night.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 1:14:00 PM

Packers stars an injured bunch

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will at least miss practice time and could end up missing Green Bays' game against Miami on Sunday because of a concussion suffered against the Washington Redskins.

That was just the start of the injury news a day after the Packers' defeat, according to

* Star TE Jermichael Finley will have surgery Tuesday, but he isn't expected to miss the rest of the season.

* LB Nick Barnett will have surgery on his wrist once again. He may or may not miss the rest of the season, and that determination is likely to be made after the extent of the injury is discovered during surgery.

* LB Clay Matthews, who lead the NFL in sacks, strained a hamstring that could limit him in the coming weeks and potentially cause him to miss a game or two.

* Reserve tight end Donald Lee will miss a couple weeks with a chest sprain and defensive back Derrick Martin will a few weeks with a "pretty significant" knee sprain.

* Additionally, right tackle Mark Tauscher is getting a second opinion on his shoulder sprain.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 1:00:00 PM

A Moss, 17-game rarity

Randy Moss may play when he wants to play, but he'll be expected to play 17 games this season. If that comes true, he will be only the sixth player since the bye was instituted in 1990 to play in 17 regular-season games.

The most famous of those is Jerry Rice, who played in 17 games in 2004, his final year in the league. Rice played six of those games for the Oakland Raiders, catching only five passes for 67 yards before going to the Seattle Seahawks and catching 25 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns in the final 11 games of his career.

The other players who have played in 17 games since 1990? Chris Singleton (Patriots-Dolphins, 1993); Dexter Carter (Jets-49ers, 1995), Micah Ross (Chargers-Panthers, 2004) and Will Witherspoon (Rams-Eagles, 2009).


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