PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus — This grade is based largely on an atrocious first half in which Brett Favre completed three of seven passes for 31 yards and was sacked twice. Newcomer Randy Moss was targeted three times and caught one pass for 7 yards in the half. The Jets kept Favre off balance by applying consistent pressure. The tendinitis in Favre's throwing elbow seemed to be bothering him in a major way. In the second half, however, Favre rebounded to complete 11 of 27 passes for 233 yards with three touchdowns. Moss caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter on which he beat CB Antonio Cromartie, and Percy Harvin caught scoring passes of 34 and 11 yards in the fourth quarter. Favre also threw a late interception that was returned for a touchdown by Jets CB Dwight Lowery. Moss finished with four receptions for 81 yards, and Harvin had five catches for 97 yards. It's clear that if Favre and Moss can get on the same page on a consistent basis — and that seemed to begin happening in the second half — this offense could become dangerous again.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C — Adrian Peterson rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries, but 30 of those came on one play. Peterson failed to get a handoff from Favre early in the third quarter, but the fumble was charged to the quarterback and clearly was his fault. Peterson never had a chance. The Vikings have very little behind Peterson. Rookie Toby Gerhart carried two times for 7 yards. Ryan Cook started at center with John Sullivan out due to a calf injury, but he was replaced by Jon Cooper at halftime. The move to Cooper did not appear to help the running game.
PASS DEFENSE: B — The Jets clearly wanted to go to the air despite the fact the rain picked up at times and made the ground game seem much more feasible. Mark Sanchez completed 21 of 44 passes for 191 yards but had no touchdowns. The Vikings also failed to get an interception despite the number of pass attempts. Sanchez was sacked twice — defensive end Ray Edwards was credited with 1.5 sacks — and had a subpar 59.9 passer rating. The longest pass play the Vikings gave up was a 31-yard completion to Braylon Edwards on their first play from scrimmage.
RUSH DEFENSE: C — The Vikings run defense, which has been a strength since Brad Childress arrived as coach in 2006, continues to be a bit up-and-down. Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries, and Shonn Greene added 57 yards on 10 carries with a 23-yard touchdown as the Jets finished with 155 yards on 32 attempts on the ground. The 155 yards are a season high against the Vikings, topping the 120 yards that Miami accumulated on the ground in Week 2. The Vikings had some issues in the first half with tackling, and they could stand to be a bit more disciplined at times.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C — Chris Kluwe averaged 42.4 yards gross and 40.4 yards net on seven punts as he got the most work of any member of the special teams because of the offense's struggles. Greg Camarillo returned only one punt, but Harvin did average 25 yards on seven kickoff returns with a long of 44 yards. The biggest issue was with the kickoff coverage unit, which allowed Brad Smith an 86-yard return in the third quarter that ended up resulting in a Nick Folk field goal.
COACHING: C — Brad Childress blamed himself for the offense's lackluster performance in the first half, and who are we to question him? Childress made the right call when he went for two points after the Vikings pulled within 15-13 with 12:47 left in the fourth quarter. About the only surprise was that Childress needed to call a timeout to make that decision. Favre's pass into the end zone ended up being intercepted by Cromartie, but it was hard to question the decision. Minnesota is 1-3, however, and while Childress doesn't appear to be in any jeopardy if things don't turn around, the fact is big things were expected from this team, and right now the Vikings are not producing.
Grading the game: Jets
Viking Update Top Stories
Four D-linemen, Kendricks set Vikings recordsDanielle Hunter and three other defensive linemen set records for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, as did linebacker Eric Kendricks. We detail the franchise records they set or tied.
Viking Update7:29 AM
Paton a frontrunner for 49ers G.M. openingThe San Francisco 49ers are looking for their fourth head coach in four years and the hope is that Kyle Shanahan and Vikings Assistant General Manager George Paton can be the…
Viking Update6:58 AM
Vikings announce changes in coaching staffThe Minnesota Vikings officially announced a few changes to their coaching staff.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 11:35 PM
Assessing metrics for Vikings’ receiversThe Minnesota Vikings have some big decisions to make with their receivers not named Stefon Diggs. We look at playing time, metrics and grades from 2016 to help you assess their…
Viking UpdateYesterday at 2:48 PM
Podcast: Who do you want among free agents?Viking Update publisher Tim Yotter and Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan break down the Minnesota Vikings’ free-agent decisions and talk about the conference championship weekend.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 12:18 PM