With the football world once again in awe of Adrian Peterson – do you think he'll win Rookie of the Week? – the quarterback position remains a big question mark. For the third time this season, Tarvaris Jackson, who by his own admission, was never seriously injured been, has been sidelined with injuries. His groin injury remains a concern. The broken bone in his index finger is troubling, but a freak injury. But the concussion he suffered Sunday is another story completely.
From the moment Jackson hit the turf in the final minute of the first half following an 11-yard scramble, you knew it was a serious head injury. As his right hand contorted involuntarily, it was clear he had suffered some sort of trauma to his nervous system. Jackson estimated that he was unconscious for as much as two minutes and when he did come to, he was hyperventilating on the field with training staff initially unwilling to move him. While Peterson won the hearts of fans and non-fans alike Sunday, the Vikings continue to have questions at the QB position that seem to be getting more cloudy rather than clearing up through the 2007 season.
Kelly Holcomb's status remains a question after having his head driven into the Metrodome turf a week earlier against the Eagles. While Jackson claimed after the game that he felt "like it never happened," the reality is that it did and his concussion professional health scoreboard now has a tally on the board. Jackson said he has had one previous concussion, but was fine within a couple of days and didn't miss any playing time.
As the week progresses, the Vikings might have to make some tough decisions. Following the game, it appeared as though Brooks Bollinger is the only healthy quarterback the team has. Last week Brad Childress said he would have two healthy quarterbacks in the building to play against the Eagles. He did. Sunday it was a different two QBs. Next Sunday at Green Bay, it may have to be yet another different set of two.
* A 100-yard rushing mark is typically the benchmark of a player having a great game. Adrian Peterson had two 100-yard quarters – gaining 107 yards on eight carries in the third and 146 on nine carries in the fourth.
* With his big day, Peterson is back on pace to break the rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards in 1983.
* The Vikings defense was overshadowed by Peterson's record-setting performance, but their contribution can't be overlooked. The team not only held LaDainian Tomlinson in check all day, it allowed Antonio Gates to catch just one pass – a 10-yarder late in the third quarter. Without starting CB Antoine Winfield, rookie Marcus McCauley stepped into the starting lineup and Charles Gordon was a regular contributor as the Vikings mixed up their looks with several nickel and even the occasional dime defensive package.
* The NFC North made quite an accounting of itself against the AFC West. Not only did the Vikings beat down the Chargers, the Lions blew out the Broncos at home and the Packers rallied late to run away from the Chiefs on the road – improving the Packers to 7-1 and the Lions to 6-2 at the midway point of the season.
* When the Vikings got off to a 1-3 start and saw four playoff teams on the schedule for the next four games (the Bears, Cowboys, Eagles and Chargers), it was understandable to expect that the team might get overwhelmed. They finished that stretch of games with a 2-2 record.
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