Vikings have plenty to improve

They may be 3-0, but Vikings coach Brad Childress sees plenty of room for improvement. That will start Tuesday as the Vikings begin preparations for Green Bay on Monday Night Football.

While the Vikings are 3-0 for the first time since Brad Childress took over in 2006, that doesn't mean the head coach doesn't see plenty of room for improvement.

A day after Brett Favre's last-second heave into the end zone found Greg Lewis and gave the Vikings a 27-24 victory over San Francisco, Childress gave a rather honest assessment of where he feels things stand with his team.

"All of us are aware at 3-0 they don't crown any champions at the end of September," Childress said. "Everything is a work in progress and our guys have great resolve. Did we plan to be here (at 3-0)? Yeah, we did. But there are no guarantees. There's a ton of things that we need to clean up offensively, defensively and special-teams wise. Our guys are amenable to that. It's a long season but they want to get it right. As long as they have that mentality, we're going to remain a good football team."

The Vikings' next test will be a tough one as they play host to the Green Bay Packers next Monday night.

The Vikings' NFC North rivals are 2-1 after beating St. Louis on Sunday. While the Vikings-Packers rivalry is already one of the league's best, this game will be that much bigger with Vikings quarterback Brett Favre facing his former team for the first time.

Childress will need to keep his team focused and also clean up some of the mistakes that were made against the 49ers. The Vikings had a blocked field goal returned 59 yards for a touchdown to end the first half and took nine penalties for 52 yards among other things.

"There's just numbers of things that you can clean up that you thought you had clean," Childress said. "You know it's about going back and repping them and doing them over and doing them the way we expect (them) to be seen. Whether it's a route run or a defense played or how we're approaching a kick coverage. But the positives outweigh the negatives, by far. Again, it's a good thing to be 3-0, but it's also important that we have perspective and that's my job as a coach to keep perspective."

NOTES

  • LB Chad Greenway was among the Vikings who had great faith that Brett Favre would lead the team to a last-drive victory Sunday.

    "You assume, with the ball in (Favre's) hands at the end of the game, that we had a pretty good chance to do something," Greenway said.

  • RB Adrian Peterson on the fact the 49ers held him to 85 yards rushing: "We knew that those guys were going to come out and focus on the run. We were able to balance it out and put points on the board. Honestly, I really feel that we made the game tougher on ourselves. But that doesn't matter. What matters is we made the big plays at the end and we are 3-0."

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe on the Vikings' 3-0 start: "Three-and-0 is 3-0 but the thing is we could go 3-13. We still have to keep on working. This was a hard-fought victory. We're glad to beat a hard team like (the 49ers) because they came in here to play. They are not the same team from last year and they showed that today."

  • DT Kevin Williams on the fact the run defense gave up only 58 yards rushing after being ranked 15th in the NFL entering the game: "That was a statement. Everybody was saying that we had lost a step in the run game and that we were 15th in the run. Today we just tried to cut that in half. We'll work on that more next week. I think we did a good job against the run today and forced them to pass."

  • WR Bernard Berrian had nine passes thrown to him but finished with four catches for 56 yards. Berrian dropped two passes. Coach Brad Childress said a hamstring injury that bothered Berrian has healed.

  • S Tyrell Johnson spent much of Sunday's game coming down in the box to go against 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. Johnson finished with two tackles.

  • DT Jimmy Kennedy was inactive for a second consecutive game as Fred Evans got playing time in front of him. Kennedy had four tackles and a sack in the season opener but is clearly behind Evans on the depth chart.

  • DE Jayme Mitchell was inactive for the first time this season after recording one tackle in the first two games in a backup role.

  • WR Darius Reynaud appeared to suffer a hamstring injury while returning a punt Sunday. It's not yet clear how long he might be out.


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