Notebook: The kick they couldn't watch

The moments leading up to Steven Hauschka's missed 44-yard field goal Sunday were filled with tension, which actually provided levity among the Vikings after the game and while reviewing the TV copy. Plus, Packers fans have already started weighing in on how to "welcome back" Brett Favre for his return to Lambeau Field on Nov. 1. And we update where the Vikings rank in several categories.

After 58 minutes and 58 seconds, many of the Vikings' players couldn't bear to watch former Viking Steven Hauschka try to hand his former teammates their first loss of the season on Sunday.

As Hauschka lined up as a member of the Baltimore Ravens for his 44-yard field goal attempt with two seconds remaining, Brad Childress said he was telling Adrian Peterson they were going to win.

"I just told him we were going to win this football game right here," Childress said. "And that crowd (Baltimore) over there had a heart of a champion to fight back and get it where they got it to. We got that same heart. We just need to learn how to finish."

"I thought I hit it pretty good on my foot," Hauschka said. "I looked up and it was going left, so I was disappointed. … We had the range as soon as we made that first down. I figured I would be kicking a field goal. Fifty-five yards was definitely in the range today."

The Vikings were the benefactor of Hauschka's missed 44-yard attempt as the Metrodome crowd erupted.

Childress elected to watch the kick. Some players did not, including quarterback Brett Favre.

"I didn't. When I looked up, I saw the kicker go (motions hands in the air) and I thought that was a good sign. That was pretty awesome," Favre said.

Television replays showed Favre looking for confirmation within seconds of the kick. He grabbed Tarvaris Jackson and asked, "Did he miss it?" Jackson smiled and confirmed the miss.

Receiver Sidney Rice, Favre's favorite target on Sunday, also waited until after the kick was on its way to look.

"I waited until he kicked it and then I looked up and heard the crowd yell and everything. I figured that he had missed it," he said.

Jared Allen had a different perspective, as he is a member of the field goal block team.

"As I was getting torque to the ground, I couldn't see if it was going through," he said on FoxSports.com's "AfterParty" on Monday. Allen said tight end Jim Kleinsasser pulled Allen's hair as some sort of celebration.

After 58 minutes and 58 seconds, the Vikings' fate rested on a former teammate's foot, and some just couldn't bear to watch.

WELCOME BACK, BRETT

Players claim they don't look ahead on the NFL schedule, but that obviously doesn't apply to mayors of NFL cities.

Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt is seeking ideas for how the city should "welcome back" Brett Favre in his first game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings after playing for the Packers for 16 seasons.

"Mayor Schmitt has fielded a wide variety of ideas from Packer fans on how to commemorate the occasion, from re-naming streets, to welcoming back other former Packers greats, to creating the world's largest #4 waffle," reads the lead item on the city's site. "The Mayor is reaching out to the community to create a list of the Mayor's Top 4 things he can do to tastefully welcome back Brett Favre."

The web site cheeseheadtv.com suggested a few ideas back in August, two days after Favre signed with the Vikings. Here are their suggestions:

  • Import the Norwich (Ct) Free Academy marching band for a half-time show. Norwich, Ct is the birthplace of Benedict Arnold.

  • Encourage all fans to wear flip-flops despite the potential cold.

  • Delay the start of the game while the Packers install Ray Rhodes in the Packers Ring of Honor.

  • Retire Don Majkowski's #7.

  • Invite Italian actor Luca Lionello to sing the National Anthem. Luca played Judas in Passion of the Christ.

  • Set fire to the luxury box once used by the Favre family during games.

  • Show a video replay of every interception Favre has ever thrown.

    "He wants game on…he's got game on," the site concluded after its suggestions.

    RANKINGS

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Adrian Peterson's 143 yards rushing was the highest total against the Ravens in a game that Ray Lewis played since 1998, when the Bears' James Allen rushed for 163 against Lewis and the Ravens.
  • The Vikings are 6-0, but they have only the 13th-ranked offense and 18th-ranked defense, based on yards.

  • On points per game, the Vikings rank second on offense and fourth on defense. They continue to lead the league in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 15 of their 23 possessions in the red zone. Their red zone defense is also contributing to their success. They are second in the league in that category, allowing only five touchdowns when their opponents have been inside the 20-yard line 15 times. The Redskins actually lead the league, giving up five touchdowns in 16 opponent trips inside the red zone.

  • The Vikings dropped one notch in the rankings that look at their average starting position after kickoffs. They are now third in the league, starting at the 30.5-yard line on average.

  • Brett Favre is the third-rated passer in the league with a 109.5 rating this season, trailing only Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

  • Adrian Peterson regained the rushing lead with 624 yards this season. Tennessee's Chris Johnson is second with 596. Peterson is 7-for-8 on third-and-one rushes, the best percentage of any running back with more than five such attempts. Peterson is also tied for second in the league for scoring among non-kickers with 42 points. Peterson is third in scrimmage yards with 709. He is tied for first in the league with 35 first downs.

  • Chester Taylor is tied for second in the league with 12 third-down receptions.

  • Ryan Longwell is tied for second in scoring among kickers with 55 points.

  • With the Vikings were even in Sunday's game with no turnovers and none forced, they remained at plus-8 on the season. They are now joined in a second-place with New England and Green Bay in that category. New Orleans jumped ahead of the Vikings at plus-9.


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