The Vikings may have had their most complete win of the Brad Childress era on Sunday. The effort and the results show a team that is still ascending.
Vikings coach Brad Childress is rarely going to be completely satisfied with how his team plays, but odds are he would take a repeat performance of Sunday's effort against Seattle when Minnesota plays host to Chicago this weekend.
The Vikings dominated the Seahawks en route to a 35-9 victory, playing soundly in all three phases and not letting up once they took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Asked if that was the most complete game the Vikings have put together since Childress arrived in 2006, he said: "Without going back through each one, it was pretty good. It was a good job I thought in all phases, and nobody let off."
That victory left the Vikings sitting at 9-1 with another home game yet to play before they hit the road for the first time since playing in Lambeau Field on Nov. 1.
There is little question the Vikings' confidence is sky high, and that's due in large part to the continued outstanding performance of quarterback Brett Favre
Favre, who turned 40 on Oct. 10, has put himself into the MVP mix by playing better than anyone could have expected this season. He threw four touchdowns against the Seahawks and set a team and career best by completing 88 percent of his passes before being lifted late in the third quarter.
The Bears could be in big trouble given their recent struggles and the fact Favre already has 22 career victories against them from his time with the Packers.
Favre, though, is doing his best to remain focused and not get ahead of himself.
"I know it's foolish to look past this game for any of us," he said. "Once again, we have a lot of football left to play. I think it only gets tougher from here on out, and it's been pretty tough up to this point. My focus is on the Bears."
Favre has now thrown four touchdown passes in a game an NFL record 22 times. His 112.1 passer rating and 69.7 completion percentage lead the NFL, and he has thrown 21 touchdowns and a remarkable three interceptions in 10 games. The fewest interceptions Favre has thrown in a season was 13 in 1992, ‘95 and ‘96.
QB Tarvaris Jackson saw action in a game for the fifth time this season Sunday, but this wasn't just a cameo appearance. Jackson, whose longest appearance had been two series, played the entire fourth quarter and completed six of eight passes for 77 yards with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice. He compiled a 144.3 passer rating. Jackson has completed 10 of 15 passes this season for 159 yards with a touchdown and a 124.0 rating.
RB Chester Taylor had a season-high 73 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 12 yards against the Seahawks. The 73 yards rushing is Taylor's highest total since he ran for 83 yards in the 2007 regular-season finale at Denver. Taylor's longest run of the day Sunday was a 25-yarder, making it the first time this season that his longest rush went for more yards than Peterson's. Peterson's longest dash was only 16 yards.
TE Visanthe Shiancoe had a career-high eight receptions for 78 yards with a touchdown against the Seahawks. Shiancoe's previous high for catches in a game came last season when he had seven receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta. Shiancoe has seven touchdown catches this season, tying his career high and putting him one behind Joe Senser's team record set in 1981.
WR Bernard Berrian caught only two passes for 11 yards against the Seahawks, but one went for 3-yard touchdown. Berrian is fourth on the Vikings with 32 receptions but is tied for second with four touchdown catches. Berrian has struggled with injuries to both hamstrings this season and is averaging only 10.4 yards per reception after leading the NFL with an average of 20.1 yards per catch.
WR Percy Harvin, a leading candidate for NFL offensive rookie of the year honors, caught his fourth touchdown of the season Sunday and had five receptions for 79 yards. Harvin is second on the Vikings with 36 catches for 501 yards and is averaging 13.9 yards per grab.
WR Sidney Rice made a spectacular, jumping 7-yard touchdown catch of a Brett Favre pass in the third quarter and added another scoring grab from Tarvaris Jackson as he finished with six receptions for 89 yards against Seattle. Rice leads the NFC and is third in the NFL with 875 receiving yards on 50. That leads the Vikings and gives him four more catches than he had in his first two years combined.
CB Antoine Winfield is hoping to return Sunday against Chicago after missing the past four-plus games because of a foot injury. The Pro Bowl cornerback has been replaced by a combination of Benny Sapp, Karl Paymah and Asher Allen, with Allen having been used in the nickel package.