The Vikings were determined to get a big lead early on the New York Giants and take their will away. It worked just that way Sunday in the Metrodome, as the Giants quickly looked like they didn't want to be there.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell elected to look at the Vikings' victory over the Giants as a case where Minnesota simply took the life out of New York early on.
"We expected the Giants to come in here and play, but you don't want to give them a reason to play, and we didn't," Bevell said. "We put them on their backs right away and made them want to go home. That's kind of the point that you have to do. I think it could have been that way at Carolina. I think it could have been that way at Chicago if we took care of business. You kind of let teams hang around a little bit, then you find yourself in a game and you give the other team confidence."
The offense had its way with the Giants. Brett Favre
threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns and didn't play in the fourth quarter.
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe
said the Vikings have no problem becoming a passing team if that's what defenses are going to allow.
"Basically we take whatever other teams give us and we run with it. We don't have a set plan. We're going to put in our first 15 (plays) like we do every week and feel them out first. What are they going to give us? And then we're going to keep on pounding them either way, the pass or the run."
Defensive end Jared Allen
said besides the playoff positioning on the line, the Vikings also wanted to be undefeated at home. The Vikings and New England Patriots were the only two teams in the league to accomplish that.
"It was a big game because it was our next game. We wanted to go 8-0 at home and we wanted to get to 12-4 and have a chance for the bye. Again, we just kind of wanted to shut the outside people up and show ourselves that it's all about what we do," Allen said.
CB Antoine Winfield seemed to benefit from being used for only about 20 plays as the inside player in the nickel package on Sunday. Winfield had struggled the previous two games in nearly full-time duty as he played at left corner on an injured right foot that cost him six games. But the limited role seemed to help Winfield, and Benny Sapp did a nice job playing in Winfield's usual spot. The week off should really help Winfield.
CB Karl Paymah continues to be inactive despite not having been on the injury report for two weeks. Paymah's absence is more of a surprise because he was a main contributor on special teams earlier in the season and also helped to replace Antoine Winfield when he was out.
DT Jimmy Kennedy missed Sunday's game because of a thumb injury and it's not certain how long he will be out. Kennedy, who started last Monday in place of nose tackle Pat Williams, did not practice at all last week.
RB Adrian Peterson set a Vikings record Sunday for most games in a season with a touchdown with 12, as he rushed for a TD against the Giants. He passed Randy Moss, who scored a touchdown in 11 games in 2003 and 1998.
WR Percy Harvin's 81 combined yards on Sunday put his season total at 2,081 to set a team record. Running back Herschel Walker had held the mark with 2,051 in 1999 and Adrian Peterson had 2,021 in 2007.