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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 9:01:00 AM

Vikings come out with a win on injuries

By most accounts, Saturday's preseason opener had to be considered a success for the Vikings, who won 28-7.

They got their starters one series of work. While the first-team offense actually featured less than half of the real starters, many who were held out because of injuries, they picked up one first down and didn't suffer any injuries.

That last part is probably the most important aspect of the preseason opener, especially playing on the artificial turf in the Edward Jones Dome. It looked like that might not be the case when Greg Lewis tried to adjust to a tipped pass and appeared to put his knee in an awkward position.

However, after the game, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the plan was for Lewis to get only one series of work and then be done. He downplayed the injury angle for the receiver who is normally a backup.

Lewis and Jaymar Johnson made the start alongside Bernard Berrian because of Sidney Rice's hip injury and Percy Harvin's migraines keeping them from making the trip to St. Louis. The Vikings added another receiver, Freddie Brown, last week to help save the legs of their current cast, but Brown didn't play Saturday. An injury to Lewis would have further depleted the receiver corps.

The Vikings have Sunday off and then return to work Monday for a full week of practices.


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That's ballgame for the preseason opener. #Vikings 28, #Rams 7.

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Joe Webb leads a touchdown drive on his first series, culminating with a 2-yard pass to TE Mickey Shuler. #Vikings 28, #Rams 7

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The #Vikings take a 21-7 lead on a 71-yard pass from Rosenfels to Marko Mitchell. Blown coverage.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 8:43:00 PM

Starters one and done; Vikings lead 14-7 at half

True to Brad Childress' word, the Vikings played their starters only one series and done on both sides of the ball.

Tarvaris Jackson went 2-for-4 for 11 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and one first down before being pulled in favor of Sage Rosenfels, who is expected to go into the middle of the second half.

In the first quarter, the Vikings allowed a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown on a missed tackle and lost contain. But special teams quickly evened the score when Chris Cook forced a fumble on a punt return that the Vikings recovered. Five plays later, Rosenfels hit Logan Payne for a 2-yard touchdown to even the score, 7-7.

On the next series, facing third-and-10, Rosenfels found TE Garrett Mills with a step on his defender and hit him in stride for a 65-yard touchdown and a 14-7 Vikings lead.

That is how it would remain at the half, with Rosenfels looking sharp, hitting 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards and two TDs.


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Rosenfels finds Garrett Mills for a 65-yard touchdown on a go route for a 14-7 #Vikings lead over St. Louis.

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Logan Payne evens the score 7-7 with a 2-yard TD catch from Sage Rosenfels with 12:13 to play in the first half. #Vikings

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The #Vikings go down 7-0 by allowing a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown when A. Allen gets pushed out and Abdullah misses a tackle.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 6:57:00 PM

Shorthanded in St. Louis

According to multiple reports out of St. Louis, the Vikings traveled shorthanded to their preseason opener, most of the absences because of injuries.

Sidney Rice (hip) and Cedric Griffin (knee), who are both on the PUP list were expected to miss. Also not going for the opener were C John Sullivan (calf), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (strain) and LB J Leman (leg).

Percy Harvin also missed making the trip because of migraines and Brett Favre still hasn't reported to the team.


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