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August 2009


Players react to Favre block

Monday, August 31st, 2009

HOUSTON — We’ll have lots more analysis from the Vikings 17-10 victory against the Texans later, but Brett Favre’s illegal block on safety Eugene Wilson got a lot of attention in both locker rooms after the game. 

“I liked it,” tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. “Hey, it’s man eat man out here. You better keep your eyes on a swivel. He saw Brett out there and said, ‘Ah, Brett ain’t going to do anything.’”

The play came in the third quarter with the Vikings lined up in the Wildcat formation. Percy Harvin lined up in the backfield while Favre split out wide left.

Harvin took the snap and ran to his left. Favre peeled back to block and went low on Wilson, who did not see the hit coming. Wilson immediately grabbed his left knee in obvious pain and left the game. Favre was called for an illegal crackback block.

Afterward, Favre said he didn’t intend to injure Wilson but felt he had little choice but to protect Harvin.

“Percy was running my way,” Favre said. “Believe me, I hope he’s OK. I hope it didn’t look as bad on film as it may have seemed but my intentions, believe me, were not to hurt anyone, including myself. Percy was running my way, I was out there, there’s going to be those people who say you should have done nothing. Get out of the way. But I think had I not blocked anyone and just got out of the way and Percy gets hit and gets hurt, I think that looks worse. But once again I hope he’s OK. Believe me, my intentions were not to be cheap. … I’ll be 40 years old in October and was weeding 13 days ago. I wasn’t thinking about throwing blocks.”

Harvin said he appreciated the help.

“Actually he kind of scared me because I kind of forgot he was out there,” Harvin said. “After I turned the corner I saw him flash across my face. It was good to see him still get down a little. I appreciated the block.”

Said running back Adrian Peterson: “He’s just playing ball. I’m sure he wouldn’t do anything to intentionally hurt the guy. He’s just out there playing ball.”

Not surprisingly, Wilson viewed it differently.

“I don’t have too much to say about it,” Wilson said. “I didn’t speak to him about it, to see if it was on purpose or not.”

Asked what he would say to Favre, Wilson said: “What was up with that? Seriously, what was up with that?”

Wilson then admitted that the conversation wouldn’t have been that cordial. “I’m being a little nicer than I probably would’ve been out there if I spoke to him,” he said.

Wilson said he thinks his knee will be OK and that it doesn’t appear to be too serious right now. Asked if he wanted to return and take a shot at Favre, Wilson responded: “No comment.”

Favre and that block

Monday, August 31st, 2009

HOUSTON — One would think Brett Favre could be looking at a fine from the NFL for that third quarter crackback block he threw on Houston safety Eugene Wilson, who literally didn’t know what hit him. Favre split out wide left as the Vikings used the Wildcat formation for the second time in the game.

Is it more surprising the Vikings ran the play Favre’s way or that he actually threw the block. Favre made a name for himself earlier in his career by throwing blocks when it was needed but let’s be realistic. This is 2009, not 1995, and Favre is almost 40 years old. He also has a torn rotator cuff in his throwing arm and has admitted to ESPN he thinks he might have a cracked rib.

The last thing he needs to be doing his throwing his body around in order to get the Vikings a few more yards from the Wildcat. Favre was sacked twice tonight and I guarantee you team officials were holding their breath when that happened. The Vikings don’t need Favre trying to find contact. It just doesn’t make sense.

By the way Sage Rosenfels is now in the game and the Vikings lead 17-10 with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter. Favre finished 13 of 18 for 142 yards with a touchdown.

 

Peterson has/having big night

Monday, August 31st, 2009

HOUSTON — The Vikings are up 17-10 at halftime against Houston after running back Chester Taylor took Brett Favre’s short pass 28 yards for a touchdown. But the main story tonight has been running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, who is from Texas, rushed for 117 yards on 11 carries in the first half, including a 75-yard touchdown run on the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage. Favre is 9 of 13 for 105 yards with a touchdown and a 119.1 passer rating.

Houston kicker Kris Brown made a 46-yard field goal at the end of the opening half to pull the Texans within seven points. 

Jackson getting ready

Monday, August 31st, 2009

HOUSTON — With 3:38 left in the first half, the Texans have pulled within 10-7 as Steve Slaton scored on a 4-yard run. On the Vikings sideline, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson spent part of the quarter riding an exercise back and he’s now throwing to get ready to come into the game in the second half.

Brett Favre was sharp in the first quarter, completing five of six passes for 51 yards. He had a passer rating of 102.1. Favre is scheduled to play the first half for the Vikings tonight.

Hicks enters for Loadholt

Monday, August 31st, 2009

HOUSTON — The Vikings are playing most of their starters for the first half tonight, but right tackle Phil Loadholt has left after two series in favor or Artis Hicks. It’s not a surprise considering Loadholt missed practice last Saturday because of what was believed to be a sprained ankle and there was some thought he might not even play tonight.

Loadholt is standing on the sideline right now and there is no reason to believe he hurt his ankle any worse, it’s just more likely the coaches want to get him out of the game after getting a bit of work.

The Vikings lead 7-0 with 13 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the second quarter. 

Vikings employ Wildcat

Monday, August 31st, 2009

HOUSTON — The Vikings finally broke out their Wildcat formation for all to see on Monday night at Reliant Stadium.

Leading 7-0 and on their second drive of the game, wide receiver Percy Harvin lined up as the quarterback in the shotgun on second-and-7 from the Texans 39-yard line. Quarterback Brett Favre split out wide to the left and Harvin handed off to Adrian Peterson for a 5-yard gain to the right.

Earlier on the same drive, the Vikings also used an interesting formation with Favre in the shotgun and Harvin and Peterson split out beside him. This forced the defense to make some decisions and Favre was able to hit tight end Visanthe Shiancoe with a 19-yard pass. 

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