The Minnesota Vikings had an interesting matchup with the high powered offense of the San Diego Chargers, at Qualcomm Field this past Sunday. The Vikings are trying to remove themselves from the debacle that was the Brett Favre led Vikings in 2010, but they might be getting the similar results out of the aging Donovan McNabb.
On the first play of the game the Vikings receiver and return man specialist, Percy Harvin, returned the opening kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. The San Diego special teams started off where they left off last year as an awful group of players, that seemingly cannot do anything right. If it was not for how hideous the Chargers’ special teams were they would have beaten the Vikings by 30, however that was not the case.
Minnesota’s first offensive play this year consisted of McNabb throwing an interception to linebacker Shawn Phillips on the Vikings own 11 yard line. This turnover allowed the Chargers to get right back into the game with a touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Mike Tolbert, who had a huge day, tying the game at 7 apiece.
The Vikings were able to take back the lead with a Ryan Longwell field goal. And then in the second quarter Adrian Peterson broke off a dynamic 46 yard run setting up a touchdown pass to Mike Jenkins and extending the lead 17 to 7.
On the opening drive of the second half, the Chargers moved the ball down the field and eventually punched it in with Mike Tolbert bowling balling through defenders and into end zone for his second touchdown of the day cutting the Viking lead 17-14. Tolbert would go on to have 9 receptions for 58 yards and 2 scores, and another touchdown rushing.
With the Vikings not able to produce anything offensively, besides a couple of big rushes from Adrian Peterson, the Chargers passed them by and went on to win 24 to 14.
Donovan McNabb looked hideous at quarterback completing 7 out of 15 attempts for 39 yards with a TD and INT. For the Vikings to compete, they are going to need their playmakers, Peterson and Harvin, to have huge games on a weekly basis. Do not be surprised to see a change at quarterback if McNabb continues to struggle like he did on Sunday.
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