Game #15 AT Minnesota Vikings Game Review

This one wasn’t pretty but resulted in a 24-17 win and a clinched playoff spot thanks to some key turnovers by the Vikings and some smart plays by our defense. At 10-5, the sights are now set on the division title should the Panthers lose.

Here’s what I saw:


Running game: Turner (19/70, 1 TD), Norwood (6/10), Snelling (3/12), Douglas (1/4) and Ryan (3/2) . Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner,9; Douglas, 1; Norwood, 1; Snelling, 2 and Ryan, 1.

Breakdown of passes:

Ryan: 13/24, 134 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 6 Bad passes, 2 Drops, 1 pass defended and 3 thrown away.

Drops (2): White and Norwood

YTD Drops (36):

White – 16
Douglas – 3
Jenkins – 5
Finneran – 4
Turner – 2
Peele – 2
Norwood – 2
Jennings – 1
Snelling – 1

Receiving: Jenkins had 4 catches for 61 yards to lead the team in both categories.

Run blocking: Was very good early but faded fast.

Pass blocking: Way too much pressure on Ryan allowed. 2 sacks, 4 pressures and plenty of hits.

Sack responsibility (2): First was on Clabo getting run over by Edwards. Last sack was on Ryan scrambling off right end by Edwards.

YTD Sacks (15):

Justin Blalock – 2.0
Todd Weiner – 1.5
Tyson Clabo – 2.0
Busted Play – 1.0
Matt Ryan – 6.0
Wayne Gandy – 1.0
Quinn Ojinnaka – 1.0
Jerious Norwood – 1.0
Jason Snelling – 0.5

Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.


Run defense: Limited Peterson to only 76, unfortunately, never spied Jackson and allowed 76 to him as well. Very mixed review.

Pass Defense: If Shiancoe would have been covered then the pass defense wouldn’t grade out negatively but 136 yards and 2 TD’s to the tight end shows what a sore spot this is.

Sacks (3): Moorehead got the first resulting in a turnover as well. Davis and Abraham also picked up sacks.

Special Teams:

Norwood had 3 kickoff returns (1 touchback):1-from the 1, 25 yards. 2-from the 3, 35 yards. 3-from the 2, 20 yards.

Douglas had 2 punt returns: 1. from the 45, 4 yard return 2. from the 17, 13 yards nullified by 12 men on field penalty.

Koenen had 6 punts: 1-34 yards to the 22, muffed and recovered by ATL. 2-48 yards to the 10, 7 yard return. 3-50 yards to the endzone, touchback. 4-36 yards to the 44, no return. 5-37 yards to the 18, no return. 6-48 yards to the 33, no return. Not his best but decent.

Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1-to the goal line, 10 yard return. 2-to the 3, 19 yard return. 3-squib to the 29, 11 yard return. 4-to the endzone, touchback. 5-to the endzone, touchback. Very good day on kickoffs.

Field Goals: 1/1 Good from 22.

Special Teams coverage: Excellent coverage.

Things that really need improvement:

1. Cover the middle of the field better in pass coverage (especially Tight Ends and Running Backs). This is going to kill us one day.
2. Eliminate 3rd and long conversions/big plays by opposition.
3. Spy running QBs.

Offensive MVP: Michael Jenkins (4 catches, 61 yards-made some really big catches)

Defensive MVP: John Abraham (1 sack, 4 tackles, 4 pressures, 1 fumble forced)

Special Teams MVP: Eric Weems (1 forced fumble)

Goat of the Week: Brian Van Gorder (for not putting a spy on Jackson and not calling more attention to Shiancoe in coverage)

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Next up: VS St. Louis Rams, December 28th!