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Running Blog Of The 2010 NFL Kickoff Game: Vikings vs. Saints

First, a note: No, this blog is not dead. It’s just frequently idle these days. That’s all. Big difference. And with that …

Let’s start the 2010 NFL regular season!

Will the Saints bring Brett Favre back down to his knees this evening? Get your mind out of the gutter, people.

5:20 p.m. Now that I have expressed my excitement for tonight, let me backtrack just a bit. I think I’m more excited for the first Sunday of the regular season than the first game. Sundays in the fall are football. It’s an event. I adore going out every Sunday morning in September through December and spending seven hours at my favorite watering hole. To me, that’s fun.

The first game of the season? I’ll take it. But it’s a little different being played on a Thursday and not a Sunday.

5:23 p.m. As far as a prediction, I think the Saints will ride the emotion of the banner raising and really get after Favre. The spread is New Orleans, minus-5. I think they will cover that. Saints 23, Vikings 16.

5:24 p.m. Yesterday, Adrian Peterson said he’s the best running back in football, saying Chris Johnson is not “faster stronger, anything.” Johnson responded today. You wonder if the comments have made it to Peterson’s ears.

5:26 p.m. In a strictly personal note, I have a rooting interest in this game. Robert Meachem and Ryan Longwell are on my fantasy team this year. I am facing Reggie Bush this week. So I hope Bush’s annual leg injury occurs earlier than usual this year.

5:29 p.m. I really think Favre is going to struggle in this game. The Saints’ D is overrated, but they are going to get after him hard and test that ankle, the ankle they injured. I think you will see a ton of Peterson in this game. Think of it like the same offensive game plan the Vikings opened up with last season … just against much, much, much, much, much, much, much better competition.

5:32 p.m. I’m guessing Harry Connick Jr. can’t hear the music because his singing is atrocious.

5:34 p.m. If you won the 2009 Super Bowl, why would you also choose to hang up a 2009 NFC Champions banner? That’s already insinuated.

5:38 p.m. C”mon, Colbie. We’ve been waiting seven months for this moment. No reason to keep us hanging any longer as you spend your sweet time on stage.

5:40 p.m. I have no doubt that there will be a collective bargaining agreement before next March. If for no reason other than I can’t imagine another scenario. It would be the most shameful moment in the NFL’s history.

5:41 p.m. Ryan Longwell kicks off aaaaaaaaand … EXHALE!!

5:42 p.m. Courtney Roby takes it up to the 23 and here comes the first play from scrimmage of the year. … It’s a deep middle throw to Colston for 27 yards. Well, the Saints’ offense hasn’t changed.

5:43 p.m. And there’s Lance Moore with a first-down catch. Last season was lost for him, but don’t forget how good he was in 2008.

5:45 p.m. Brees withstands some pressure and finds Devery Henderson down the sideline for a touchdown. 7-0, Saints. That took just 84 seconds. My predicted score may be a little low.

5:49 p.m. Adrian, Adrian, Adrian sums up the Vikings’ first possession, which ends three-and-out. On that third carry, Peterson just didn’t hit the hole.

5:52 p.m. Funny that now other satellite systems offer NFL Red Zone, DirecTV is trying to disparage it. But simply, NFL Red Zone is a revolutionary sports channel. Why else would (almost?) every NFL stadium be using it this season?

5:54 p.m. Is it too early for me to express my concern about not seeing any Robert Meachem? Two series in, I think the writing is on the wall: I have to trade him.

5:56 p.m. Cowboys could very well make it to the Super Bowl this year. I say Snyder’s Redskins don’t win more than six games.

5:58 p.m. If my computer’s Internet connection was fast enough, I might go online and look at all those NBC figures. Alas, I am working with a relative ENIAC.

6:00 p.m. It’ll be interesting to see how Favre works without Sidney Rice. Percy Harvin is fast, but very short. Bernard Berrian is nothing special. Greg Lewis? Greg Camarillo? Peterson needs to become more involved in the passing game.

6:02 p.m. And his tight end can’t stop making penalties. Granted, that was a VERY cheap pass interference call.

6:04 p.m. Albert Young isn’t Chester Taylor, but he’s a little better than Toby Gerhart at this level right now.

6:06 p.m. No matter the reason, watching Brett Favre do a shimmy shake is comedy.

6:08 p.m. Plan the victory parade for me! That’s a 26-yard catch for Meachem. I am now up, 2.6-0.9. An insurmountable margin!!

6:09 p.m. So a false start and a dropped pass lead to a New Orleans timeout. I’m a little surprised at the lack of Pierre Thomas in this game so far. In fact, Reggie Bush has the only carry of this quarter.

6:11 p.m. Bush loves to jump into the air. One of these days, someone is going to come by and force him into a helicopter spin and he’s not going to like the landing.

6:13 p.m. That’s a tremendous stat. Of all the great QB-WR connections in the league, Brees to Meachem was the best. It was statistically perfect. That could win a lot of bar bets.

6:15 p.m. Done with the first and, a bit as I expected, it’s low scoring. The defenses are almost always ahead of the offenses in the first week. 7-0, Saints.

6:17 p.m. The Saints have run 15 plays. One rush and Brees is 11-for-14 passing. The Vikings have run nine plays, five runs.

6:18 p.m. I know Brett Favre is 40, but JESUS CHRIST, HE LOOKS JURASSIC! The hair, the face. He really looks to be 50.

6:19 p.m. I had a bruise a couple of months ago similar to the one Favre had on his ankle. But I got it sliding head first down two flights of wooden stairs repeatedly. Good times, good times.

6:20 p.m. Adrian Peterson showing out right now. Or in other words, being himself. Nine touches, 42 yards tonight.

6:22 p.m. Oh! Albert Young had an alley off of right tackle, but he decided to drive it back inside and cost himself some yards.

6:25 p.m. Finally a down-field completion for Favre. It was to Shiancoe. I want to see how he gets his WRs involved.

6:27 p.m. And yet, with Favre doing nothing, the Saints can not stop Peterson.

6:29 p.m. Everyone thought the Vikings wanted to re-establish the running game tonight. Um, I think they are doing just that. With at least one more play to go on this drive, they have taken more than 10 minutes off the clock. Fifteen plays, 10 rushes, including six in a row.

6:32 p.m. That’s a flat-out drop by Berrian. Not a great start for that crew. And this could have been avoided if Sidney Rice was not so God damn stubborn.

6:33 p.m. Ryan Longwell connects from 40-yards out to add three points to the Vikings. Four points to me.

7-3, Saints.

6:37 p.m: Even when Pierre Thomas gets involved, it gets called back. The Saints want no part of that Williams Wall, attacking Minnesota’s vulnerable secondary.

6:39 p.m. I’m pretty sure Reggie Bush wants no part of Jared Allen. I think that chip whiff was strictly intentional.

6:41 p.m. OK, well that may be the most errant throw Brees makes all season. But there’s no penalty on Asher Allen for voluntarily taking his helmet off and pounding it into the ground?

6:43 p.m. It’s hasty to say the momentum is shifting. The Vikings’ offense doesn’t have a lot of reason to be positive. I just think it’s more of the crowd settling into the game. The emotional part is over. Now this game is just like every other game.

6:44 p.m. That hit may give Percy Harvin another migraine!

6:45 p.m. Vilma got a way with a small act of pass interference on that play, but Favre needed to pay the price for that wretched throw. As we reach the two-minute warning.

6:51 p.m. Another meaningless Saints offensive possession and Favre is going to have to come out throwing now.

6:53 p.m. As long as I’m talking about Thomas’ lack of activity, that was Harvin’s second touch of the game. He was slated to be the team’s No. 1 WR.

6:54 p.m. You don’t see Shiancoe run a lot of seam routes. He is more of a touchdown-only guy. He had just three games of 50 yards or more last season. Just through those two passes, he gained 53 yards. Touchdown, Vikings!

9-7, Vikings, because Longwell’s extra point gets blocked. Of course! OF FREAKING COURSE!!

6:59 p.m. Halftime, and the guys in the booth are right: This is surprising. I’m not surprised that the Vikings are ahead to end the half, but it’s surprising at the lack of offensive success the Saints have had since that opening drive.

7:02 p.m. That first drive for the Saints was 75 yards. They gained 74 yards for the rest of the half.

7:03 p.m. Tom Brady signs a new contract. Does anyone care? It was going to happen.

7:07 p.m. I don’t like Donovan McNabb’s prospects this year. Sub-par receivers (JOEY GALLOWAY IS GOING TO START!), a poor offensive line, a geriatric running game and too many high expectations. He is going to disappoint.

7:09 p.m. Delivered pizza and football. I’m a man.

7:13 p.m. Percy Harvin gets chopped down at the 19 and thee second half is underway.

7:14 p.m. And here we go with Peterson again. Just a absolute monster.

7:15 p.m. Berrian was upset that he got tripped up while running his route. But let’s be honest: He would have dropped that ball anyway.

7:17 p.m. In other football around the nation, Mississippi State currently trails No. 21 Auburn early in the fourth quarter, 17-14. And a back-peddling official just went heels over head because he fell over a pylon.

7:36 p.m. Man, it’s so convenient when your Internet just decides to take 15 and chill out for a bit when you are using it. Sorry about that.

7:38 p.m. Well, anyway, it’s good to see the Saints are utilizing Pierre Thomas now. You know he had to show up sooner or later.


7:43 p.m. Anyway, I’ll pick up with the Saints’ drive near the end the third quarter.

7:45 p.m. That Hamsa Abdullah story is really, really cool. I wish I had a fraction of that kind of inner strength.

7:48 p.m. Well, that was a lost quarter for me and the Minnesota Vikings. Eleven plays for 21 yards for the Vikings.

7:51 p.m. In Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs are still down by three with 35 seconds left at the Auburn 41. Fourth down.

7:53 p.m. How did Kleinsasser catch that one?? And by looking at the replay, it looks like he did catch it.

7:55 p.m. Meh. I don’t know about that. I know you have to have irrefutable visible evidence to overturn a call, but … but … oh, screw it. It was a close call.

7:57 p.m. Wow, Bryant McKinnie takes a cart ride. That is gigantic news, literally and figuratively. Beyond their starters, the Vikings are thin on the offensive line and he is one of the best.

8:01 p.m. Haven’t all of Thomas’ carries come in this half? Whatever the split, the Saints are trying to catch the Vikings creeping back and they are doing a good job of it.

8:03 p.m. OH, ROBERT! Killing me over here, KILLING ME!

8:04 p.m. And then Hartley hooks another one. Vikings still down by five with 9:10 left.

8:06 p.m. Hartley missed two of his 11 field goal attempts last season.

8:06 p.m. McKinnie is out with a finger injury? Then why did he need the cart? Did they think walking would aggravate the injury?? Hahahaha.

8:08 p.m. Greg Camarillo shows up with a nice catch. I still don’t think he’ll be a very important addition to that receiving corps.

8:09 p.m. Adrian should have dropped that pass, but that’s not natural. Brett shouldn’t have thrown that pass. But that’s not natural for him either.

8:12 p.m. Now can the Vikings get a stop? Two Saints drives this half have lasted more than five minutes. I’m going to say that the Vikings will get one more legitimate shot.

8:13 p.m. Bears should be featured in all commercials. It would just be better that way.

8:14 p.m. Pierre Thomas now bashing heads getting some really tough yards and a great play action helps the Saints pick up a crucial first down.

8:16 p.m. I would have called a timeout at the 2:50 mark, but I’m sitting on a couch. And it doesn’t matter anyway as Devery Henderson picks up the first down a play later. With the way the Saints are running the ball right now, this could be over in two minutes.

8:22 p.m. And there you have it. Pierre Thomas dominates the second half and effectively ends this game.

8:24 p.m. Saints 14, Vikings 9. Final.

8:25 p.m. Few obvious takeaways from this game: It’s week one. You’re going to see a lot of these low-scoring games Sunday. That’s what happens early on. Offenses just aren’t in sync yet.

The Vikings really miss Sidney Rice. Bernard Berrian caught one pass for three yards and dropped another. The biggest beneficiary was tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. And that’s not good news. Vikings wide receivers caught four passes for 66 yards.

In basically three quarters of action, Pierre Thomas can get it done. He got absolutely nothing in the first quarter and still ended the game with 86 total yards and a touchdown. He had 19 carries. Meanwhile, Reggie Bush got one carry after than first quarter. Will that style of usage become a trend?

Adrian Peterson is still going to get his numbers, even in a hostile environment when the passing game isn’t clicking.

8:34 p.m. New Orleans goes to San Fran next week while Minnesota gets Miami at home. From what I saw tonight, that could be a very tough game for the Vikings. If they start 0-2, it’s going to be chaos over at ESPN.

“Will Brett Favre retire before week 5??????”

Through low connectivity and other things, thanks for following along or checking in on this blog tonight, kids.

  1. Akins
    September 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I should asked your prediction for the game earliar today. But it is possible for the score you predicted. Damn you Henderson!

    • spokes310
      September 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      It’s possible. But you know me. I am never right. Are you going against Devery?

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