Just before the bye, it seemed like the Defense had lost a little of it's touch. They had a few 2nd half collapses leading several teams, Baltimore, Green Bay (game two) to start mounting a comback. Thankfully, during these times, the defense woke back up and helped to avert disaster. Looking back then, the Defense was ranked over all near 20. Yikes, what a step back from last year. After this week, this are looking better. Granted, two games against the Lions and Seahawks have helped to pad it a little, but hopefully increase the confidence factor as well. Currently, the Vikings have now climbed up to 13th overall, the Rushing D is back up to 3rd and the Passing side has inched up to 21st after being at 26th a few weeks ago. Definate sign's of improvement on that side of the ball and hope that trend keep's improving!
Over in Offensiveland, we rank 8th overall, 10th in rushing. That might make some go "Whaaaaat?", but the next few items coming up are going to show why. We no longer have to rely on A.P. running All Day to keep the O going. Which I think will help to his longevity over the next few seasons. Passing, we are 10th, a massive improvement over the last several years. Oh, and I will throw this out there, after this past Sunday, Favre now has a passer rating of 112, the highest in the league and little higher then Brees. Another big improvement, we rank 2nd in points per game average with 30.6 so far. Another huge improvement over the last few years. The Saints sit at 1 with 36.9, but have gone from 40 - 50 points for a few games, then the low 20's on others. We have been 27 and higher with the only game to not break 20 against Pittsburgh, so alot more consistent.
Compared to last year, the Offense is ALOT more balanced, something most of us have come to realize and even with a sluggish start, the Defense is finally showing why they were feared last year, and the year before. Hopefully, this only get's better as the season progresses. Thank God for a bye week in the middle of the season!