Last week, I thought I had the Vikings figured out. They were going to get manhandled by the Eagles, then battle Detroit in a "Losers Bowl" of sorts. Of course, I didn't count on Tuesday Night Football...!
I have to give Joe Webb a lot of credit. Though I honestly don't think he played nearly as well as the local media make it out, he didn't turn into Spergon Wynn like I expected. Despite laying on egg in the first half, Webb came out for the second go-'round and impressed me with his poise and throws. Plus, those legs give him a dimension not seen by a Vikings QB since a young Pep.
I also have to give props to Adrian Peterson for controlling the tempo of the game in the second half. When the Vikings really needed some long, methodical drives late in the game, Petey provided them.
That being said, my game ball (almost without question) goes to Antoine Winfield for his strip/sack/TD in the waning seconds of the first half. Without those points, the Vikings likely have to come out passing more in the second quarter, and then who knows what would have transpired. As it happened, Winfield's spectacular play allowed us to punish the Eagles D a little longer in that second half, wear them down, and grind out a victory.
Again, though, I truly think that the Eagles lost the game more than the Vikings won it...
I was puzzled by the strategy of Andy Reid, which (at least early in the game) saw the Eagles run a bunch of tricky plays (pitches, shovels, bootlegs, etc.). Personally, I think they could have lined up in traditional formations and whooped us. However, when their offense didn't click in that first half, they started pressing in the second, and a hobbled Vick couldn't led them back to a "W".
All in all, a nice win to perhaps build a little momentum into 2011, and maybe give Leslie Frazier just that much more of a chance of retaining the Head Coach title next season.