So I just posted my thoughts on the first preseason game over at Odin's Eye , complete with specifics on what looked good and what didnt. here are just my intro and conclusion, head over there for the full article.
Alright alright, so how about those Vikings? (Looks at box score, sees 248 total yards)
Alright, so maybe not. Let's be happy that we are 1/4 of the way finished with the preseason and that much closer to real football that matters. I understand the value of the preseason, and especially with a lockout-shortened offseason it is definitely needed, but man is it boring. The Vikings came up short in this matchup with the Titans by a final of 14-3, for those of you who haven't seen that anywhere else yet. These games really are not about who wins, obviously, but getting the team in rhythm and figuring out the depth chart. I saw some things that were impressive tonight and also some areas which are definitely in need of improvement, as well as some players that stood out for both good and reasons. If you want to see a summary, go here. I just want to talk about some of the positives and negatives of the performance.
Overall, tonight's game was just a tease. It left me wanting to see more. I liked the plays the offense was running and I think that our passing game will be better than most people are projecting it to be. I am worried about our offensive line though and hope they start to get it together because I think that games are won in the trenches. I am worried about our defense both against the run and the pass, but then again we didn't have our Jared Allen, Antoine Winfield or Kevin Williams playing tonight, which would probably have helped. I also thought Jake Locker looked quite good but struggled with his accuracy at times as well. Next game I will be looking forward to seeing more of Donovan McNabb running our offense, hoping to see Christian Ponder not running for his life half of the time and also for players like Chris Cook and the the guys on the O-Line to step their games up. So that's that. Enjoy.