Vikings Lose 14-9 in NFL Season Opener: Why It’s Not Cause for Panic

September 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Minnesota Vikings may yet win their second straight division title this season, but they got off on the wrong foot.
The New Orleans Saints squeaked out a win over Minnesota in a predictably low-scoring, borderline sloppy season-opening game Thursday night.
Neither team fired on all cylinders, although Drew Brees and Devery Henderson did connect for the season's first touchdown less than three minutes into the first quarter.
That set the tone for the evening in one respect: Henderson beat Vikings defenders badly, getting behind two defenders for an easy catch. That happened a dozen times during the evening, victimizing each secondary six times.
On only one of the other occasions, though, did the blown coverage lead to points. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre connected with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe for a 20-yard touchdown during the first half's final minute on a play on which Shiancoe got behind a Saints linebacker and safety.
The game became more def...

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