Minnesota Vikings – Midweek Report 28 Sep 11

QB Donovan McNabb has only one interception, but he’s also made only a few plays, and none of them have come in the second half. He’s 1-for-11 passing for eight yards and no first downs on third down in the second half.

DT Kevin Williams came out of Sunday’s game tired, but healthy. The plantar fasciitis in his left foot bothered him early, but loosened up enough for him to play 61 of 70 snaps.

CB Chris Cook gave up a 32-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson, but the 6-2 corner also made two plays that show why the Vikings drafted him in the second round last year. Facing the 6-5, speedy Johnson, Cook jumped and swatted a ball from Johnson’s grasp. He also made a diving pass defense.

RB Adrian Peterson wasn’t happy that he didn’t get the ball on fourth-and-1 at the Lions’ 17 in the second half of Sunday’s game. But he supported Toby Gerhart, who got the ball from the fullback position and was stopped short. “Toby’s gotten that first down a lot of times on that play,” Peterson said. “I had confidence in him.”

RB Toby Gerhart didn’t have the power against the Lions’ front seven that he had in the first two games. He came in averaging 13 yards on four carries, but was held to 2 yards on two carries against the Lions.

WR Percy Harvin missed the last two possessions against the Lions because he became ill on the sideline. He could have returned, but the Vikings never got the ball in OT. Harvin saw more snaps against the Lions and had a combined 88 yards from scrimmage (47 receiving, 41 rushing). His 39-yard run was the longest at the Metrodome by a receiver.

TE Kyle Rudolph made a catch in the second half against the Lions that showed why the Vikings drafted him. QB Donovan McNabb was wildly inaccurate throughout the half, but Rudolph was able to reach low to snag a reception for 20 yards.

LT Charlie Johnson needs to step it up. He’s vulnerable to speed rushers, which is hurting the offense. The team worked out free agent T Max Starks. Although no move is expected soon, Johnson knows the team is starting to look.

WR Michael Jenkins isn’t a dangerous receiver. He’s not a burner or a shifty guy. But he runs very good routes and finds holes in the defense. He caught nine of the 11 balls thrown his way against the Lions. He also has a team-high 15 catches, but only a 9.5 average per catch.