Vikings Supporting Cast Shines Among Stars

Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 10:36 am

Picture 1746Minneapolis, MN (AHN) – If the Minnesota Vikings were a movie, they’d be a summer blockbuster filled with stars.

Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, and Kevin and Pat Williams are among the NFL’s best at their respective positions.

But, as good as the stars have been, the Vikings 10-1 start is due in large to the players who could win “Best Performance in a Supporting Role.”

Minnesota won its fourth in a row Sunday by routing division rival Chicago 36-10 at the Metrodome.

“It helps when the cast is all in place,” said Favre. ” We have a long way to go, but we have helped each other and molded into place better than probably anyone expected.  It takes a complete team.”

Minnesota’s win over Chicago was led by Favre’s three touchdowns and 392-yards passing, the most of his short, but prolific Vikings career.

His passer rating of 112 ties Daunte Culpepper and Randall Cunningham for the Minnesota record for most games in a single season – eight – with a passer rating of 100 or greater.

“Am I a new player? No.  The guys in the locker room have made all the difference,” said the 40-year-old-veteran.

As he has done all season, Favre spread the ball around.

Five Vikings had at least five catches and 50 yards receiving, including Visanthae Shiancoe who caught Favre’s third touchdown, all coming in a 24-point Vikings second quarter.

“It’s the most explosive I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” said Shiancoe of the Vikings offense.  “It seems like everyone is getting open.  Everyone is eating a piece of this pie.”

Shiancoe’s touchdown was the eighth of the season, a career best for the seven-year-tight end.

Shiancoe caught only five touchdowns in his first five seasons with the Giants and Vikings.  “That’s a good accomplishment but at the same time I know I have a lot of work to do,” he said.

Shiancoe is one a several Vikings role players, on a team full of perennial pro-bowlers, who are stepping into the spotlight.

Cornerback Cedric Griffin, who is getting more playing time since the injury to Antoine Winfield, had a pivotal interception in the end zone, which would have put the Bears within three in the second quarter.

“The confidence level is really high right now.  We are all playing for each other and that’s the key thing right now, a one unit mentality. We are just going out there practicing hard and coming to the game and making it look easy, ” he said.

Griffin’s interception was one of two thrown by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who came into the week leading the NFL in picks.

Cutler went 18-of-23 for 147 yards and a 24-yard touchdown to rookie Johnny Knox.

Knox was one of two rookies who made an impact.  Vikings wideout Percy Harvin scored the game’s first touchdown and led all receivers with 101 yards in catches.

“I think each week we are getting better and better,” said Harvin.  “Come each week we want to eliminate something we did [poorly] in the past week and I think we did that.”

As good as the story has been so far, The Vikings know the only way to complete the fairytale ending is to win the Super Bowl in Miami.

“We always want to win at home and at least half your games away, and we are doing a lot better than that right now, so as long as we keep in that direction, we’ll be alright,” said Berrian.

(Courtesy of All Headline News)

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