The big Vikings news of the last week, of course, revolves around how much better Tarvaris Jackson did against the Seattle Seahawks than Aaron Rodgers did against the Cincinnati Bengals: 8/11, 118 yards, 1 TD for Jackson; 9/15, 117 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT for Rodgers. The Seahawks' D is pretty good; the Bengals' is not. It's only one preseason game, surely, but what we saw from Peanut Jackson last Friday night was impressive. In contrast, Darren Sharper is salivating over what he saw last night out of Lambeau. Rodgers' accuracy could've been much better. Many of those completions had as much to do with the talented Green Bay receiving corps as with where the ball needed to be.
Unfortunately, the Vikes have suffered some significant injuries on defense. Heath Farwell and Jayme Mitchell are out for the season with busted knees. Like the last couple of years, we lost a linebacker with a knee injury in the first preseason game. What kind of curse is that? The silver lining to Farwell's injury allows for space for Vinny Circiu, Rufus Alexander, and Erin Henderson to make the squad. The loss of Mitchell really hurts our depth at defensive end, where Brian Robison is already a little banged-up.
Madieu Williams' neck injury hurts. Suddenly, our safety depth looks a little thin, yet again. Don't tell me that Peyton Manning won't pick on rookie Tyrell Johnson in week two. The sudden thinness in the secondary also hurts our ability to defend against the spread offenses that are in vogue this year, like we'll see against Green Bay in week one.
One random thought: Bernard Berrian is making my fantasy team, I'll tell you that.