I came away fairly impressed today. For once I didn't think the OC was holding us back, every time they failed it was squarely on the players making mistakes or just getting beat.J. Kapp 11 wrote:So ... how about the offense today in the first game post-Norv?
I think there were some promising signs -- quicker plays, better offensive line play (at least on passing plays -- only two sacks for this line is a MAJOR win), getting more players involved (even Laquon Treadwell!), more imagination on first down.
I also liked some of the creativity in the Vikings' plays today, particularly the use of Linval Joseph in the backfield, which resulted in two touchdowns. I also liked Shurmur's willingness to get Cordarrelle Patterson involved in a major way. I look for good things out of CP going forward.
But then, the old issues cropped up again. Inability to establish a running game, problems in the red zone, untimely penalties.
What's the consensus? What are you guys thinking? I know it's only one game, but are we seeing anything?
Loved the runs to the outside, they were quite a bit more effective than our standard 1st down run off either guard up the middle strategy.
Bradford was 31/40 for 273 and a TD with pretty much nothing but short / quick passes. A massive improvement from the long developing plays that were destroying drive after drive and exposed Sam to unnecessary hits.
The creativity was much improved, putting in that Linval Jumbo package and then running play action pass to a wide open Rudolph was brilliant. Getting Patterson and Diggs the ball in their hands in as simple of a way as possible was great to see as well. They didn't break any big YAC plays but I think it's only a matter of time with as much opportunity as they got.
The overall results won't show too much improvement but I like what I saw today. If they can build on this further it'll go a long way to getting some W's.