Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Off To an Encouraging Start

It's just one game, and it's a long season, and the Redskins might not be that good.

Still.

If my quick calculations are correct (and even if they're aren't, they're not off by much), the Vikings were 5-20 outdoors (including playoffs) under coach Mike Tice (2-18 if you remove those five throw-out-the-records NFC North rivalry games against Green Bay). Under Brad Childress, they're 1-0.

Brad Johnson looked solid last night, and I guarantee you "solid" is a word that about 25 NFL teams wish to God they could use to describe their starting quarterback. Chester Taylor had a rather pedestrian 88 yards on 31 carries, but 40 of those yards came in the 4th quarter, most of them on the Vikings' workmanlike, clock-grinding drive that resulted in the eventual winning field goal. Troy Williamson is going to be really good if he can learn to hold onto the ball, and maybe, just maybe, rookie quarterback Tavaris Jackson will be ready to go by the time Johnson decides to call it a career.

Even the awful new uniforms, while still looking like deep-fried ass, weren't quite as distracting as I thought they'd be.

I don't want to get too excited about a win over a potentially shaky Washington team, but, the Vikings pleasantly surprised a lot of fans last night, and it's been a while since they did that. Nonetheless, kudos to the Vikings and their new head coach, Vice Principal Brad Childress.

Like I said, it's just one game, and it's a long season, and the Redskins might not be that good.

Still.

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