- Article by: Chris Miller
- Star Tribune
- November 18, 2007 - 10:39 PM
Pat Williams, Vikings: The veteran defensive tackle gave pep talks all week, then shut down Oakland's running game with nine tackles.
Chester Taylor, Vikings: "Backup" tailback had the 12th-best rushing day in team history (22 carries, 164 yards, three TDs) and caught three passes.
PLAY OF THE GAME
First quarter, first play from scrimmage
Vikings first-and-10 on the Raiders 16
The play: Chester Taylor swept left, gave the ball to receiver Sidney Rice on the reverse, and Rice threw long to Visanthe Shiancoe for a 79-yard gain.
The result: The 11th-longest pass completion in Vikings history got the crowd into the game and set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Taylor.
MONDAY MORNING QB, ON THE QBS
This week's starter: Tarvaris Jackson
Play: Pocket awareness isn't what it should be; took three sacks and had two turnovers. Grade: Wade
Leadership: Let's face it, Jackson needs games like this to improve his on-field play before he starts running the show like Manning and Brady. Grade: Wade
Stats: Was 17-for-22 for 171 yards and a 79.9 rating ... but was overshadowed by WR Sidney Rice (118.8 rating). Grade: Wade
Overall: His end-zone interception prevented the game from being a rout early. Still nothing here to crow about. Grade: Wade
Vikings at N.Y. Giants Noon Sunday
Meadowlands (Ch. 9)
About the Giants: New York improved to 7-3 with a ragged 16-10 victory at Detroit.
Dangerous player: Michael Strahan had three sacks and leads a rabid defensive line.
GIVEAWAY DAY: THE VIKINGS' FIVE TURNOVERS
1. Leading 7-0, Tarvaris Jackson was intercepted by Nnamdi Asomugha on a pass from the Raiders 3 in the first quarter.
2. Bobby Wade lost a first-quarter fumble at the Oakland 47.
3. Chester Taylor lost a fumble on the Vikings 14, leading to a Raiders field goal in the second quarter.
4. Jackson lost a second-quarter fumble at the Vikings 46.
5. Linebacker Chad Greenway lost a fumble after making a fourth-quarter interception that would have clinched the victory.
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