Football fiction, for now

  • Article by: KEVIN SEIFERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2007 - 2:32 PM

Some might consider 2007 a rebuilding year for the Vikings. You might be concerned that focus on the running game will make for some yawn-inducing moments this season. But this is NFL football, right? It's got to be fun or it's not worth watching. With that goal in mind, reporter Kevin Seifert takes an imaginary — or maybe not so fantasied — look at just how entertaining the running game could be.

SEPT. 9 VS. ATLANTA, NOON

New QB Tarvaris Jackson sets a modern-day record by attempting two passes. RB Chester Taylor carries 47 times for 93 yards. Falcons QB Joey Harrington throws four interceptions, the last of which is returned 7 yards for a touchdown by DT Pat Williams in the Vikings' 7-0 victory.

SEPT. 16 AT DETROIT, 3:05 P.M.

Hoping to recapture the magic of yesteryear, the Vikings open in a wishbone set that includes the burly and unheralded Jeff Dugan. But as the Vikings nurse a 10-9 lead, Dugan collides with Jackson in unfortunate Joe Pisarcik-like fashion. The ball dribbles out of the back of the end zone for a game-losing safety.

SEPT. 23 AT KANSAS CITY, NOON

Just before kickoff, coaches Herm Edwards and Brad Childress announce a side bet: The first team to 30 carries wins the game. After the first quarter, Chiefs RB Larry Johnson, left, leads Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 28-17. But Taylor takes off in the second quarter, ripping off 13 consecutive runs of 4 yards apiece to clinch victory.

SEPT. 30 VS. GREEN BAY, NOON

Jackson sets a season high by passing for 87 yards and his first touchdown of the season, a 1-yard bullet to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. But questions arise when Taylor, who gets a season-low 28 carries in the victory, tells reporters that he wants a bigger role.

OCT. 7 BYE WEEK

Players are off. Coaches? Under the cloak of darkness, they're "tweaking" the scheme.

OCT. 14 AT CHICAGO, NOON

Shocking the world, the Vikings open in their own version of the spread offense: two receivers, two tight ends and Mewelde Moore at running back. Jackson opens in the shotgun and throws a perfect game of sorts: nine series, 0-for-3 on each possession, 0-for-27 in the loss. Coaches kick themselves.

OCT. 21 AT DALLAS, NOON

Ah, back to basics — and then some. The Vikings implement their new offense: no quarterback, two tight ends, four running backs. C Matt Birk snaps it to the back of his choice, but Cowboys coach Wade Phillips halts the attack with an 11-man line.

OCT. 28 VS. PHILADELPHIA, NOON

Two old friends, Childress and Eagles coach Andy Reid, get together for a battle of wills. Some say Reid's Eagles throw it too much, and sure enough, QB Donovan McNabb tosses 30 passes — in the first half — and nearly eclipses Jackson's seven-game total. Taylor's 75 yards on 34 carries are not enough.

NOV. 4 VS. SAN DIEGO, NOON

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Miami - LP: M. Dunn 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 3
Arizona 4 Top 9th Inning
Chicago Cubs 5
San Francisco 7 Bottom 7th Inning
Colorado 6
Texas 3 Top 7th Inning
Oakland 0
Houston 3 Top 7th Inning
Seattle 0
Cincinnati - A. Simon 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - C. Morton
LA Angels - J. Weaver 6:05 PM
Washington - G. Gonzalez
Kansas City - J. Vargas 6:05 PM
Cleveland - J. Masterson
Baltimore - C. Tillman 6:07 PM
Toronto - D. McGowan
Chicago WSox - A. Rienzo 6:08 PM
Detroit - D. Smyly
St. Louis - M. Wacha 6:10 PM
NY Mets - J. Niese
Minnesota - M. Pelfrey 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi
NY Yankees - M. Pineda 6:10 PM
Boston - J. Lackey
San Diego - T. Ross 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - K. Lohse
Philadelphia - C. Hamels 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
Charlotte 6:00 PM
Miami
Dallas 7:00 PM
San Antonio
Portland 8:30 PM
Houston
Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Columbus
Anaheim 7:00 PM
Dallas
St. Louis 8:30 PM
Chicago
Houston 6:30 PM
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Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
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Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
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Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
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