Dwight Smith, Vikings: Remember when the veteran safety had two INT returns for TDs in Super Bowl XXXVII and wasn't the MVP? Well, two key picks, including a 93-yard TD, is enough for us.
Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings: Note to the "quarterback of the future:" The future is now.
PLAY OF THE GAME
First quarter, 3:26 left, scored tied 7-7
Giants third-and-7 on their own 13
The play: Eli Manning's pass, in the general direction of tight end Jeremy Shockey, was picked off by Darren Sharper at the 20. Sharper stumbled, righted himself, and raced left for a touchdown.
The result: Manning was shaken and threw three more interceptions before his nightmarish day ended.
MONDAY MORNING QB, ON THE QBS
This week's starter: Tarvaris Jackson
Play: A couple of scrambles were very Tarkenton-like (yeah, we remember the '70s). Grade: Fran
Leadership: Supported by a high-scoring defense, T-Jack avoided big mistakes. He's not getting Pro Bowl votes, but he is 5-2 as a starter this year. Grade: Wade
Stats: Early 60-yard TD toss helped him to a lofty 139.2 rating. Only threw 12 passes, no picks, a fumble and four sacks. Grade: Wade
Overall: Did you know Jackson has only three TD passes this season, but all of them have been for exactly 60 yards? Grade: Wade
The Vikings played the Giants on Nov. 13, 2005 in the Meadowlands and won 24-21 by becoming the first team in NFL history score on an interception return (Darren Sharper), a kickoff return (Koren Robinson) and a punt return (Mewelde Moore). They also scored on three interception returns Sunday ... none of that makes up for 41-donut, however.
Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Noon Sunday
|Miami - LP: B. Morris||4||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Grace||6|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Martin||1||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: R. Dickey||3|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang||5||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||2|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi||5||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||1|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Hatcher||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek||4|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||9||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||10|
|Oakland - LP: J. Hahn||7||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||8|
|Texas - WP: K. Kela||2||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||1|
|Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez||3||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker||2|
|San Diego - LP: T. Ross||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner||2|