EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Hello everyone. We're going to have to do a fast update here after the Vikings 29-20 loss to the New York Jets. We have a plane to catch in a few hours so we'll get to as much as we can before we have to bolt out of New Meadowlands Stadium.
Where to begin? A lot happened tonight as the Vikings fell to 1-3 on a strange night, but frustration was the overwhelming feeling in the postgame locker room, particularly amongst the offensive players.
The Vikings did absolutely nothing in the first half offensively, and several players questioned the lack of aggressiveness in the play-calling. The Vikings had 51 total yards in the first half and three first downs n what was an embarrassing display.
The offense came alive with 20 points in the second half on three touchdown passes from Brett Favre. So what happened? What changed?
"You have to ask the coaches that," said Percy Harvin, who had two touchdown catches, 97 receiving yards and 175 return yards. "We kind of opened it up a little more. The first half we kind of I guessed played right into their hands. Their DBs couldn't lock us up one-on-one. We knew that coming into the game. You seen that in the second half."
Left guard Steve Hutchinson seemed perplexed by the execution in the first half.
"I don't know," he said. "You come out the first half and played [terrible] offensively-speaking. We screw around offense for whatever reason. You come out and play like that in the second half. It's the oldest cliche in football. It's a 60-minute game. You've got to play 60, not 30."
Favre's arm hurting
We'll have plenty about Brett Favre's day in stories and columns but a few items of note. Favre was seen grabbing his right elbow several times and he admitted this is the worst it's felt. Asked if his arm contributed to first-half struggles, Favre said: "I don't think I threw it enough in the first half to matter."
"This is probably the worst it's felt in four games," he said. "I missed some throws the last drive, I think I make in my sleep. Really the last two drives."
Because of the arm?
"I'm not going to sit here and make excuses," he said. "I missed it. I have a little bit of tendinitis in it, but I also made some pretty good throws tonight too. I can't sit here and say tendinitis caused me to miss however many throws. It doesn't feel as good as it did after Detroit. But I should have made some of those throws."
Favre declined to answer any questions regarding the Deadspin.com reports and NFL investigation into the matter.
Randy Moss caught four passes for 81 yards and one touchdown in his first game back in a Vikings uniform. He was targeted 10 times by Favre.
"It’s been a long week,” Moss said. “I’m kind of worn out, man. It’s frustrating. I put a lot in this.”
Sorry for the quick post but we have to rush back to hotel to get our things and get to the airport. We'll update more once we get settled.