Here Is A Play The Vikings May Want To Put In Their Playbook (Video)
Through their opening three games of the 2011 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings have held leads of 10, 17 and 20 points against the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions, respectively. They are outscoring their opposition 54-7 in the opening half, and much of that has to do with the play of Adrian Peterson, who has 36 rushing attempts for 230 yards and three touchdowns in the first half this season.
As for the second half of play, that has been an entirely different story. Through three games, the Vikings have been outscored 64-6 during the final 30 minutes of their first three games, and they have blown their first half lead on each occasion, resulting in an 0-3 record to start the season. Much of the blame for their second half collapses has fallen on coach Leslie Frazier, who has strayed away from using Peterson when he is needed the most – only 22 carries for 66 yards when the Vikings are trying to close games out in the second half.
Peterson has been frustrated by his lack of opportunities to close out the game in the second half, but perhaps it is time for him and the rest of the Vikings offense to take things into their own hands. And how exactly would they do that, you ask? Simple. Just take a page from the Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook High School playbook.
I’m not sure if the play was planned out this way, but during their game against Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield High, a high snap from the center bounced off the quarterback’s hands and fell right into the arms of Millbrook running back Keith Marshall, who proceeded to rush 55-yards down the field for the touchdown.
So here is my tip to the Vikings’ players. The next time Leslie Frazier tells you to line up in shotgun formation while you are trying to hang onto a second half lead, tell center John Sullivan to snap the ball high enough so that it bounces off the hands of Donovan McNabb and right into the arms of Adrian Peterson, and just leave the rest to him.
Here is a look at Keith Marshall’s incredible run.
Hat Tip – [Prep Rally]