Going into the game tonight I was looking for 2 things. Could the starting team put together a sustaining drive, and could any of the Rookies show signs of good things to come? Both of my questions were answered. Though Christian Ponder only had one drive to show what he has learned over the offseason, he ended up throwing an interception on his second play from scrimmage. You may say it was Jerome Simpsons lack of hands that caused the turnover but I think it was Ponder misreading the coverage and not seeing a wide open Jarius Wright flaring across the middle. Ponder came into the year hoping to improve on his unnecessary turnovers last year, he even mentioned that when Ben Leiber interviewed him on the sideline, but here we are again holding our breath during every Vikings play that AP doesn't get the ball.
Enough of the negative, now for some positive. Rookie Patterson highly impressed me. From the opening kickoff return, to the 50 plus receiving yards, he looked great the entire first half. I first noticed his size which the Vikes desperately need. Then I noticed his ability to run precise routs and his speed. For a big guy, he has a galloping speed similar to Randy Moss. Great things to look forward to this year!