It became clear after the first half against the Saints that the Vikings had one go-to receiver: TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Facing a Saints defense that often went to a cover-2 scheme, it only made sense that QB Brett Favre went to his best zone buster in the passing game. Twice, Shiancoe split the Saints' safeties — once for 33 yards, once for a 20-yard TD. But the Saints adjusted by marking Shiancoe with a safety instead of a linebacker, and the strategy effectively eliminated the Vikings' passing game in the second half. Without WR Sidney Rice, a physical presence on the outside, the Vikings' smaller, quicker receivers were bottled up. Although it's too early to draw conclusions about much, it was clear that the limited practice time of both Favre, who had wavered in his decision to play, and Percy Harvin, who was plagued by migraines during the preseason, caused some problems with rapport in the passing game.
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