TEs Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph both were held without a catch against San Diego, and each was targeted only once despite the Vikings’ extensive deployment of two-tight end sets. “A couple times, we had them on some deeper crosses and their linebackers were just getting deep,” McNabb said. “When that happens, you have to check the ball down. There were a couple times where I scrambled, and that was because they were playing some man, but they had guys underneath our tight ends as well as on our checkdowns, which left running lanes for me.”
–DE Jared Allen made one of Sunday’s most remarkable plays in an unfamiliar spot. Dropping in coverage on a zone blitz, the 6-6, 270-pound onetime tight end picked up Chargers HB Ryan Mathews on a wheel route and got his head around in time to intercept QB Philip Rivers’ touch pass. Allen also drilled TE Antonio Gates after a catch in the first half. “I don’t even like covering people,” Allen said, “but sometimes you’ve got to do it.”
CB Asher Allen sat out with the same toe injury that kept him out of the last three preseason games.
QB Joe Webb took two snaps in the Vikings’ Wildcat-style “Blazer” package, with McNabb split wide. The results weren’t positive. Webb lost two yards on a quarterback draw on first down, then handed off to Harvin on an option play that gained only two.