Hartman: Vikings' gamble on rookie kicker Walsh pays off in season opener

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 9, 2012 - 11:25 PM

The sixth-round pick from Georgia went 4-for-4 in his debut, including a clutch 55-yarder at the end of regulation.

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slammanSep. 9, 1210:44 PM

Good old Sid. It's you and Souhan...I miss Judd and the other guy. The fact is, concerning the Vikings defense, they have very weak linebackers and inconsistent DBacks. It will be a roller coaster ride on defense unless some of those players step up. Good win today though.

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kennyrogersSep. 9, 1211:27 PM

Greenway can't do it all by himself. Hopefully our young secondary players improve every week and we have shutdown corners (and safeties) for the rest of the season!

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belascoSep. 10, 1212:20 AM

We needed overtime to win at home against a team that won 5 games last year. We have a heckuva kicker, but we'll be lucky to win 5 games this year. HELLO MATT BARKLEY!!

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tombrunanskySep. 10, 12 4:51 AM

Longwell the egomaniac wouldn't have been 4/4 in FG's. Glad he is gone!

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voner26Sep. 10, 12 6:49 AM

Same old Frazer defense that lets you throw for the long ones because you are sitting back playing the man instead of the ball. Offense won the game , defense allowed the other team to get back in it when it should have been over. A lack of meanigfull adjustments hurt the defense. The rush was almost non-existent against a weak front.

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ActTwoSep. 10, 12 8:08 AM

Belasco: After last year, any win against any team who pays it's players is a big win!

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quilamollySep. 10, 12 8:32 AM

I agree with Jared Allen - leave him on the field unless he tells you he needs a breather. Him somewhat tired and going at 80% is better than any back up is going to be.

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buckthornSep. 10, 12 9:21 AM

Walsh can kick, the 55 yarder would have been good from 65!

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rballmanSep. 10, 12 1:49 PM

I love watching the Vikings. That being said, I hope we only win two games or so this year. How sweet would it be to have the number 1 draft pick to trade off for multiple picks next year? We are starting to assemble some talent but are WAY WAY short of a championship caliber team. We need good quality draft picks and good quality free agents. Not free agents like the ones we picked up this year, aside from Carlson.

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tjtwinsfanSep. 10, 12 5:11 PM

Jared Allen you are right you and the rest of the defense needs to step it up! Did you get any sacks? How many tackles did you have? Say you have to step it up and not only go for sacks get some tackles to.

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