In their first actual game, after confusing the hell out of all of us fans about their kicking situation, the Minnesota Vikings had the opportunity to put Dan Bailey, Matt Wyle and newly acquired Kaare Vedwick to work against the Seattle Seahawks. So, how were the three kicking specialists hired and can we draw something from that?
Well, if we can. This will be bad news for the current Vikings striker.
Let's break all the Vikings kicks out here Sunday night.
- The Vikings attempted only one field goal in the evening, 24 yards from Bailey, who found the result.
- The Vikings tried two extra points like Chad Beebe. Bailey handled this after Sean Manion's 4-yard pass to Brandon Silstra shortly before halftime, and Vedwick attempted after a forced retraction after the fourth quarter of Harry Blasingame. Chad Bebe was the holder of both attempts. The Vikings followed their third landing of the night with a successful two-point conversion.
- The Vikings started five times.
- The Vikings punished four times. Three of those montages dealt with Vedwick, and Wile's only interruption to the race was the final punt of the game with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
Now, I'm not sure how much missing Wile's involvement in this competition had to do with the injury he inflicted on his arm (the one that required stitches) against New Orleans. He reportedly did very little work at the camp last week, and it's really hard to know if it has anything to do with injury, trading with Vedwick or a combination of both. Maybe they just wanted to give Vedwick every opportunity as a player in this one and give him more options as a kicker in next week's Important Third Pre-Season Game.
If there is a positive side to Wile, it is that Vedvik's net average was not spectacular or anything. He averaged 46.7 yards / punt, but didn't get much hang time, which resulted in decent returns for the Seahawks. As a result, his net average was only 34.7 yards / punt, which is not very good.
There are still plenty of practices and opportunities for all three Vikings specialists to impress coaches before the August 31