The Vikings didn’t seem that worried after tonight’s season-opening 14-9 loss to the Saints. They kept the setback in perspective, and projected a lot of confidence they would turn it around.
That doesn’t mean Vikings coach Brad Childress was thrilled with everything that went on in the Superdome Thursday night. He was especially annoyed at how Brett Favre’s interception was officiated, believing Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma committed pass interference on the play..
“I thought the back judge . . . missed the fact that 51 (Vilma) was mauling [Visanthe Shiancoe.] When he didn’t maul him, [Shiancoe] ran down for a touchdown.”
Childress has a point here — it did appear that Vilma hit Shiancoe when the ball was in the air.
The Saints didn’t score off the interception and it was only one play in a game full of disappointing moments for a Vikings offense that deserved to lose. Still, the lack of a call may have cost Minnesota points.