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VIKINGS PLAY LIKE THE LIONS IN DETROIT
Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Dec 14 2010 @ 8:41 pm In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments
The streak is over. So are any mathematical chances of Minnesota making the playoffs. Of course, the way the Vikings 2010 season has gone, both of those realities seemed inevitable. In the wake of a demoralizing 21-3 defeat, courtesy of the New York Giants, there are plenty of questions in Vikingland. What happened Monday night? How will the rest of the season play out? Will Brett Favre ever play another down? Who will be the quarterback next week? Next season? Is Leslie Frazier the answer at head coach? There are plenty more that will need to be answered as well.
The game against New York actually started out promising. In the first quarter the Viking offense was able to move the ball pretty well against the Giants D. Tarvaris Jackson was efficient if not electric, starting out 9-12. Meanwhile, the Vikings D looked to be strong and intercepted Eli Manning twice early in the game. Minnesota, however, was only able to turn all of this into a 3-0 lead. One of the biggest problems all night for the offense was the inability to run the ball. Adrian Peterson only netted 8 yards on his first 8 carries and finished with 26 yards on 14 carries overall. As the game went on, the passing game deteriorated as well. After a good start, TJack finished 15 of 30 for only 118 yards with 1 interception. Although the biggest determining factor in the outcome this game was the “big play”. New York had two big runs, one from Brandon Jacobs for 73 yards and another by Ahmad Bradshaw for 48 yards. The first run led to a TD and the second run was a TD. Minnesota had some big chances, but made mistakes that cancelled them out. Greg Camarillo had an unreal punt return that went for 52 yards. Two plays later Jackson threw an interception. Lorenzo Booker had a kick return for a touchdown. It was called back because of a penalty. The Vikings decided to punt from inside the Giants 40-yd line twice and didn’t challenge a borderline call on a potential Sidney Rice TD catch. One more big factor; New York is a better team than Minnesota.
The Vikings have three more games left in the season and those games figure to impact several of the team’s concerns. If the Vikes play well as a team and finish the season strong, there is a good chance that owner Zygi Wilf would remove the interim tag now affixed to head coach Leslie Frazier. The questions at QB are not nearly as easy to answer. It appears that Favre might be done for the rest of the year, which at this point translates to done forever. Rookie Joe Webb is the only QB under contract for the 2011 season, so there is not really any rush to play him. Jackson, who will be a free agent, is a different story. He should get plenty of playing time during these last three games, but unless he looks phenomenal the Vikings will be looking for another QB in the offseason. If they draft one it probably won’t be a top five pick and as is well documented, drafting a QB in the first round is no guarantee of success. Who would they go after in the free agent market? If you do draft or sign another QB, do you keep Jackson? He has been here for five years and is well respected by the other players in the locker room. There is another big free agent concern. Linebacker Chad Greenway is now playing at an all-pro level and his contract is expiring as well. To top it all off, the Vikings aren’t sure where they will play this week’s home game against the Bears, much less next season and beyond. I told you, there are plenty of questions.
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