This was not how it was all supposed to turn out. After losing to the Detroit Lions 20-13, the Minnesota Vikings finished the 2010 season in last place in the NFC North at 6-10. This comes after two consecutive division crowns. The game yesterday went how much of the season did, as the Lions were pretty much in control throughout the game.
The story for Minnesota on offense was familiar. They were unable to mount much of a threat running or passing the ball. The Vikings rushed for only 74 yards during the game and almost half of that was by QB Joe Webb. Adrian Peterson and the rest of the crew were shut down. Once again, the offensive line looked to be the weakest link. Minnesota wasn’t much better passing the ball. Webb was 20-32, but only threw for 145 yards with 1INT and 0TDS. The only other player who did anything on offense was Percy Harvin, who grabbed 8REC for 69 yards.
On defense, Minnesota looked decent for much of the game, but did give up a couple of big plays. A former Viking, Nate Burleson, was really the biggest problem for the Minnesota D. Burleson had 6REC for 83 yards and 1TD. He also had a 20 yard run to his credit. Lion’s QB Shaun Hill also looked good, completing 28 of 39 for 258 yards with 1TD and 1INT. The only real highlight for the Viking D was Jared Allen intercepting Hill, then returning it 36 yards for Minnesota’s lone touchdown of the day.
Losing to the Lions shouldn’t have been a shocker to any Viking fans. Minnesota has struggled on the road all season and give Detroit some credit, this was their fourth straight victory. The Lions have been playing well. Really, the only road game in which the Vikings played well was last Tuesday against Philadelphia. The result of that game was much more surprising than this one. Sunday, however, was not entirely negative for the Minnesota faithful. The team really appeared to support each other and play together during the season finale. Leslie Frazier managed to keep this team tight and focused, even when they have had very little to play for. Reports are coming out that due to his excellent grasp of this team, Frazier will be given the head coaching job on a permanent basis. That would be the best post-game news that fans could hope for.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).