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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Sep 19 2011 @ 1:54 am In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

The scoreboard read 24-20 in favor of the Buccaneers on Sunday, but to simply look at this game as a loss seems impossible.  Minnesota managed to blow a double-digit halftime lead for the second week in a row and it was really a team effort.  The Vikings failed on both sides of the ball in the second half.  They now sit at 0-2 and as frustrated as fans are, the players have to be completely exasperated.

For the second consecutive week, Minnesota wasted an excellent game from Adrian Peterson.  He ran for 120 yards on 25 carries and 2 tds, but both td’s and 83 of those yards came in the first half.  Donovan McNabb also saw his production take a nosedive in the second half.  I felt like #5 needed to throw for at least 200 yards if the Vikings wanted to win this game.  He did.  They lost.  153 of his 239 yards came in the first half.

The offense did sputter, but it was the Viking D that really seemed to be the culprit in this game that was lost.  On several occasions, they failed to stop the Bucs on third and long.  Then there were the mistakes.  Dumb penalties like the roughing the passer flag that Jared Allen got hit with.  And like many of the defenses in the NFL this season, the players seem to get fatigued late in the game.  Tampa QB Josh Freeman made some plays with his legs and RB LaGarrette Blount had a strong second half, scoring twice to help lead the Bucs back.

Last week the Vikings let a game slip away, but it was a road game against a team that most people think is very good.  While Tampa is good, this was a devastating home loss.  The collapse by the Vikings took place due to lapses on both sides of the ball.  The good news is that Minnesota has played four quarters of very good football.  The bad news is that it’s taken this team two games to do it.  Now the Vikings face a must-win situation in week 3 when they host the Detroit Lions(2-0) in the division opener.  The boys from motown are not the NFC North stepchild any longer, and they will be coming to town looking to pin Minnesota in the cellar of the division.  Get ready, because 0-3 will spell a long painful year for Viking fans everywhere.

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