Minnesota made all kinds of mistakes in Indianapolis on Sunday. The biggest one was leaving :24 seconds on the clock after they had made another heroic comeback in the fourth quarter. That proved to be more than enough time for Andrew Luck to put his team in position for the winning field goal. And did you really think Adam Vinatieri was going to miss. 53 yards. Chip shot for the greatest kicker of all time.
Before I lay in to the Vikings prevent defense, there is another factor that played a huge roll in this game. The officiating. If you have ever been a conspiracy theory guy, Sunday was your day. The refs in Indy were throwing flags at the Vikings like it was a yellow tag sale. Not just little flags either, but penalties of the 15-yard variety. Had Minnesota not come back in the fourth quarter, the penalties would be the main focus of the game.
Now for the defense. How do you let a rookie QB drive 50 yards in just seconds. During the entire fourth quarter the Minny D had held down the Colts offense. Then with 24 seconds left they went in to the dreaded prevent mode. On the biggest play, Reggie Wayne was so wide-open I thought maybe my grandmother was covering him, and she’s been gone for years. Pitiful. The only weapon the Colts have and he doesn’t have a defender near him.
Were there some positives for the Vikings on Sunday? Sure. Christian Ponder looked pretty good for the second consecutive game, but he failed to make any big plays. The Indy defense put the clamps on AP(his longest run was 6 yards), and while Percy Harvin had a great game, Ponder never really found anybody else to make a big play. The Vikings offense was stuck on 6 points for almost three quarters.
Minnesota is capable of winning games, but they have to figure out how to build a lead instead of always trying to come back at the end. Christian Ponder seems to shine in a no-huddle offense. The Vikes should try using that style of O during random parts of the game. Adrian Peterson is awesome, but he can’t win games by himself. Leslie Frazier needs to loosen up a little bit when it comes to the offense, and the defense needs to find a way to put more pressure on the QB. The Vikings have a lot of winnable games on their schedule during the next few weeks. If this team wants to make any noise at all in the NFC North, they need to take advantage of these upcoming games. Unfortunately for Minnesota, next week is going to be rough. San Francisco is coming to town. Get ready.
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...).