On Sunday in the nation’s capital, the Vikings made enough plays to win the game. Unfortunately, they made more mistakes. The Vikings came in to this game on the precipice of being an elite team, but left DC with a seriously bad taste in their mouth. Minnesota should be 5-1, despite RGIII’s heroics.
The Vikes had the first three scores of the game, all field goals. Unfortunately, all three of those FG’s were from within the red zone, so instead of a 17-0 lead or 21-0 lead, Minny only held a 9-0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. In addition, the Viking defense was unable to control Redskin QB Robert Griffin III. The rookie QB ran for 138 yards and 2 TD’s, while throwing for another.
Christian Ponder played well in this game, as did Adrian Peterson, but the inability to score TD’s early proved to be the downfall of the Vikings in the end. Throughout most of the game, the Vikings were playing from behind and in the end that just proved to be too much. Minnesota could have won this game, but don’t fool yourselves, they never deserved to win it.
Now, Leslie Frazier and crew have to regroup. Monday will actually be the first time this season when the Vikes have not had at least a share of first place. Minnesota has to maintain confidence, and given the veteran guys on this squad like Jared Allen and Chad Greenway, I think confidence won’t be a problem. This week, Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals come calling. Another not so easy game for the Vikings.
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...).