Who saw this coming? The Vikings now drop to 0-4 and now have all but secured their spots in the stands for the playoffs. Coming into the game against the Chiefs I thought the Vikes would win for sure because, well, they needed to. The Vikings looked to be a better team than the 0-3 who were missing Charles and Berry due to injury. The Vikings did not lose this game like the last 3, they played an average football game the entire time. It comes down to a couple things. The offensive line can’t create any holes for Peterson to run through. Donovan has no time in the pocket, and even with time tends to over or under throw open receivers. Lastly the Vikings defense plays well, but they are always on the field. Throughout the first 4 games the Vikings defense has been on the field for the majority of the game. Today’s game was a little better, but still not a good balance.
It is hard to find a positive note to write about, after starting the season 0-4. I am an overly optimistic guy, but even this loss is depressing. If you had to look for good things to say about the offense I guess you could talk up the use of Percy Harvin. Harvin has been one of the lone bright spots on the team, even though he could be the target of a few more passes down the field. He is a playmaker at heart, and whenever he touches the ball good things are going to happen. He had 67 rushing yards today, on a few reverses. He also added 42 yards receiving. The Vikes need to find a way to sustain drives and get touchdowns instead of field goals.
Shiancoe showed up for today’s game, he was targeted early and often by McNabb. He was able to be a beast in the middle of the field and made some big plays on third down. Is it just me or does it seem like the Vikings do not utilize their WRs. It seems like they only make one or to catches a game. That is not being productive. We need to find a way to sustain our drives so that we can have a few more plays to get the ball down the field to the receivers, and keep a good balance of run to pass. Longer drives would also keep the defense fresher and tougher to face. All in all it is a sad day for Vikings fans. Very few people predicted us to be this bad, when is it time to maybe look at Joe Webb or start to develop Ponder?
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