Viking’s Second Half Woes Continue
The Vikings looked to be the same Vikings we have watched for the past two weeks. With the strong start, the Vikings looked like they were on their way to their first victory of this young season. The Vikings Defense was playing strong, and they were holding Stafford and the rest of the Lions to a total of zero points through the entire first half. The Vikes were up 20-0 and I, like most fans I’m sure, still had a bad feeling in my gut. The past two games have been identical, and now the third was shaping up to be the exact same.
The Vikings corner backs actually played well throughout the game. Chris Cook seemed to show some of that promise we saw from him in his rookie preseason games. He was matched up 1-1 with Calvin Johnson for most of the game and held his own. When Johnson made plays it was because Griffin or Cook, were playing bad defense, it was because well he is the, MEGATRON, and it showed today. The Vikes could not find a solution to stop passes down the middle of the field. The play of Sanford/Johnson has been brutal this year. On Johnson’s second touchdown score Sanford was completely out of position, he was going to try to triple team a Lion in the corner of the endzone, and lost track of the best WR in the league. As a result Johnson ran right behind Sanford and was wide open in the endzone.
Peterson only had 17 rushes, he was running the ball extremely well throughout the first half, but come the second half he was not given the opportunity. Peterson is the best player in the league and we need to have a better ratio of pass to run plays, especially if you are trying to hold of a second half rally. The Vikes 3rd down conversion rating was terrible, they only completed 4 of 14. On fourth and 1 the Vikes gave the ball to Gerhart who was unable to get 1 yard. The offensive line is not getting a push. Even if the Vikes wanted to through deep I don’t think they could because McNabb wouldn’t have the time.
Enough with the negatives on the game, I’m sure you all are still pretty angry with the second half collapse. To get a closer look at the game stats click on link- http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/boxscore?gid=20110925016