THE FRIDAY TICKET
Another 2nd Half collapse by the Vikings
September 18, 2011By Wally Langfellow of Minnesota Score
First and foremost, let's realize something. The 2011 Minnesota Vikings are not a very good football team. As a matter of fact, predictions by a reporter that they would go 8-and-8 this year are exaggerated. This Vikings team will be lucky to win six games.
In Sunday's 24-20 loss to Tampa at the Dome, the Vikings again sprinted out to a big halftime lead...this time it was 17-0. In addition they received the opening kick in the second half. But after a quick three and out, Tampa got the ball and drove it down the Vikings throats, 17-7. Then an onside kick that Tampa recovered. Fortunately for Minnesota that drive ended in an interception near the goal line.
But there was no doubt that when Tampa got the ball in the second half that they had made the proper halftime adjustments and were going to have no trouble moving the ball. They did it to the tune of 24 second half points. The Vikings could manage only a Ryan Longwell field goal and for the second straight week, the Vikings come away losers.
Not many teams recover from an 0-and-2 start to make the playoffs...and this Vikings team will not be an exception to that rule. Leslie Frazier and his coaching staff need to get better at halftime. NFL football is a game of adjustments, and the Vikings are not adjusting.
Donavon McNabb was better this week, but not good enough. Adrian Peterson is the best running back in football, but the Vikes offensive line and receivers need help. They have no downfield threat in their receiving corps (did Bernard Berrian even play today?) and their o-line does not give McNabb a lot of time.
New prediction for 2011...5 wins, 11 losses and a second straight last place finish.