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Vikings vs Lions: Post Game Breakdown


Joe Webb, Brett Favre

Ford Field was full of C squads today. The crowd was barely engaged (and didn’t fill the stadium). The FOX announcers wore purple, which is the best thing I can say about them. And the Vikings, who played like a team already on their 5 month cushy vacation. And what was with Favre and his #4 cap? He couldn’t be bothered to wear a Vikings cap? Change it out at half-time?

I think like many, I had high expectations of Joe Webb after his performance on Tuesday against the Eagles. In the first half, Joe wasn’t doing himself any favors. He threw an INT, when he could have run for the first down. He overthrew a totally open Lorenzo Booker. He checked down to Peterson leaving no room for him to run. Joe Cool didn’t have a spectacular, or even good, first half, swinging me back to the opinion that we should use our first round pick on a QB. The o-line was decent on pass protection, but couldn’t open up even a sliver of space for Adrian Peterson to run through, leading Frazier to try Toby Gerhart in his stead. Webb took several sacks in the second half. O-Line failure or hanging on to the ball too long? A little of both it seemed.

Leslie Frazier: Future Head Coach was unable to motivate the defensive secondary.

The Vikings defense during the first half was atrocious. They played like a team that didn’t care if a loss would result in the Vikings holding last place in the division for the 1st time since 1984. Frank Walker missed tackle after tackle. He commented about the Timberwolves dancers looking like replacements this week, because he’s a class-act like that. Well, Frank, here’s a little news for you: it would be GREAT if you could even PLAY like a replacement player. Two words: you suck. If Leslie Frazier brings Walker back next year, I will have serious doubts about the Wilf’s choice in our new head coach.

Coming out of half time, the defense was ready to go. Or not. The Lions marched down the field like the Vikings’ defense hadn’t left the locker room. The drive ended with a field goal. Things improved with a delicious pick-6 by Jared Allen in the waning minutes of the 3rd quarter. Allen now has more TDs than Bernard Berrian this season. It was an amazing play that ended in the end zone with his modified non-knee-to-the-turf calf roping celebration. Would it be enough to swing the momentum in the Vikings’ favor?

No. The Vikings could not get it together. Webb missed Percy several times. Frank Walker continued to be one of the worst cornerbacks I have ever seen. A late on-side kick was similarly wasted due to poor execution. The broadcast ended with Favre running alone down a tunnel without congratulating the winning team.

And so ends the incredibly painful 2010 Vikings season. It’s been a long and disheartening one. Here’s hoping for a better 2011 season full of excitement and low on the drama. Skol Vikings Nation!

PS – Just because the season is over doesn’t mean I won’t be blogging. There’s a lot still to cover: the play-offs, the Super Bowl, the CBA negotions, the draft and progress on a new stadium. I’ll be here. I hope you will, too.

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  • Phil

    Several things happened. Webb looked like a rookie. The game plan obviously wasn’t good enough, and the O Line wasn’t good enough to execute if it was good enough. They couldn’t get anything going on the ground. You can’t sustain a drive and you can’t win football games.

    So let’s remember that Webb IS a rookie. We should draft high and see what we can get. I think he should compete for the job, however. He is a talent and we shouldn’t let him go, IMO. I don’t think you can judge whether or not he can be the starter if he’s not getting first team snaps and a training camp. That is: it’s too damn early to judge on Webb.

    On the other hand, that offensive line is desperately in need of revamping. Loadholt? He needs to go. Sullivan? Uh, yeah dude, out. I’m not sure about the others, but let’s see what we can do. The secondary needs help and Pat Williams must go.

    Still, sure, we lost to the Lions, but they’ve been on the up side for a while now. They’re heading in the right direction and we all see it. So let’s quietly eat a little crow, get ourselves some good draft picks and not expect too much next year.

    One thing I can say: I’m glad Favre is done. That montage was annoying and I wanted to punch those third stringer announcers in the face. “We’ll miss you Brett Favre.” Speak for yourself.

    • http://vikesprincess.com VikesPrincess (Lisa)

      I think McKinnie needs to go, along with Loadholt. I call them McCan’t and LoadOfCrap. Sullivan has issues, physically and mentally.

      I can’t really say anything bad about Favre. I’m glad he was here and I will miss him. :) Maybe that’s not a popular assessment anymore, but last year was fantastic and there were moments this season where he shined.

      I appreciate you taking the time to put such great comments on my blog! Thanks Phil.

      • Phil

        Last year was amazing, but I was against bringing him back in the beginning. Just want to throw that out there. Yeah, McKinnie should go, too.

        Favre shouldn’t've come back. That’s all I can say. I mean, just straight up not come back. He was done. We would’ve had a crappy season, but then at least we would have been expecting it.. :P haha.

        And I appreciate your blog: :) So no problem.

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