Welcome back, Vikings fans! As we head into the 2013 NFL season, I know we’re all asking ourselves the age old question… Will the Vikings suck this year?
Things I liked tonight:
- Mike Mayock was nowhere to be found
- Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are not a concern until later in the season
- The Packers got shut out by the Cardinals at Lambeau
- Ben Leber’s shirt
- Mike Maunti’s plays in the goal-line stand
- Blair Walsh
Things that concern me:
- Christian Ponder and his 50% INT rate (yes, I know there were only 2 throws but… he looked in mid-2012 season form, not like he had a bunch of months off to practice).
- Tackling fundamentals (for 3 years running now)
- Coverage gaps – Spielman sounded blasé about the gaps, stating the players were getting “pulled off” by the constant switching of the offense’s direction. Why, yes, Rick. That’s what offenses (*good* ones) DO. Do you really want to be unconcerned by players being duped?
- The absolute lack of effort by the Vikings at the end of the game. Yes. It’s preseason. But those guys are theoretically competing for roster spots and they ended flatter than a pancake. Meanwhile, the Texans kept playing aggressive and focused. I’m going to renew my efforts in calling for Frazier’s head if I see that crap in a regular season game. Let’s just frame it up this way: preseason game or not, Bud Grant would have NEVER allowed the team to stop trying.
Things I hate:
- The Packers. I know that’s redundant because I’m a Vikings fan, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew where I stood with regard to the green and mustard.
- This is seriously going to bother me: someone please explain to me WHY does the Vikings’ new helmet NOT match the new uniform???? Those helmets would have looked delightful with the previous uniform. They should be dark purple. Who approved that???
Next up for the Vikings: The Buffalo Bills. T-Jack won’t be there to greet his former team since Pete Carroll decided to give him another go in June. Pete’s so sweet… but I digress. The game starts at 6 PM CDT so make sure to tune in to see the first moderate action of the starters. Let’s hope that they look solid!
See you after next week’s game, Vikings brethren! Skol!