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Tough loss. It's hard to place blame on the team after playing a game they should've won. I find myself frustrated because this team is better than most people give them credit for, but I don't know where we went wrong. Should we have gone for it on 4th and goal? Was our defense out of position when we gave up the go ahead touchdown?
-- Louis L.
There were mistakes made in the final minutes of the game that helped lead to the loss, and we’ll get into one interesting situation in the next question. Without getting into specifics, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier actually shouldered blame for the loss during his post-game press conference for some tactical decisions on defense down the stretch. But I wouldn’t pin Sunday’s loss solely on what happened in the final three minutes. There were plenty of other mistakes made earlier in the game that put the Vikings in the situation they were in later in the game – the
In the game of football, you win and lose as a team. It’s rare when a singular moment or play or player is the cause of a loss. I don’t think there was a lone reason for the Vikings loss. It was a bad confluence of events, and it’s something that’s happened to us far too often at Soldier Field.
I thought Christian Ponder played brilliantly down the stretch for us. But my question to you is: What did you think of the play call on 3rd and goal? We could have gone for the win with a play-action pass or just a normal pass. If nothing was there, just take the sack and no harm done. What are your thoughts on this call?
We have to remember that, particularly when it comes to analyzing play calling, hindsight is always 20-20. If the NFL’s play callers had the benefit of hindsight when making decisions, there would be far fewer mistakes and the outcomes of games would be much different. On top of that, we frequently question play calling while disregarding execution. All plays called are designed to succeed – but not all plays called are executed properly. With that being said, one could argue the Vikings could’ve taken a different approach offensively at the end of the game.
Staked to a three-point lead with a 1st and goal from the Chicago 6 with 4:20 to play in the game, the Vikings essentially had a choice of two paths: 1) Put your foot on their throat by throwing caution to the wind and trying to score a touchdown by any means necessary, or 2) focus on running the clock and forcing the Bears to use their timeouts. To me, being a road team and playing in a building where you rarely win, Option 1 is the most appealing. That’s why I loved the 2nd-down play call, with Ponder throwing to tight end
Ultimately, this kind of Monday morning quarterbacking/play calling isn’t fair to the coaches and players who worked all week to prepare for the game and worked all day on Sunday to try and win. Frazier, Musgrave, Ponder and the rest of the team made the decisions that they thought gave the Vikings the best chance to win at the time. It didn’t work out this week, but I was pleased with the players’ effort during the game.
Although they have given up a ton of points, I believe this is one of the best Vikings defenses we’ve had in a while. They've been a menace in creating turnovers and stopping teams in the red zone.
-- Dustin F.
Very much agree, Dustin. I understand the Vikings have surrendered too many yards, particularly to running backs Reggie Bush and Forte, but we must also recognize that this defense is making plays, and they’re making the kinds of plays the Vikings defense hasn’t made in some time. Interceptions, pass deflections, forced fumbles – the Vikings defense is flying around and making plays in big moments. Following Ponder’s 2nd quarter interception in Detroit last week,
What happened to our offensive line? Last year they were a force to be reckoned with, but this year they can’t stop the pass rush or open any holes for Adrian Peterson. Is
-- Greg S.
There have been some good moments by the offensive line through two games, and I’m thinking of the Vikings 4th-down conversion this past Sunday while running with Peterson behind
Do you think that maybe we are trying too hard at having a receiving threat? I just get the feeling that since we are trying to stretch the field for Adrian Peterson we may be losing our touch at the run game fundamentals. Always a fan of the purple. SKOL!
-- Miah H.
Sioux City, IA
I don’t think the Vikings are erring in their attempt to establish a passing game. In fact, I thought Sunday’s game in Chicago was a good step forward in that effort. It was encouraging to see