Adam tells me I’m dramatic. I’m sure he’s got a point… I like to think I’m just passionate. Needless to say,  I was in a foul mood today through the Vikings game. I had a feeling this was going to be a difficult team for the Vikings to beat. The primary indicator that we were in for a rough game was this stat: “The Redskins have lost 8 straight games at home.” If you’re a seasoned Vikings fan, you know what that means… Time for the Vikings to be the team allows the Redskins to break that streak. Isn’t that how it always goes? Doesn’t every team that sets some sort of record or breaks some sort of negative streak do so with the aid of Minnesota? You ever notice those old vintage videos on NFL network of some football great having their career game against…? The Vikings. Anyone else notice this? Surely I can’t be the only one…

I predicted the Vikings would win by a field goal this afternoon. But really, that was just because I’m too much of a Vikings homer to predict my team will lose.

Anyway, the Vikings fall to 4-2 today after losing pretty handily to the Washington Redskins. I’m going to dive into some of the details and annoyances of the game… But here’s a warning: don’t expect too much positivity here today. Maybe that will come later in the week… I’ll be able to be more objective – more rational. Right now, though? Now is the time for irrational, angry venting. So join me please as I further ruin your evening.

This venting session brought to you courtesy of Angry Brett.

The Vikings Can’t Score Touchdowns In The Redzone

The Vikings drove the ball effortlessly in the first quarter. Eff-or-less-ly. Seriously! Adrian Peterson was breaking off huge runs. Everybody was open down field. Ponder had ages to sit in the pocket and find whatever receiver he wanted to grace with the pigskin that particular down. Somebody said on Twitter during the game (I can’t find the tweet now) that you could have gotten a Lay-z-boy for Ponder to sit in behind the offensive line in the first quarter. And it was true . There was no pressure.

But, we couldn’t capitalize. The Vikings had to settle for 9 points from those three trips to the red zone. And, again, if you’re a seasoned Vikings fan you know that not being able to get those crucial touchdowns is a recipe for disaster and will undoubtedly come back to bite us in the butt.

Blair Walsh is awesome in the red zone, no doubt. But I don’t want Blair Walsh to be awesome in the red zone. That’s because I don’t want him on the field when we are within the 20. Stay on the sideline, super kicker… We need touchdowns!

And I can’t tell you what it is yet… It is well understood that it is more difficult to move the ball, and, more specifically, throw the ball, in the red zone. But somehow, someway, we need to make it happen. The team has too many weapons to stall out after flying full-speed down the field.

I will put some of it on Musgrave, though. Today it was like he was a genius before the 20-yard line. And once we crossed that threshold he summoned his inner Brad Childress and just blew it.

Okay, where to next…? Aw, yes. Let’s talk about Percy Harvin and kick returns for a moment.

The Vikings Continue To Have Harvin Return Kicks Regardless Of The Fact That He Is Injured And Is Our Biggest Offensive Weapon

Seriously? Look, I understand that Percy Harvin is the best kick returner in the NFL. I get that… And I understand that when your team is down you are looking for anyway to jump start your squad back into contention. And one of the best ways to do that is to have #12 rocket through the opponents special teams to put six points on the board.

But (and this is a big but) Percy Harvin is by far your biggest offensive weapon right now. And he’s been limping around since the game started. Are we really going to risk not having him the rest of the game just to return kick offs? I really don’t understand it. Am I alone on this one?

If Harvin goes down during the game we essentially have no shot. Yet we’re going to put him out there on kick offs and risk him not being able to contribute the rest of the game? I just don’t get it. I mean, I guess there will be some people out there that say “You play to win the game, not to get injured.” But I’m not saying we should remove Harvin from the game… I’m just saying let’s take some of the load off of him if he’s limping every time he gets up from being tackled so he can potentially continue to contribute the rest of the game on offense.

Seems like common sense to me…

All The Other Infuriating Things

List time:

  • Lame roughing the passer call on Erin Henderson after he pushed RGIII with the force of a new born baby.
  • Secondary can’t tackle after John Lynch proclaimed the Vikings were currently the best tackling squad in football. (Side note: I hate when guys say stuff like this before a game. Just another indicator that we’re about to miss a boatload of tackles.)
  • Ridiculous chop block penalties.
  • Offensive line going to complete crap after the first 16 minutes.
  • Ponder’s floating, inaccurate pass well over the head picked off by……
  • MADIEU WILLIAMS RETURNING A FRIGGIN’ INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! REALLY?!
  • The secondary being effortlessly picked apart by RGIII.
  • The defense not being able to stop the run which set up the play action that allowed RGIII to effortlessly pick apart the secondary.
  • Ponder’s interceptions… I don’t think Ponder had a horrible game but we can all see what happens when the Vikings are down and Christian feels the need to become a gunslinger. I don’t know what happened on the throw to Percy that was picked off by Madieu. I think the ball just got away from him… The fumble/interception where Peterson was blown up on the right wasn’t really his fault. And the interception in the end zone was just a desperation throw. Still, though… that’s 4 interceptions and 1 fumble in the past two games for Ponder.
  • Robert Griffin gashing the defense for a 78-yard touchdown run on third and short when the defense needed to force a fourth down so the offense could get the ball back. Really, though? This guy is near impossible to stop.
  • More costly penalties.
  • Kyle Rudolph dropping the ball.

The Positives

Tricked you. Not today, folks.

The Icing On The Cake

The cake is already dry. It sits in your mouth like dirt and just claws at the walls of your throat as you try and digest it. On top of that, this cake has two revolting, stomach churning layers of icing. Here they are:

Layer #1 – RGIII On The Bench

Guess who’s fantasy team has Robert Griffin III?! Guess who’s team had Robert Griffin III on their bench?! Of course I did! Why would I play the #1 fantasy scorer against the Vikings stout defense a week after he suffered a concussion that left him unable to tell you what state he was in?

Because he scored 34 points, that’s why!

Layer #2 – Vegas

I had a five team ticket that was looking amazing today. With the Giants beating the 49ers and the Patriots looking like they were going to cover against the Seahawks, all I needed was for the Vikings to win and I would be $600 dollars more wealthy. The fact that the Vikings were going to cost me my ticket had me absolutely livid. I usually don’t like to bet on the Vikings because, well, it’s just silly to… But this week, the fact that the Vikings were being given points was just too good to pass up.

Luckily for my television, the Patriots blew it against the Seahawks and I can blame my loss on them. Otherwise, this household would have been one 40-inch Samsung television short for next week’s game.

 

Oh yeah… The Packers are beating the Texans. Have a wonderful night…

-Angry Brett

 

25 COMMENTS

    • Well there you go! That’s one each, grade A certifiable moral victory right there.

      Tonight, we drink wine from the skulls of…no Gerhart fumbles. Skol.

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  1. I feel your pain Brett. Other than having to settle for field goals, the first quarter and a half, we looked like this was going to be easy. I agree about Harvin returning kickoffs. The only thing I hope is thsat it wasn’t a serious injury. I saw a sideline shot of Harvin and he had what looked like a pretty good gash on his knee. So maybe it was just a cut and that’s why they left him in.
    I think most teams are going to have about the same problems we had containing RG3. Doesn’t make me feel any better about that killing 78 yard run but he’ll probably do that again and against better teams.

    And guess who had RG3 on his FF team and TRADED him last week after his concussion?
    At least I got Brady for him. . .
    Houston just scored a TD, so feel better my friend.

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  2. When you kick field goals in the redzone, you lose games. I was livid when they had to settle for fg’s on those first three drives. You score two TD’s there and the Redskins option run crap goes out the window. They kept them in the game early and that killed them. I disagree about Percy returning kicks. As you said, he’s one of the few playmakers we have and returning kicks is an easy way to get the ball in his hands to make a play…especially when your offense goes completely stagnant after early success. This is the type of game that just kills you as a fan. The win in Washington last year caused us to lose that 2nd overall draft pick and a lot of options. You watch RGIII tear it up and Ponder has one of those up and down type performances today…I don’t know, obviously you can’t change the past but losing to this team seems like a step back to me right now. Hopefully they rebound next week and this doesn’t start a big losing streak that could snow ball.

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  3. Its the NFL, guys. Certain matchups, play calls, officials calls, etc. Patriots, Steelers, 49ers, Eagles, all lickin their wounds tonite along with the Vikes. But I’ll say this. If Griffen keeps doing that little fairy dance of his, he’s a goned more than a bandage on his chin.

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  4. (gonna need) Looks like you can add the Texans to that list.

    Our rookies had some rookie moments today. That’s gonna happen. These guys are having a good start to the year, lets not throw them off the boat as a result of today’s game. I’ll say it right now… They’ll beat the Cardinals next week.

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  5. couldn’t watch the game today. learned that we lost on the drive home tonight while listening to the phackers game. baaaarrrrrfff!!!!!

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  6. Vikings didn’t necessarily get out played, they got out coached.

    Shanahan made adjustments to the Vikings D, Musgrave didn’t counter. Why the heck didn’t he try a draw or something to offset the pass rush?

    RGIII – he looked great today. Don’t see him as a long term NFL QB, he’s gonna get killed.

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    • Not so sure about that, Ole. Fourteen Redskin points directly from two turnovers. Pretty hard to do enough coaching to overcome that… and we almost did anyway.

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  7. I had an ex-girlfriend who once left the house to go playing golf with her dad. A couple hours later, she came back in tears because she accidentally line drived a shot and it hit one of those pond ducks in the head, and knocked one of it’s eyeballs almost all of the way out. I guess it was pretty much mostly on it’s way to death, kind of flipping around in circles with an eyeball sort of dangling from it’s head.

    While she was relating this story to me (again, in tears), I got the giggles. She was pissed and distraught, and I couldn’t quit giggling.

    Tonight, we are either the duck, or my ex-girlfriend…I’m not sure which.

    But, with time, we can become an insensitive Tomb and laugh once again.

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    • Was it a hook, a slice, or just poor alignment? Had a buddy with a slice that drove him to tears. Turned out to be a problem with his grip.

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  8. Not all that surprised at this outcome. At the start of the season we would have been quite happy with 4-2 and two winnable games at home coming up.

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    • Have to agree with ya on 4-2 coach. Really can see them beating the Cards and Bucs. It was still tough, but they are going to have growing pains.
      Enjoyed the Cowboys losing to the Ravens…

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  9. It’s hard to win with stupid ass penalties and careless turnovers, especially on the road.Ponder got happy feet and made some really bad throws. Did anyone notice the pisspoor angle that Sanford took on RG111’s76 yard run? Defense looked really confused after the first quarter, didnt they gameplan for RG111 and that option offense?

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  10. I think they gameplanned for the option. I would say they almost seemed overly concerned about it, that’s why there were so many wide open receivers for RG3 to throw too off play action. They did great in the first quarter and after that I thought the d-line had a couple poor plays where they crashed inside and left the outside open. Frankly, if you take the TD run off of RG3’s stats they did a pretty good job containing him, but that run was the killer play of the game so you can’t exactly just brush it aside. I didn’t mind them bringing heat on that play, but it would have been a better idea to bring the 6th guy on a delay so he could have plugged the open whole RG3 was going to run through. If Greenway could have peeled off his block a 1/4 second earlier he’s probably going to stuff RG3 at the line of scrimmage. As for Sanford, he’s done a really great job the last couple weeks making the most out of what he has to work with. He isn’t fast enough to chase down RG3, I’ld put more of the blame there on Cook and Smith. If the offense would have taken care of business in the first quarter the defense would have had a much easier go of it the rest of the way.

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  11. Sometimes you just don’t win. Sometimes you just lose. Sometimes a pond duck gets hit in the dome by a golf ball and dies. Sometimes a linebacker wearing the number 50 commits a dumb ass roughing the passer penalty and kills his team. Sometimes the offensive line looks like they did last year.

    See now, that is some fine analysis!

    Congratulations to Mr. ABV!

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  12. Nine plays in the red zone in the first quarter, only one pass attempt toward the end zone
    That’s what I consider bad coaching.

    Penalties, turnovers, no doubt. But the Vikes could have been up 21-0 in the first quarter then put a cleat on the neck of RGIII, That would be a GRASS cleat Freds.

    I blame the suicidal duck for gettin’ in the way of the golf ball.

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    • OLE I agree but what makes it even worse is of those 9 plays, Harvin doesn’t touch the ball once AND on top of that he was only on the field for 5 of the 9 plays. Also, how does Rudolph not see any of those plays either?? I haven’t gone back to the tape yet, but I believe the targets were to Ellison, Gerhart, Aromashodu, and Carlson? That should never happen, ever!!

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