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The Vikings were once again embarrassed at home by a team that, on paper, should have been very beatable.  The 35-10 beatdown delivered by the Panthers was frustrating to watch and served as a loss of all hope for many Vikings fans this season.  The mess that is the 2013 Minnesota Vikings has so many problems that are so widespread, it is difficult to sift through it all and diagnose any problems, but here are eight things that have stuck out to me through the first five games of the season.  Sorry for focusing solely on the negative, but even hack bloggers need to vent.

1.  Musgrave Is Tripping Over Himself

Bill Musgrave made a Monday Night Countdown appearance on the “C’mon Man” segment thanks to his incredibly undersized play card.  I think ESPN deserves the award, however, as there are about 99 other things that Musgrave should be called out on before the size of his playbook.  For starters, how is it that Adrian Peterson only gets 10 carries against Carolina?  Think about what the acronym “MVP” stands for and then tell me that it is truly, honestly, absolutely possible for an opposing team to neutralize him that quickly and that early in a game.  He’s a true game changer and the Vikings should never stop feeding him the ball.  The team abandoning the run game was magnified by the ineptness of Musgrave’s passing game.

Perhaps even worse is the fact that Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton only saw six snaps all game long.  That’s right, the same Vikings team that had no answer for incoming power blitzes intentionally kept a Pro Bowl caliber blocker on the sideline.  I can’t imagine the reasoning here and it is just the latest example of Musgrave, who had already shown an inability to deal with these types of blitz schemes in the preseason against Buffalo, shooting himself in the foot for no apparent reason.

Anyone ever looking for proof that I don’t have what it takes to be a “real” journalist need not look any further than this post right here.

I am not a talented enough wordsmith to accurately depict the sorrow Adrian Peterson and his family are feeling this evening.  I don’t have any facts regarding his family dynamics and don’t have an ego that requires me to pretend that I do.  I am not heartless enough to talk about how today’s events impact Sunday’s game or #28’s fantasy value, but am also not in a spiteful enough mood to call out those who are (although one of them has been deleted from our Blogroll forever).  I’m not emotionally strong enough to bring up my own experiences growing up, or my views on fatherhood, in an attempt to relate to Adrian and the horrific way in which his son was taken from him.  I also just don’t have any interest in following every “twist and turn” regarding the ongoing investigation.

What I am capable of telling you is that Peterson, someone that never seems to have a bad word uttered about him by anyone, had already endured a lifetime’s worth of tragedy prior to today’s news that his son was taken from this world far, far too early.  I know that his son perished due to alleged abuse, which is unfathomable to think about a two year old having to suffer through, and that the person responsible for this should pay dearly.  Peterson today let us all know that he appreciates the support he has received from everyone, including you fans, and he plans on playing Sunday.

What I also know is that Peterson made a lone request:  that everyone please respect his privacy during this time of grief.  He has done nothing to deserve otherwise and I plan to respect his wishes in whatever way possible, so you may want to visit another site if you are interested in further details about the ongoing investigation.

Adrian, our hearts go out to you and yours during this difficult time.  I hope playing in Sunday’s game provides you with the distraction from life’s hardest of times just as watching you play has done for us fans on so many Sunday’s previous to this week, and will on so many Sunday’s to come.

I encourage all of our visitors to donate, if you can, to Adrian’s “All Day Foundation.”  His foundation has a mission of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse in the home, with a special interest in children and at-risk youth.  For more information you can click here.

 

 Ben Roethlisberger marched the Steelers down to the 6-yard line in the final drive looking to tie the game with a touchdown. With 19 seconds left in the game and the Vikings clinging to a 34-27 lead, Everson Griffen strip-sacked Big Ben and Kevin Williams recovered the ball to seal the first win of the season for Minnesota.

 The 83,518 fans that packed Wimbley Stadium in London saw a hard-fought exciting football game that was full of big plays.

Greg Jennings made two touchdown grabs, Adrian Peterson had two touchdown runs, Matt Cassel was 16 of 25 for 248 yards and no turnovers, and the defensive line lead by Jared Allen’s 2.5 sacks put pressure on Roethlisberger all game.

It’s hard to get excited after just one win in four tries, but the Vikings took five important steps forward:

 A) The defense got the monkey off their back by making a play late in the game to preserve a win.

B) The offense didn’t turn the ball over or make costly mistakes.

C) The offensive line looked more like the O-line from last season.

D) The wide receivers finally found the end zone.

E) The defense was able to consistently put pressure on the QB.

 

 If the Vikings can continue to do those things well… they will be a very difficult team to beat.

 

Today, I fully expect our Vikings to give those of us in our VT Live Chat some hope by thoroughly thumping the Cleveland Browns.

If they do it they will be doing it without the following inactives:  QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, TE Rhett Ellison, S Mistral Raymond, LBGerald Hodges, G Jeff Baca, DT Chase Baker, and DE George Johnson.

The list provides some interesting things to note.

First, Zach Line will get an even bigger opportunity to shine with Jerome Felton serving the final week of his suspension, and Ellison now dealing with an injury.  It wouldn’t be a total shocker to see Line waived when Felton returns, but he might continue to prove himself at the NFL level with a big day lead blocking for Adrian Peterson today.

Also, rookie linebacker Michael Mauti will make his first NFL appearance today after an injury-riddled college career, which is a fun and triumphant storyline to follow as this season wears on.  If he can stay healthy for a full year, then he might end up being a starter for the Vikings in the not-so-distant future, despite his status as a seventh round selection.

Enjoy the game, everybody, I’m looking forward to seeing some clear improvement this week.

Either the Browns or the Vikings will come away with their first win of 2013 on Sunday.  With the announcement that the Browns will start third string quarterback Brian Hoyer and the recent trade of Trent Richardson to Indianapolis, all expectations are the Vikings should not only win, but blow out the woeful Cleveland team at home.

Those that know their Vikings history will be quick to point out that a backup quarterback cannot be underestimated, and speed demon Josh Gordon will return from suspension just in time to play against us, but much of the conversation on Sunday will certainly revolve around the running games of each team.

The Browns shocked everyone by dealing Richardson for the Colts’ first round pick in 2014 and have signed veteran Willis McGahee to take his place.  McGahee was on the street after a knee injury prematurely ended his 2012 season in Denver and led to his eventual release.  The Browns just added McGahee on Thursday, so he will have little time to integrate himself, and the Browns may have to rely on reserves Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey to shoulder a majority of the work against Minnesota.

Behind a talented offensive line that has been underachieving this season the Browns rushing attack certainly gives Vikings fans a reason to expect dominance from the front seven on Sunday.  If this were a game of Madden, which it obviously isn’t, the talent ratings involved in this matchup would be overwhelmingly in the Vikings favor.

On the flip side, Adrian Peterson and the Vikings rushing attack have been underwhelming relative to expectations, and they face a run defense that has proven to be quite solid.  So far this season Peterson has a respectable 193 yards on 44 carries for a 4.4 yard average per carry, but he has averaged a frustratingly low 2.7 yards after his opening carry went for a 78 yard touchdown.  Peterson knows these types of days are not meeting expectations, including his own, and vows to change things this week against the Browns.

“I was worried about the things that I left out there on the field and how much better I could’ve performed,” Peterson told Access Vikings regarding last Sunday’s game.

“[Sunday’s game] is just another reminder,” he said. “You can kind of get out of whack at times, and you’ve got to be able to evaluate yourself and see how you can improve and get back on track. So it’ll be a pretty easy adjustment for me.”

Peterson seems to think getting more physical with defenders, despite the “crown rule” looming this season, is the best way to spark something within this rushing offense.

“Really trying to strike those guys instead of running away from color as much as I did,” he said. “I will be changing that this week.”

If he follows up his words with action, which he usually does, then #28 could be lighting it up this Sunday at the Metrodome.

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