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Colts Play Grinch Sunday, Obliterate Vikings’ Postseason Chances

When asked if his team did anything well on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer gave a response that left nothing to the imagination.

“Not that I can think of.”

Zimmer’s comments summed up the Vikings’ performance during their embarrassing 34-6 loss to the Colts in front of a disappointed home crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium. Believe it or not, Minnesota’s final 28-point deficit on Sunday is only their third worst loss since Zimmer was hired in 2014.

From the very start of the game, nothing seemed to go right for the Vikings. The Colts scored on five of their six offensive drives Sunday and Minnesota walked back the locker room after the first half to a chorus of boos from their crestfallen fan base.

The Vikings avalanche of awfulness seemed to really pick up steam on Indianapolis’ second offensive drive of the day. After a ridiculously, uncharacteristic Linval Joseph penalty (still baffled it actually happened) on a Colts field goal try, Indianapolis was able to get in the end zone and increase their lead to 10 points instead of just six.


Two drives later, Minnesota let Indianapolis drive 92-yards down the field for another touchdown and the Vikings found themselves down 17 points with seven minutes still remaining in the first half.

As if the fans at the stadium did not have enough reason to remain in the beer line on Sunday, a fumble and an interception by Minnesota on their final two drives in the second quarter led to the Colts scoring 10 more points and increasing their lead to 27 heading into the half.

In the final two quarters Sunday, not much really changed. But the Vikings did hold Indianapolis to just one touchdown in the second half and Minnesota did avoid a shutout thanks to two Kai Forbath field goals (yay?).

Not sure what happened, but the team that took the field against the Colts did not resemble the Vikings squad that has fought tooth and nail all year to keep their team in the NFC playoff race.

Their postseason chances are not completely gone, but Minnesota absolutely has to win their final two games for the playoffs to become more than just a daydream.

As for Zimmer, he revealed what he will be looking for from his team during the next two weeks.

“I want to find out who’s going to fight because that wasn’t a fighting performance. If they’re not going to fight, they’re going to get their butt out,” the coach said on Sunday after the Vikings’ loss.

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Adam Patrick

Adam has been rooting for the Vikings ever since he saw Randall Cunningham win NFC Special Teams Player of the week in 1997. Since his career sports highlights include 3rd place at 5th Grade Golf Camp and catching a ball during a soccer game (he was not playing goalie), Adam turned to writing. He considers himself a 'Vikings Realist' as he does not shy away from criticizing the purple and gold if necessary. He will not always write about the popular topics, but his goal is to provide readers with content they cannot find anywhere else. Follow him on Twitter @Str8_Cash_Homey

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    1. Hey, there have been some great moments this year!

      (There have also been some horrible ones, though…)

  1. why couldn’t we have made that FG last january? i swear, vikings’ fans are cursed

    well, the season is over, except for trying to beat the cheezers again, and i’m over AD. sure, the injuries and the o-line are the most to blame for this year’s collapse, but he fumbles way too much and now he’s past his prime. he was great at times in his career and i’d like to have him back next year, but only at the right price – one that AD’s ego might not be able to handle. thanks for the memories, AD, you and favre should’ve beaten the saints, that was your super bowl

    if teddy can fully recover, we should trade bradford. this team will play for TB, he’s an excellent leader, and like zim says, he’s a winner. bradford has a better arm, but doesn’t have the intangibles that teddy does. TB’s arm had gotten stronger, and TB scrambles better and makes things happen for this team. imo, sam is just a boy scout who doesn’t inspire his teammates to be better; he’s like a plain jane with big tits

  2. First drive:. Two yard run by Peterson. One yd pass to Peterson. Then needing 7 for a 1st down, one yd pass to Rudolph. They weren’t even trying. That doesn’t even count the punt returnurn by the Colts on the next play..

    1. I feel like this has been the offense almost the entire season – Peterson or not. I, for the life of me, cannot understand the third down attempts shorts of the sticks. Nothing gets me more riled up on Sunday!