This morning sipping coffee, waiting for the Vikings noon kickoff with the Lions, I wondered what team would show up today. It didn’t take long for me to get my answer. The Lions took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for an opening drive touchdown that took just under 4 minutes.
The Vikings first possession ended when Glover Quin intercepted Teddy Bridgewater in the end zone. That’s was the best drive of the afternoon for the Vikings. Teddy didn’t have much help from the offensive line all afternoon getting sacked 8 times and hit several times. Teddy finished the day 23 of 37 for 188 yards, but threw 3 interceptions.
After each teams initial drives, both offenses struggled to move the ball. Many of Bridgewater’s passes were either to high or behind the receivers for most of the game. Just a guess, but maybe his ankle was affecting his accuracy.
Then it was tweeted that Greg Coleman reported that the Vikings sideline was emotionless. My thoughts were that the team looked flat. There wasn’t much improvement over the Green Bay game. On offense, the pass and run blocking was terrible, not allowing the offense to get into any sort of rhythm. The receivers were dropping passes that were on target.
Coach Zimmer needs to work some magic and right the ship. There seems to be some sort of conflict in the locker room. The team has no fire or sense of urgency. The clock management in the final 9 minutes of the game was less than stellar. Then someone Tweeted:
Can’t wait to see this team when this staff gets a roster full of their players.
— Dennis (@KramerNineGuy) October 12, 2014
This reminded me of what I had posted myself a month or 2 back stating that us Viking fans need to be patient because it will take coach Zimmer 2-3 years to get the personnel that HE wants on the field. Keep in mind, the majority of the players on the current roster were on the team last year. You can only blame the coaching staff for a poor season for so long, then you have to look at the players.
Final score Detroit 17 – Minnesota 3