With the Seattle Seahawks winning Sunday, it dashed any slim hope for a Viking playoff push. Not really surprising that the Vikings will not be going to the postseason, at least for this fan. While I, like many fans, was hoping to see the Purple Gang in the playoff for coach Zimmers first season as head coach it just wasn’t in the cards. That was an improbable wish.
Sundays game with the Jets was an exciting game to say the least. The Vikings defense didn’t seem to look as stout as it has in games past. The reason for this was mentioned by the broadcast team. The Jets played the Bills a week prior and the run basically the same defense as the Vikings. This gave the Jets 2 weeks to figure out what would work and what wouldn’t. I think we can all agree that every defensive scheme has it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses. Zimmer also commented about going no huddle early in the first quarter, stating that “many wanted to see him in a no huddle offense”, including me.
During Sunday’s press conference, Zimmer stated that “This franchise is Teddy’s”. I guess you could interpret that the Vikings are all in with Bridgewater. Teddy’s been improving every week. His only turnover was in the last seconds of the first half when he threw a Hail Mary into the end zone and according to Zimmer, the receivers could have did a better job going after the ball. He completed %70 of his passes and threw for over 300 yards.
Right now the Vikings weaknesses are the offensive line and the run game. Many are questioning why Turner is sticking with Matt Asiata when it’s obvious that Ben Tate and Joe Banyard are giving the offense a better ground game. Some speculate it’s because Asiata is better at pass blocking. Pass blocking is something the Vikings need help with. Matt Kalil seems to be mailing it in this year and there have been injuries to key linemen. Kalil is not only digressing as a pass blocker, he is getting called for holding and misconduct penalties that killed drives and almost cost Minnesota the game Sunday.
An 8-8 season isn’t quite the record many of us envisioned at the start of the season, but all things considered, isn’t as bad as we thought it would be.
Odds and Ends
The Gerald Hodges pick six in the first quarter was the fastest defensive touchdown in Vikings history.
Percy Harvin injured his ankle during Sunday’s Jets loss. For some Vikings fans this is no surprise.
Cordarrelle Patterson seems to be in Turners dog house. His kickoff returns seem to have far less effectiveness this year. Some feel next season will be his breakout year because it takes 3 seasons for someone with his raw talent to transform into a reliable receiver. Rumors are that once in Turner dog house, it’s hard to get back into his good graces.
Teddy Bridgewater and Charles Johnson have formed some fun to watch chemistry. It’s reported that Norv Turner thinks Johnson is running elite routes. This could explain why Bridgewater is targeting him with very good results.
The game with the Lions has a new scheduled start time of 4:25 ct. Many feel the reason is Adrian Peterson will be returning to the lineup for this game. I, for one, would be happy to see his return to the Vikings.