The Vikings rotten 2006 season ended with a loud thud in Metrodome today as the St. Louis Rams won handily, 41-21. It was a day when it looked like the Vikings as a team couldn't wait for the season to end and left their car motors on, waiting to make a quick getaway.
Steven Jackson rushed for three TDs and became the first back to rush for over 100 yards since the middle of the 2005 season. (Warrick Dunn of Atlanta was the last to do it.) This was a game the Vikings were never in, as they down, 24-7 at the half, and it just got worse when the second half started.
St. Louis was up 41-7 early in the 4th, and the Vikings scored two meaningless touchdowns to make the score closer than it was. The Vikings finish at 6-10, and have a lot of work to do this coming off-season. They need lots of help in their secondary, receiving corps and especially at quarterback.
I predicted before the season that the Vikings had a chance to finish 8-8. So much for that.
2006 was without a doubt a disappointing year in Minnesota.
The Giants and Jets both qualified for the playoffs. The Rams win put the Giants in, as they beat Washington the night before, 34-28. They finish with a mediocre 8-8 record, and will face the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. The Jets beat Oakland, 23-3, and will now face the New England Patriots next Saturday or Sunday. (I have not heard a day or time as I write this yet.)
Whenever it is, Professor Thom's should be rocking next weekend.