It was an absolutely awful day for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, as they were simply dominated all day by their archrival Green Bay Packers. It was no contest as the Packers rolled to an easy 34-0 victory at Lambeau Field.
But that's not what concerns Vikings fans today. Late in the contest yesterday, Adrian Peterson left the game with an apparent knee injury, as he was hit by the Packers' Al Harris after making an 11-yard catch. It did not appear to be too severe, as he left the field under his own power. He will have an MRI done today in Minnesota. Hopefully it is nothing worse than a sprain.
The game was broadcast live here in New York yesterday, so I watched most of it. (Fox left the game when Green Bay went up 27-0 for the game in Washington.) The Vikings run defense, the best in the league, was torn to shreds by little-known, former Notre Dame RB Ryan Grant, who became the first back to rush for over 100 yards against the Vikings this season. Brett Favre threw 3 TDS and passed for 351 yards.
The Vikings offense was practically non-existent. Both Tavaris Jackson and Kelly Holmcomb were out injured, so Brooks Bollinger got the start. The entire offense seemed to be running the ball and throwing to the backs, as Bollinger didn't even attempt a pass to a wide receiver for the first three quarters. The Vikings just won't win with any of these guys at QB, and the number one priority this off-season should be getting a quality veteran QB. (Chad Pennington?)
Brad Childress' offense looks very unimaginative, and the defense looked really sluggish yesterday. It looks like the Vikes are about to quit on this season, as they are 3-6 and falling fast. You have to wonder if another 10-loss season might mean the end of Childress' tenure as head coach.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Minnesota Vikings. They're making this a football season to forget.