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Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has to help Christian Ponder find his comfort zone in Week 14.
Final Grade: B
The Minnesota coaching staff had its players ready to go. The Vikings went hard from the beginning and played a phenomenal first quarter.
It was after that quarter where things went downhill.
The defense held its own, with plenty of ups and downs. But the offense needs a lot of help.
Offensively, Bill Musgrave has to get more creative with his play calling on passing plays. The running plays are fine. The offensive line is a very cohesive unit. The aerial attack needs some help.
I'm shocked Minnesota doesn't do any running back screens anymore. Shocked. With Toby Gerhart, Peterson and that line it should be a golden play. More quick slants would be a welcomed addition, too.
Well, the offense put together A DRIVE for a change and the defense held strong when it had to.
The offense needs to get creative somehow on non running plays. The ground game is all Minnesota's offense has. Bill Musgrave: Do more.
The defense bent a whole heap, but it didn't break (when it mattered). That was huge for Minnesota to lock up this victory.
The offense has been as stagnant as I've ever seen it. Bill Musgrave has to find a way to get Kyle Rudolph involved in the short passing game.
And one thing I want to know, whatever happened to the running back screen play? With this offensive line and Adrian Peterson in the open field, that should be a good play.
Defensively, there haven't been much change this half to last. The only difference is that the Bears haven't been executing. They should be closer than 21-7.
The offense is doing a good job of getting the play action involved in the offense. Christian Ponder doesn't look totally comfortable on traditional drops but does on play-action plays. Kudos to Bill Musgrave and Leslie Frazier for making that happen.
It'll be interesting to see how the defense adjusts to the Chicago aerial attack in the second half. Chicago got whatever it wanted in the second quarter through the air.
The Vikings offense came out firing on all cylinders and the defense as some energy about it. The Vikings are ready to play.
It was refreshing to see the Minnesota offense stick with Adrian Peterson after Josh Robinson's interception return to the 5-yard line. Fox analyst Daryl Johnston was clamoring for Minnesota to do something "creative" to catch the Chicago defense off guard.
Johnston obviously didn't watch Minnesota "get creative" against the Green Bay Packers last week inside of the Packers' 10-yard line when Christian Ponder threw an interception. With Minnesota's Offensive line and the best back in the game you stick with Peterson.
Leslie Frazier and Bill Musgrave have to find a way to get Christian Ponder out of his thick funk. They stuck their necks out for him on draft day in 2011, and now it's time to get him to where he needs to be.
Alan Williams has to find a way to fix the hole in Minnesota's run defense, as the Vikings have allowed 100-plus yards rushing in six of the past seven games.
Minnesota has home-field advantage in this one, but it's important that the coaching staff has its team ready to play. Everyone remembers the stinker Minnesota put up at home against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7.
This is for all the marbles for Minnesota. So if the team doesn't show up to play today, then there is a legit reason to call for Frazier's job.