There are ugly losses, then there's the Minnesota Vikings' 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers at home. To say this was not a pretty game for the Vikings is an understatement. After instilling some hope with their victory over the Steelers in London, the Vikings needed to come out and prove that last season was not a fluke.
They fell flat.
About the only consolation with this team is the fact it is not the biggest disappointment in the NFL—yet. There are still three teams looking for their first win on the season. The Vikings are one of four playoff teams from last season with a losing record so far in 2013—the others are Houston (2-4), Washington (1-3) and Atlanta (1-4).
All that sugar-coating doesn't help. The Vikings have been tough to watch this season.
With this embarrassing loss, there is plenty of blame to assign on both sides of the ball—there were no bright spots in this game.
With a loss, the best grade any unit can expect is a "C"—after all, that's considered the least passable grade, and there won't be many passing (or running) grades this week.