What Went Wrong With the Vikings???

michael jordanContributor IDecember 29, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 28:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears in the first half at Soldier Field on December 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Many fans are all asking the same question.  What is happening to the Minnesota Vikings?  After there loss to Carolina, fans were sure that the vikings could pull off a win against the Bears.

Most people say that the reason that the vikings couldn't win against the bears is because the vikings are a dome team and they aren't used to the weather.  Others say its the coach.  Some blame it on the players.Well here are my reasons:

When the game started off, the vikings defense came out with a 3 and out first series and out came the Vikings offense.  Immediately the vikings tried to get the running game going.  But Peterson couldn't get much.  With the offensive line struggling with McKinnie being benched and many were just getting over injuries, the line was not in its top shape.  The line has lots of talent on it such as Phil Loadholt, but Loadholt is young and lacks experience.  If the vikings want a chance in the playoffs, they need to find a way to establish a stable line and a good running game.  With a good running game, the vikings can run play action and keep the defense on their toes.

Another problem with the Vikings is the coaching staff.  They are way too predictable.  They need to try new plays and take a chance now and then. Most teams are having success with the screen plays, and the vikings have one of the fastest players in the NFC (Percy Harvin).  The vikings used the screen once against the bears and got a little ground, but it can improve.

I also believe that the vikings need help in the defense.  With star E.J. Henderson out with a broken leg, Jasper Brinkley really needs to step up and make plays.  Brinkley is a great run stopper and open field tackler but needs work on pass coverage.  Also in the Chicago game, there was a lot of passes that burned the vikings defenders.  With teams like the Saints with Drew Brews, the Vikings secondary is gonna have to show up.

Even with these problems, i still believe that the vikings can make it well into the playoffs.