Minnesota Vikings' Season Is In Jeopardy After an 0-2 Start
Who could have guessed that the season would have started out so poorly for the Vikings?
Losing to the defending Super Bowl champs on their home turf doesn't hurt much, especially when you only lose by five. However, losing by four to the Miami Dolphins at Mall of America Field is just plain wrong.
Heck, it's borderline embarrassing.
What can we say after two weeks? Well, the Vikings receivers can't get open, Brett Favre looks terrible, the offensive line still can't pass-block, the secondary is still epically awful, and most importantly, Brad Childress still can't coach.
The only bright spot to take away from the first two weeks is that Adrian Peterson is back to his old form.
Without Sidney Rice, this offense is about as intimidating as the Care Bears.
When Favre would throw a deep bomb last season, it was always to Rice and there was a 90 percent chance the ball was going to be caught. When Favre tried that on Sunday against the Dolphins, there was a 99 percent chance it would be incomplete or intercepted. Guess which one happened?
It's hard to find a starting point to fix the problems, but the first thing has to be the offensive line.
On three fourth-down conversions, the Vikings failed to get more than a single yard.
I'll come out and say it. There is no way that Naufahu Tahi got that first down on 4th-and-1. From what I saw, he was clearly hit well before the line of scrimmage.
On each of the next three plays, the Vikings ran behind Anthony Herrera and John Sullivan, their two worst offensive lineman.
Again Childress shows his brilliance. He must have been thinking, "I've got a Hall of Fame left guard in Steve Hutchinson and a 6'8" and 340-pound left tackle. There's no way they can pick up one yard. Let's run behind a center who struggles to hit 300 pounds and a right guard who is lucky to even have a starting job."
A second problem: thinking the pass defense will likely fix itself. While they performed admirably the last two weeks, they still struggled.
The solution can probably wait until after the bye week in two weeks when they get Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook back from injury. Another three weeks of practice and healing can only help both cornerbacks.
A third problem—and probably the biggest one—is the play of Brett Favre. Calling his play poor the last two weeks is an understatement. In two games, Favre has four interceptions, one touchdowns, and a fumble lost in the end zone that was recovered by the Dolphins for a touchdown.
Favre should get better with time but, without Rice, he'll have a tough time adjusting quickly.
The Vikings are likely going to be putting in a bid for the services of San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson. However, I'm not sure it would be a very good idea. The Vikings would only give Jackson a one-year deal but if Favre can't develop chemistry with receivers with whom he's spent a full season, how is he going to do that with a receiver who can't even play until Week 5 anyways?
Not only that, but Rice could be back from injury in a few weeks and the offense should be getting back into the groove.
The Vikings would probably have to give up two draft picks to get the services of a receiver who won't play more than 12 games. Draft picks are far too valuable for the Vikings, though. With an aging roster, draft picks are needed more than a slightly above-average receiver for a potentially short period of time.
Is it time to panic yet? Maybe.
Again, it's only Week 2, but if this offense can't get things rolling, teams like the Jets (in Week 5) and Packers (Week 7) are going to obliterate the Vikings.
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