Forgive Favre: Blame Special Teams, Run Defense for Vikings Loss to Jets
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It will replay through Vikings' fans heads until Sunday afternoon—the interception for a touchdown.
People will consistently try to place the blame on Brett Favre's shoulders, but I will argue until I can't argue anymore that the loss is not his fault.
Our lack of ability to stop the Jets from getting tremendous field position hurt us immensely. New York hardly had to drive the ball in order to put up points on the boards.
As for the run defense, it was horrible, unlike the pattern most of us have come used to seeing week in and week out.
LaDainian Tomlinson was able to burn the Vikings on multiple runs that left us fans in a funk that we weren't able to escape from until late in the third quarter.
The Jets ran for 155 yards on the ground, 94 of them coming from Tomlinson.
Although it's not mentioned in the title, play-calling was ludicrous at times on Monday night.
Minnesota often ran the ball on both 1st and 2nd down, which left the Vikings having to attempt seven or eight yard throws on 3rd down.
The play-calling has become almost predictable for some teams to stop. Although the plays often work well, Minnesota must switch it up if they want to succeed in the future.
I do recall at one point early in the game when I said "screen to Harvin," when he was lined up right next to Randy Moss on the outside. Exactly what I had predicted, happened.
The first half of Monday's game was atrocious for the Vikings. They were absolutely shut down in every aspect of the game. I nearly wanted to flip to another channel at one point.
The game would have likely been much different if Minnesota was able to score at least once before the first half came to a close.
Momentum truly is one of the biggest factors out there. Many don't believe in, but I am one of the few that does.
For all the miscues and lack of productivity, Minnesota had a tremendous chance of winning the ball game late in the fourth quarter.
Had it not been for the foolish interception, the Vikings would likely have continued to drive down the field to kick the game-winning field goal.
But a loss is a loss, a spade is a spade, and that's something I have to unfortunately swallow until the Vikings hit the field this Sunday.
As for the positives, there are surprisingly a few to note.
Adrian Peterson ran for nearly five yards per carry on 18 attempts for 88 yards total. He also hauled in a 20-yard pass.
Percy Harvin and Randy Moss both looked on top of their games tonight. Percy reeled in two touchdowns, one that could make the SportsCenter Top 10.
Moss looked winded at times, but he was still a big contributor that was able to create opportunities for other receivers.
Nonetheless, Moss and Harvin accounted for nine of Minnesota's 14 total receptions.
Minnesota's offense will continue to be even more intriguing once Sidney Rice is able to come back from his hip surgery recovery.
In the meantime, the Vikings must continue to find every possible target they can, and do it often. They can't afford to focus on only one weapon.
From where we stand now, Minnesota's negatives far outweigh the positives, but next week is a whole new story for the Vikings.
The 1-3 Dallas Cowboys will roll into the Metrodome when they face a team that will look to rebound in a big way.
It's amusing to me to know that one of these teams will be 1-4 in one week's time.
Minnesota must continue to focus on Moss learning the playbook in its entirety. He will be a huge part of how good or bad the Vikings do next week.
Also, Cedric Griffin could likely be out next week, if not for the entire season. An update on his injury will most certainly be made at some point on Tuesday.
Continue to hope, Vikings fans. Although we're not down for the count, the sun is not shining the brightest upon us.
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