Another week, another come-from-behind loss for the Minnesota Vikings.
Week 1: Up 10 at half, the Vikings lose to the San Diego Chargers.
Week 2: Up 17 at half, the Vikings lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Week 3: Up 20 at half, the Vikings lose to the Detroit Lions.
Notice a trend?
At some point this becomes about an offense that is afraid to press the ball when they have a lead. Safe playcalling in the second half is part of the problem, but the defense looks like a different unit in the third and fourth quarter for the Vikings.
I'll take this time to call out defensive end Jared Allen. Announcers were all over Allen for his hard play in the closing minutes of regulation when he caused two false start penalties, made a big sack and then a nice open-field tackle. Where was that play in the other 29 minutes of the second half? Allen, and the rest of this defense, need to play with that fire the entire game.