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Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

Posted on: September 25, 2011 6:56 pm
Minnesota blew a second-half lead for the third-straight game (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Vikings had a 20-point lead at halftime -- they had completely shut down the Lions defense while Adrian Peterson had a big impact on offense -- and this time (THIS TIME, dammit!), they weren’t going to blow a big lead.

Already, Minnesota had coughed up a 10-point halftime lead to the Chargers, allowing San Diego 17 unanswered points in the final two quarters in Week 1. And the next week vs. the Buccaneers, they blew a 17-point advantage going into intermission and then let Tampa Bay score 24 points in the second to walk off with a three-point win.

But this time Minnesota was not going to squander its biggest halftime lead of the season. Until, of course, the Vikings did exactly that.

Once again, Minnesota could barely do anything right in the second half, and behind Matthew Stafford (32 of 46, 378 yards, two touchdowns), the combination of Brandon Pettigrew and Calvin Johnson (a combined 18 catches for 220 yards and two touchdowns), and kicker Jason Hanson (4 of 4 on field goals, including a 50-yarder and a game-winning 32-yarder in overtime), the Lions stunned the Vikings 26-23 in overtime.

It wasn’t only a heartbreaking result for the Vikings, whose season is completely unraveling not even a 1/5 of the way through the year. It was a punch to the gut, a slap in the face and a poke in the eye. That’s what happens when your combined second-half score is 64-6.

“I don’t think there was any variation from the first half to the second, other than they scored points and we just couldn’t get off the field,” said LB Chad Greenway, who failed to acknowledge that what he said is, actually, a pretty big variation from one half to the next.

One of the biggest plays of the game that might get lost in the maelstrom of seasickness that surrounds the team was coach Leslie Frazier’s decision to forgo the field goal on fourth and 1 on the Lions 17-yard line and his team leading 20-17 with less than 12 minutes to go. Originally, kicker Ryan Longwell started to run on the field to attempt the field goal, but Peterson waved him away and the offense stayed on the field.

But instead of giving the ball to Peterson (the Vikings $100 million man), McNabb handed the ball to the upback Toby Gerhart, who was stuffed for no gain. Six minutes later, Hanson kicked his 50-yarder to tie the game.

“We made up our minds that we had a good play we could get the first down with,” Frazier said, via Rapid Reporter Joe Oberle. "Based upon what they were doing on defense, we thought we had the play that would be effective for us. It didn’t work out.”

No, it sure didn’t.

Though the Vikings showed some toughness, tying the game at 23-23 later in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, Detroit’s offense made sure Minnesota never got the ball in the extra period.

It was brutal for Minnesota, yet completely expected. So, what now?

“I didn’t think we’d be 0-3 at this point, but I do believe we have the guys on our team that can turn it around,” Frazier said. “I am not ready to throw in the towel.”

Because even if he tried that maneuver, there’s a pretty good chance that the towel would flitter pathetically to the ground once it reached its hallway point.

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Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

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Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:44 am

Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

Of course this isn't all McNabb's fault. It 's the "team's fault. When it's the team's fault the finger has to point to the coaching staff.Period

From Denny Greene, Tice, Childress and now Frazier all rookies with "learning curves".

I'd have loved to see Fox get the HC job in Minnesota or Brian Billick. I've seen no evidence of change in the Viking play from Childress. Perhaps a bit better on defense now that Frazier isn't running it.

I know, I know give him a chance... I'm tired of giving these guys a chance.......

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:08 am

Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

Intern coach made head coach.  What did everyone expect was going to happen?

Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 9:15 pm

Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

The play calling in Minn is bad real bad. My guess Bill Musgrave will be gone shortly. Too much bad press on the use of Harvin and Peterson. Frasier is in a tough spot. Looking at their schedule they could be 1 and 7 or 2 and 6 going into their bye week.

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:50 pm

Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

McNabb(unlike Favre) ran the plays that were dialed up.  I felt like I was watching a pop warner game with all them basic, elementary vanilla plays!!  I mean McNabb would have either QB sneaked it himself or handed the ball to AP I bet my last dollar AP wasn;t thinking about no trick plays he wanted to run it and the way that defense stuffed the middle AP would have bounced out or something and got more yards than 1 you can believe that or had McNabb QB sneaked it he would have dragged somebody with him(I seen it done in the past) People when the game is ont the line a smart Offensive coordinator would know to put the damn ball in the playmakers hands McNabb can make plays, Peterson can make plays, not Toby Gearhart!!....this is a division foe we talking about you don't take no dumb chances like that and that is not McNabb's fault!!!!...the great Vince Lombardi said it best.."So what the defense knows that play they still have to stop it!" the coaching staff need to either  drop their nuts and open the books and get the ball in the playmakers hand and quit with all this vanilla plays they are dialing up I mean geez!!!   Musgrave can you adjust the the plays in the second half to be able to score more points...and Fred Pagac dude you knew the was Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson why did you think playing the same was gonna keep them shut down the whole game why was there no safety help over the top Griffin did a great job keeping up but you know good-n-hell-well at some point Megatron was gonna rise!!...all the respect in the world goes to the Lions PUTTING THE BALL IN THEIR PLAYMAKERS HANDS!! just don't do all that trickery with divisional opponets its a different game than a non divisional opponets...C"MON MAN!! do anyone in the coaching staff know ANYTHING about football?!?!?!!!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:36 pm

Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

Why is it that everytime the Vikings lose a game, all the fingers are pointing at McNabb? The entire team should shoulder the blame, coaches included. In this game in particular, if they would have kick the field goal instead of going on 4th down, they might, could, have won the game so why is that McNabb's fault? He seems to be playing better and better every single week but somehow they kept letting the opponents outscore them in the 2nd half. How come no one seem to be complaining about the defense? 3 weeks in a row you're ahead at halftime and 3 weeks in a row your opponents outscore you in the 2nd half. I think it's pretty obvious the defensive units and it's defensive coaching staff needs to find a way to win and not blame on McNabb everytime they lose.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:01 am

Vikings blow a big halftime lead -- again

I think the Lions and the Bills are for real this year!

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