Statistical Misgivings A Blessing In Disguise?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 16, 2009 – 10:39 am

The Vikings notched their 8th win of the season on Sunday by defeating the Detroit Lions 27-10 and now possess the NFL’s 3rd best record (Indianapolis and New Orleans are 9-0).

But based on a couple of negative statistics and some of head coach Brad Childress’ comments during his postgame press conference, you don’t get the sense that this 8-1 team will be resting on its laurels as they prepare for the Seattle Seahawks this week.

At halftime, the Vikings had 302 net yards and 10 first downs. The Lions had just 125 total yards and were just 1 of 4 on 3rd down. Yet the Vikings led just 10-3.

“We didn’t do a great job of holding onto the football,” Childress said. “I thought we did a great job of moving the football up and down the field but the ball has to come with you. That is incumbent on what you are doing. We had a chance to put some distance in there and not be sweating as you go to the locker room (at halftime).”

The Vikings lost 2 fumbles in the opening 2 quarters, at least one of which took sure points off the board because RB Adrian Peterson was dashing toward the end zone when Lions CB Phillip Buchanon punched the ball from Peterson’s arms and the play resulted in a touchback for Detroit.

But there were other factors that led to lost yardage and points as well. The Vikings were penalized 6 times for 45 yards in the 1st half and 13 times for 91 yards for the whole game. In addition, Minnesota was just 2 for 6 in the red zone on the afternoon.

“The penalty thing is disturbing to me because we are really one of the least penalized teams in the League,” Childress said. “We leaked yardage today and that is disappointing.”

We’ve talked about this a couple of times here on the blog this season, but in light of yesterday’s game and Childress’ comments afterwards, it’s worth mentioning again. Some of those statistical shortcomings could be blessings in disguise.

The Vikings have an impressive 8-1 record, but you can be sure they’ll be working this week like a .500 team trying to dig itself out of a hole.

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15 Responses to “Statistical Misgivings A Blessing In Disguise?”

  1. By Busy Bee Moving on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Ball protection is a area that the vikings must improve, before playoff teams find ways to beat the vikings with turnovers

  2. By Popper on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    In addition to ball protection, too many penalties. Very unusual for the Vikings.
    In the first 3 quarters our Vikings seemed to be unfocused. Need to be better focused and mistake free in the next 7 games to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs. GO VIKINGS AND BRETT FAVRE!!!!

  3. By Busy Bee Moving on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    I agree way to many penalties, including delay of game by the special teams unit and the defense. Berrian needs to be more sure handed, those missed catches have killed drives through out the season. Winfield is dearly missed. Hope to see him return. Harvin is awesome. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR


  4. By Viking Fan from Afar on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings only forced one turnover on the day. It was another win while losing the turnover battle.

    The defense needs to get some interceptions.

  5. By Fogman on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    A good win is a good win. Fortunately it was the Lions. Better teams will exploit the mistakes and it could cost the Vikes some games especially with Chicago, Arizona, and CINCY coming up…..Unusual after a bye week, but nothing that can’t be fixed. Cudos to Brett, AP, Sidney, O-line and D-Line….Secondary has to get better…..Go Vikes.

  6. By Pasi on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Can anyone tell me why on A.P.’s lost fumble there was no “horse collar” penalty called. It appeared as if the defender initially grabbed Petersen’s collar then punched the ball loose and continued to pull him all the way down by the collar. No call or blown call?

  7. By Robert Poelstra on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Where was Shiancoe when we entered the red zone? 2 of 6 in the red zone? Why didn’t we throw into the endzone more? Why did we hand it off to Dugan up the middle down on the one or two yardline.? AP in the backfield, either hand it off or pitch it to him. Touchdown!! Fumbles by AP disappointing, I am sure it bothers him more than any of us realize. I really enjoy PA’s play by play and looking forward to Farve and his receiver connection and the end zone celebrations. Disappointed that we didn’t go for the kill and put them away early. The commish. needs to review that game and rebuke those officals. No way was that a spearing! Love my Vikings!!! If I didn’t like PA’s play by play so much I would have turned the radio off due to Pete B. negativity. Tempted to turn on Chris Meyers and his two side kicks just so I wouldn.t have to listen to Pete. GO VIKES, GO PA!!!

  8. By David on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with you Pasi. That should have been a spot foul horse collar tackle before the fumble occured. Seemed the refs were a little off themselves. Win the next 2 at home and we’ll be fine for playoffs. We beat the Saints at there place last year and didn’t have as explosive an offense as this year. Go Edgar Wildcats and go Vikings!!

  9. By Radzinwisconsin on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    On them short yardage 4th downs pretty soon Favre is going to call his own # and actually move the dam chains. On the Fan line broadcast they said its to much of a injury risk. WTF EVER, U PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!!!!

  10. By 13thEA on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Poor quality video –

    Looks to me like Mr. Ed (from the show) wore a collar just like this one.

  11. By PAVikesFan on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    awesome points by everyone…very questionable play-calling, sometimes the Vikes out-think themselves…we have the best RB in the game, give it to him…that’s 2 instances this year where we had some not so good calls on short yardage situations…The Pittsburgh game when we didn’t give it to him on 2 plays and ended up settling for a FG, the other drive in that game where we scored from goa to goal, we scored when we gave the ball to AP, he’s our bread and butter, give it to him…I’m pleased to hear that Childress wasnt happy with our performance, and he let it be known, he didn’t sugarcoat anything, we def. cant play like this against a solid team

  12. By rap99 on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    FOGMAN, correct, the secondary needs to do something, was to soft. PASI, i was also shocked at the no horse collar call, it looked obvious to me, i also thought the spearing call was a joke.

  13. By Richard on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    Radzinwisconsin, where you been man, good grief, have you not seen Brett run down the field and block guys for his players, plus you are a Wisconsin guy, come on dude, get a grip. This is why “you” are a so-called fan and the Coach is Brad Childress and Brett is the QB, making an additional 16 million. Plus, we are 8 and 1. Hey Radzinwisconsin, look to the l i g h t, sheez.

  14. By Richard on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    I think our biggest weakness is our secondary, we need Winfield back bad…

    Another “challenge” is …personally I expected AP to get more than he is getting. Don’t get me wrong, he exhibits some of the best traits in running backs I have seen, a little Earl Campbell, a little Walter Payton, etc., but I need to see MORE from him, come on OL, help us out.

    You know, it is all about home field throughout the playoffs now, that’s what I want to see, Fasten your seatbelts everybody, it is going to be one he!! of a ride this year. And for those of you that get ‘mental’ about things, reflect on the 49ers game when we all…for a few minutes were ONE.

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