Vikings Suffer Disappointing Loss To Carolina

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 21, 2009 – 7:50 am

The Vikings suffered a disappointing and embarrassing 26-7 loss at Carolina on Sunday night. The loss was discouraging on many levels – QB Brett Favre and the offense never got going, the defense eventually relented in the 2nd half after an admirable performance during the first 2 quarters and a pair of starters were benched during the game for performance reasons.

Adding to the disappointment, though, was the fact that the Vikings had every reason to come out of the locker room at Bank of America Stadium firing on all cylinders. Just a few hours before kickoff in Carolina, the Vikings clinched their 2nd consecutive NFC North title by virtue of Green Bay’s loss at Pittsburgh and on Saturday night the New Orleans Saints fell at home to the Dallas Cowboys to leave open the possibility of the Vikings earning the #1 seed in the NFC.

But instead of seizing the moment, the Vikings issued a flat performance. Sunday night’s loss represents the Vikings 2nd in the last 3 weeks and also marks their 2nd consecutive poor performance in front of a national TV audience.

The loss drops the Vikings to 11-3 and now the Purple is just 1 game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles for the #2 seed in the NFC. This is disappointing because the Vikings entered their game against the Panthers with a chance to cut into the Saints hold on the #1 seed, but now the Vikings must win out to ensure that they can hold their own grip on the #2 seed.

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57 Responses to “Vikings Suffer Disappointing Loss To Carolina”

  1. By HANK on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply


  2. By Tony on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    This is a perfect example of why Childress should not have been given that premature contract extension. His incompetence in leading this team is maked by the high level of talent. I don’t know what happened in that locker room during the half, but it obviously did not work. The team had no energy at all and that is a direct reflection on the Head Coach. When will the Vikings get a coach with some motivational skills ????

  3. By Tony on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    My previos comment should have read; “His incompetence in leading this team is masked by the high level of talent”.

  4. By mark pflager on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    What a terrible game, all the way around. A game with such huge ramifications and they played worse than a pee we team. If they win,1 game behind the Saints for the 1 seed. Now if they lose 1 more and Philly wins out they fall to the 3 seed and play the wild card game instead of having a bye week. You don’t know what team is going to show up rite now. The running game is non existent, the passing game is going the same way, the December swoon seems to be in full effect. The line backer Leber could make a tackle and looked terrible. Not a good replacement. The team as a whole looked soft. Its Childresses job to get them ready for each game, along with the PLay Calling, But its the players job to give the effort on the field. Its just to bad that the team and Childress probably don’t even read this blog. Pathetic performance all the way around.

  5. By Jared on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Yes it was embarrassing but aren’t all losses embarrasing? listen i can say all the negative comments about last nights game but the only thing that would do is just continue the onslaught of “fire childress”. the problem with last nights game was two fold a revved up Julius Peppers (who looked like he was in his second year again) and a flurry of no calls and push offs that Number 89 was pulling all night. what really needs to happen is we need to brush ourselves off hold our head high and give the ball to 28 and 29 the entire game make them try and beat us with 8 men in the box but lets do it with a two back set keep the defense guessing who is gonna run this time…then the big play to 12, 18, 81, and 87. i know its football 101 but it work for the 11 wins that we do have.

  6. By larry on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    This game was lost on a 3rd and 26… That seemed to do them in. You’d expect a pass on 3rd and 26, wouldn’t you?

  7. By HANK on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply


  8. By Brian on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Tony is right. Childress is not a very good coach. Last nights game is a prime example of a coach’s inability to admit bad judgement in a game plan and modify the plan as the game warrents. The problem with last nights game way the inability to block for the run or the pass along with bad coverage and tackling. The bad tackling only became prevelent during the second half. That’s when the defense became dejected. If he could have modified the offensive game plan to compensate for the bad blocking, there might have been a different outcome. By the interviews, it seems like Farve wanted to do just that, but as a good soldier he followed his orders.

    If you seen the pregame, you would have heard Childress say that our goal to to win the Superbowl. To say that at this point is saying that it is a forgone conclusion that we are making it to the Superbowl and overlooking the game at hand. Bad coaching 101.

  9. By David on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I would have to agree with the comments about Brad Childress. This is something that Mewelde Moore commented on when he was traded to the Steelers. He said that Childress attitude was that he shouldn’t have to motivate professional players. The coaching staff as a whole let the organization down all night. How many times did Julius Peppers have to disrupt our offense for them to get help on that side. Bryant Mckinney is a bust! He can’t block any of the top defensive ends in the league. Adrian Peterson has been continually hit in the back field all season. Dropping his average per carry from over 5 yards last year to barely over 3 yards per carry. A direct indication that the offensive line is average at best. Jimmy Johnson once said that penalties are a direct indication of a teams discipline. The Vikings are constantly shooting themselves in the foot with penalties at the wrong time. We beat the Panthers last year with a lesser Minnesota team. Brad Childress and his inability to win big games and quite frankly almost lose them is looks a lot like Dennis Green’s coaching. Bad decisions in big games from the coaching staff. Matt Moore looked like a league leader and hasn’t even started a half dozen games in the NFL. At some point this organization needs to quit hiring unproven coaches and match the talent on the field with a talented proven coach! As the Vikings stand right now they will be out of the playoffs in the first round. Sorry to sound like such a pessimist but I have been a Viking fan since 1968! I’m tired of this!

  10. By andy on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    They are 11-3. Calm down

  11. By David on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Records don’t matter in the playoffs! If you look at the wins the Vikings can’t beat contenders. The playoffs are 1 and done if you don’t win. You can’t go into the post season playing at a 3-11 level!

  12. By PAVikesFan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Great points!…Every loss is not the same. I would say otherwise had we been competitive, but we got blasted. Our schemes are pathetic on both sides of the ball, there’s no trickery or disguise. Our defense is so bland, guys line up in their positions and stay there, there’s no movement at all and we let their QB read us like a book. We got away with it earlier in the year b/c we were getting pressure, but now that we arent getting “ANY”, our bland defense is getting exposed. Tyrell Johnson cant cover air and cant tackle air, losing EJ is HUGE, Jasper Brinkley looked lost at times, gave up a TD on the pa-ss to Hoover and missed countless tackles…Where is Kevin Willimas and Pat Williams, they get no pressure up the middle and then Jared Allen gets shut down by decent tackles, and our blitzes are horrendous…Coach Childress, please, what a joke he made out of the game last night, and with the whole #4 thing. He tried to take out #4 with a 7-6 lead, how can our guys follow this guy?…He has no people skills and has no idea how to handle players, players think he is a joke, which he is. I feel like a Jim Mora rant coming on, “Super Bowl, are u kidding me, Super Bowl? I just hope we can win a game” “That was a disgraceful performance in my opinion” “I mean, who do we think we are, in my opinion that suc-ked”

  13. By unconcerned on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    This is a typical season ending for Favre! I can tell he has lost his accuracy! He should retire and stay there this time.His glory years are behind him.His rating right now is high because Mn doesn’t let him pass the ball like days of old.If they start to pass every game left watch his INT go through the roof.

  14. By David on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    To try and pin this loss on Brett Favre means you didn’t watch the game. You nor anyone else can throw a pass on your back. Take a look at the whole game instead of hating on Brett Favre. He didn’t miss countless tackles, sack himself, let Adrian Peterson constantly get his in the backfield, call unimaginative plays and fail to put pressure on the opposing quarterback. You need to watch the replay!

  15. By NDVikesFAn on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    When the coaching staff is too stubborn/blind to modify a game plan when things aren’t working, we are going to get stinkers like the last two, or the Washington game two years ago when all we had to do was win and we were in, but came out and got bombed. I was astounded when Childress got a contract extension- the Vikings have never won a big game in his 4 years here, and they won’t with him as coach.
    Our entire offensive line needs a benching-not just McKinnie. Other than a few plays against Cincy, when was the last time they blew anyone off of the ball? And every running play is set up the same as it was in Week 1-everyone knows whats coming, so they shoot LB/safeties up in the box to stuff it. Last night-finally after 57 minutes of football they ran a screen pass to AP and actually gave him a chance to make a play. No misdirection, no creating space for runners, no imagination, no playoff win again.

  16. By ibleedpurple on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I have been a loyal VIKING fan for over 40 years. And I have to say I agree. Childress is not a winning coach. He does have a very good team that makes him look good. If we had this team and and a real coach, this disscision would not be happening.

  17. By David on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    No, this was not Favre’s fault. He tried running the ball with AP & he was getting raped in the backfield! Brett was forced 2 throw the ball more & didn’t have an interception till the game was already over. The O line is the reason we lost & they need 2 get it 2gether.

  18. By viking on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    FIRE CHILLI. The whole season everyone is saying it is AP’s team and Favre is a Supporting team member and everyone said if it becomes Favres the team will suck. Well it looks like number 4′s and look we have lost 2 of 3 and the only reason the Vikings bebat the Bengals was because they finaally got AP the ball.

  19. By PAVikesFan on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Totally agree ‘David’ and ‘NDVikesFAn’…teams know when we are running it and our play-calling is abismal. And, true, we havent won a big game in forever, the Packers wild-card game in Jan. of ’05…But, remember in the pre-season when there was reported ‘schism’ in the locke room?, well, it’s funny now b/c our own coach may have created one last night when the guy tried to pull his starting QB while leading 7-6 when he wasnt necessarily the problem…I will say 1 thing, however, and it is the winning cures all…We win this week against CHI, which will be their Super Bowl BTW, then things will be temporarily restored…Although if we cant play on the road, then we will lose to them Bears, count on it if we play like we did yesterday

  20. By chris on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    The offensive line need a reality check because they are not getting the holes open for the best running back in the NFL. Favre tried his best. The team need to pick it up or this will be another disappointment season

  21. By sam.ford50 on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I have been a season ticketholder since 1971 and I would say that last night’s performance will go down with the worst of them. Is there no one on offense line who is hungry. this is the standard end of teh season collapse. This is deja vu. Is there a a left over 1970s water cooler in the locker room they are drinking out of?

  22. By jerry labeau on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    i am a hugh vikings fan but yet again this is what they do BEST——- FALL APART WHEN IT MEANS SOMETHING ! PERIOD!

  23. By Mcboone on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Has anyone noticed that the the Vikings have gotten away from their most successful game plan which was having a good blocking fullback to help open holds for AP. The running game has deteriorated to an embarrasing level and every time we run it’s with a single back (who happens to be the defense’s main focus) so the offisive line is constantly out numbered. Maybe we should have kept Richardson, I’m sure AP misses him.

  24. By NH VIKING on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply


  25. By TK on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Yes, I agree, last night’s game was very disappointing. Night games have never seemed to be good for our Vikes. I noticed Favre on the sidelines trying to talk to Chilly and pointing to notebooks that plays/positioning weren’t working. It didn’t appear that Childress was too interested in listening. Too bad, probably would have made a difference in the outcome of the game. Could we at least change the first two plays of every possession by not always, always, handing off to Peterson. Yes, I agree he is a great player and can make great plays, and we do need our running game, but come on, can we mix up our play calling a little bit and not be so predictable?

  26. By Tro on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    What we need is a center who can block somebody, he gets run over on nearly every play

  27. By dmac32 on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    That loss was truly embarrassing. We looked so bland on offense and defense, but I think it was by design. I’m thinking Chilly is trying not to show too much before the playoffs and, if that’s the case, i don’t agree. You have to play your game. I also think that the fact that we won the division the way we did played into the team wide lack of effort. This didn’t even look like the same team. You have to play smashmouth football in the cold and we got pun-ked last night. Team, we have another cold weather game next week. MAN UP!!!!

  28. By David on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I agree Tro! Why the Vikings went with an undersized center is beyond me.

  29. By Brian on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Same sht different year we get to the playoffs loose pick in the middle of the draft. like a revolving door!!! god help us we got to play the saints down there

  30. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply


  31. By Sean on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Hey, Offensive line, how about showing some “pride” next game and show up!

  32. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply


  33. By DaveM on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings are not a Super Bowl caliber team and last night’s game proved it. By now they should have their act together and take care of the teams that should be won. They will lose the first game of the playoffs and we can be done, another typical Viking season. Just when you think they are doing something special BOOM reality sets in.

  34. By BeeCharmer on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    oooooooooohhhhhh boy, have fun Viking fans…..You’re going down!

  35. By DaveM on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    One more thought, trade the over priced McKinnie! I don’t know why the Vikings gave that idiot a big contract but he is not worth it! TRADE HIM.

  36. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Can’t believe that I’m saying this, but I’m going to say it anyway….if our o-line is going to continue to play like this, then I think the only chance we have is with T-Jack. With him…at least he can scramble for his life, Favre just falls down like he’s been shot. I have seen many sacks that Brett has taken this year that T-Jack could have picked up 10 or 20 yards!

  37. By BeeCharmer on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Problem here is, Favre wants to run the team. It’s all about him. His stats, his wins blah, blah, blah. Just wait until he throws the game losing pick in your playoff game. He’ll break your little hearts. We are very familiar with this drama in Green Bay. He wanted to rule the packers too. They were smart enough to not let him. Have fun! Pack should have won last night. Now, that was a game. Go RODGERS.

  38. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Lastly, playoffs…no home game… no wins! Right now, no way can they beat the Eagles, Saints, Arizona, and this is the worst….I’ll take Greenbay over them! Have not been able to stop the passing game all year.

  39. By BrianC on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    You have to hang most of this loss on the O-Line. Poor blocking, no holes for AP, pressure on Favre on nearly every passing play…I’m impressed he got through the game only throwing 1 Pick, considering all the times he was hurried. The defense put on a good effort, IMO. They held the Panthers to 6 points through 3 quarters of football. And they spent a LOT of that time on the field! Sure, they gave up a lot of plays and points in the 4th, but you could see the spirit and energy just drain out of them, especially the secondary and LBs. If the O-Line had been doing its job, and the Vikes had been putting up points, the defense wouldn’t have been so sapped.

  40. By KenO on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Vikes will brush it off,get up,and move forward. If not,season over and they know it. Watch out Bears and Giants,The Vikes are comming and and let the Playoffs begin!

  41. By Julio on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    EMBARRASSING AND DISAPPOINTING************ Why do you want to go to the playoffs? to show your true colors . Stay home and play some golf,please save yourself from another game like this one and BRAD CHILDRESS you should go back to the pee wee league.

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  44. By Javier de México on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I’m gonna write my comments in spanish, it is better and faster for me: Soy fan de los Vikes desde 1969, ¡un gran año para nostros!, y creo que este año de 2009 y enero de 2010 tenemos uno de los equpos mejor armados de nuestra historia. Pero hay muchas fallas de actitud de los jugadores y de los coaches, de liderazgo. Es muuuuuy decepcionante para los fans de los Vikings de TODO EL MUNDO tener que ver lo que vimos el domingo por la noche. Ahora Brett va a venir para abajo en su rendimiento, y si no hay soporte de los que mandan podemos volver a tenr, UNA VEZ MÁS, un desilusionante final de temporada.

  45. By BrianC on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Mantener la fe, Javier de México! Espero que esta pérdida se despertarán los vikingos. Verán lo duro que necesitas para jugar a ganar! Yo prefiero que consiguen esta alarma ahora! En lugar de durante su primer juego del playoff! Tienen las habilidades (y los cojones) para ganar! Perdón por mi español WEDO pobres.

  46. By Tro on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    BeeCharmer dont be a hater because the vikes beat your soory ass Packers This should be a great motivating game for down the road. Hope to see the fudge Packers again this year. Last night was ugly, but we’ll be alright

  47. By BeeCharmer on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Hope Pack sees you too. I just know the true colors of Brett Favre. Someday the real story will come out about Brett Favre. Also, it will be your team that will have to tell Brett the two words he doesn’t want to hear. “YOUR BENCHED!

  48. By David on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    It’s real funny the selective memory of some fans. Isn’t this the same Brett Favre that won a Super Bowl for Green Bay? Several division titles? MVP awards? Beecharmer has Alzheimers!

  49. By BeeCharmer on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t think so. All you Viking fans that used to be Favre haters now are lovers. Hmm, find that fascinating. Just think, the Jets could care less about Favre. And to think of how he orchstrated his way out of Green Bay and New York. The Jets didn’t even get anything for him. Wow, smart man. He’s cagey

  50. By Brodir on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    Did I miss something?
    Aren’t the Vikings 11-3?

    It sounds like many of you “fans” have already given up on the team.
    And you accuse the players of not trying hard enough…

    We don’t need this negativity.
    The team needs our support and needs to know their fans are behind them.

    The Vikings have the talent and potential to win the Super Bowl this year.
    I believe it and hope the rest of you do too.

  51. By Armon2269 on Dec 21, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings have the talent to win the super bowl, true but it is becoming more and more apparent that they do not have the heart. What is the good of being 11-3 if the red hot Eagles over-take us, or if they don’t and we lose horribly to the 6th seed at home. The Panthers looked like an 11-3 team and we looked like the ones with nothing to play for.

  52. By edgar on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I do agree that brad’s style of coaching and the overall play calling sometimes makes the vikings look soft; i understand the concept of balence, however the vikings are getting away from who they really are which is a running team; the running game must be repaired to set up the play action for bret, i wish we could have seen some more screen’s last night. the offence looked soft last night and blocking was poor, a good week of practice will get us back on point. give brinkley an A for effort, even though he gave up a score. not to worry viking fans, we are still in it. go vikings.

  53. By Nate F. on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I think they should involve Tavaris Jackson a bit more in the games. Possibly a wild cat or a bootleg option. Brett’s the man but when even he can’t get things going throw in your back up. Tavaris should’ve played the second half of the Arizona game and even when the Vikes knew they had no chance against the Panthers (I believe they were up 2 or 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter) they kept Favre in the game. You need your back up to get his feet wet a bit because if favre decides he can’t play in the playoffs or the super bowl you would want Tavaris to be ready!

  54. By Nate F. on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    I also think their play calling is way too traditional. They run on first down with one back (AP) and then they take A P out throw on second. Then Chester Taylor comes in but they only use him to block. They need to keep both of them in at the same time like Miami does with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. They should have percy doing some flea flickers and all types of trick plays because he can throw he can catch and he can run. They need to start destroying teams like they did against the Bengals and the Seahawks

  55. By Nate F. on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Childress did do some good things by getting Percy Harvin, Adrain Peterson, Jared Allen, and of course Brett Favre. But he’s doesn’t have the mentality to drive this team to the superbowl. Minnesota got caught up in the win/lose record. If they were playing like the saints by destroying teams and playing their hearts out then I would understand his extension. The only loss I could accept from the Vikings was the one against Pittsburg. They had a chance to win the game but Chester couldn’t keep it in his gloves. but losses against Carolina And Arizona were just embarassing. I would love to see Favre come back next year and after that call it quits but i truly believe they will make it to the super bowl next year if Favre returns. Hopefully they can focus on their secondary and their offensive line.

  56. By Nate F. on Dec 22, 2009 | Reply

    Everyone go to this link to check the playoff picture

    If the season ended today. Packers and Cardinals would have to face each other to play Minnesota. We already seen what the Cardinals could do to the Vikes. Should we hope for the packs to beat them so we can face them since we already beat them twice? By the way, Arizona and Green Bay face each other for the last game of the season.

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