We’ve just arrived back at Winter Park after quick flight home from Green Bay following the tough 28-24 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field. It’s a hard one to take because there were so many opportunities lost – or taken away from us – and we had the ball with a good chance to win it at the end.
Another reason I’m especially loathing this loss is because of all the good things the Vikings did in a tough environment. Adrian Peterson made mincemeat out of Green Bay’s defense, carving them up for 131 yards and a TD on 28 carries plus 41 yards receiving on 2 catches. That adds up to 172 yards on 30 touches (5.7 yards per touch). Percy Harvin displayed his versatility, hauling in 5 receptions for 65 yards while also gaining 41 yards rushing and 1 TD on 3 attempts and tallying 81 kickoff return yards on 3 tries.
WR Randy Moss found the endzone, RB Toby Gerhart had his best performance since being drafted by the Vikings last April, the special teams unit was solid again, the defense held Donald Driver catchless and Green Bay averaged just 3.7 yards per rush.
But it all adds up to a loss. QB Brett Favre, as good as he was in leading the team down the field in the final minutes, had 3 INTs and one of them was returned for a TD. Green Bay scored 14 points off of those 3 INTs and the Vikings had several other opportunities slip through their fingers. TE Visanthe Shiancoe had a TD reception called back after it was challenged, Harvin had 2 TDs taken away from him and I’ve been told by several people that Green Bay’s 2nd-quarter TD should not have counted.
I’m sure we’ll re-hash the game over-and-over again over the next day or so, but the bottom line is the Vikings are a 2-4 football team that must travel to see the New England Patriots next week in what will be another crucial game as the Vikings try to get out of this funk.
I’m heading home to get some rest for now, but I’ll be back in the morning with another edition of the Monday Morning Mailbag and with several other blog entries. It’ll be painful for a while, but we’ll get over this loss and then get on to figuring out how to defeat the Patriots, a team that is playing very well right now and features one of the best head coaches (Bill Belichick) and QBs (Tom Brady) in the NFL.
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