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Mall Of America Field Not Kind To Ryan Fitzpatrick

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 6, 2010 – 9:50 am

There were sensational developments on offense for the Vikings on Sunday during their game against the Buffalo Bills. Brett Favre was lost early to injury and Tarvaris Jackson filled in, Adrian Peterson ripped off 107 yards and 3 scores on the ground and Sidney Rice looked to be in 2009 form with 2 highlight-caliber TD catches.

But as significant a factor to the outcome of the game as any of that was the performance of the Vikings defense and how it impacted Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Vikings defensive line, and specifically DE Jared Allen, pestered Fitzpatrick all afternoon and forced him into several mistakes.

Fitzpatrick’s stat line looked like this after the game: 15 of 25 for 158 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT for a passer rating of 75.1, sacked once, fumbled 3 times with 2 lost fumbles. You may remember Fitzpatrick struggling in Minnesota because he was the Rams QB in 2005 and didn’t have any more success back then, either. His stat line looked like this after the game: 26 of 45 for 235 yards with 0 TDs and 5 INTs for a passer rating of 32.4, sacked once and fumbled once in a 27-13 loss.

Add those 2 performances up and you’ve got just 1 TD compared to 6 INTs, just a 58.5 completion percentage, 8 total turnovers and an 0-2 record. It’s not fair to judge Fitzpatrick as a QB based on these 2 performances, though. He’s a 5-year veteran out of Harvard who took over starting duties for Buffalo this year after Week 2. Since then he’s had several nice passing performances, including 5 multi-TD outings and 4 games with 250+ yards passing.

The bottom line is playing on the road is tough, regardless of where you’re playing.

“Any time you play on the road they get off a little better, the defense does,” Fitzpatrick explained after the game. “I think it becomes a little bit of an issue but that happens every week you play on the road so it’s not something that is new to us.”

While it is tough to play on the road no matter where you go, the Vikings do benefit from a distinct home-field advantage at Mall of America Field, and Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier will be the first to acknowledge that and in fact point it out.

“Having our fans is a huge lift for our football team,” Frazier said after the game. “We’ve got, in my mind, the best fans in the National Football League and it was on display today. Our players fed off of that energy and particularly our defensive line. It looked so much like the defensive line we’ve all become familiar with here in Minnesota. They did a great job getting off the ball and keeping Buffalo’s offense off guard a little bit.”


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15 Responses to “Mall Of America Field Not Kind To Ryan Fitzpatrick”

  1. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    GREAT GAME BY THE WHOLE TEAM!!!!!

  2. By Robins on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Congratulations to the whole Vikings team on a great win! When you like and respect your coach it makes a big difference obviously. I hope Brett is ok for next Sunday. I hate to see him get hurt. It is great to have Sidney back. Too bad he wasn’t with us the whole year because we would probably be going to the Super Bowl. Adrian is still not fumbling the ball and ran really great Sunday! Great job Vikings! I hope Percy will be ok soon too. Celebrate and win the rest of your games!

  3. By Jake on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    agreed goldvike! great team win. still had some turnover issues though. we cant turn it over 4 times to the giants and expect to win!!! backups played above par I thought. Its a great time of year to be winning!

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Back to back games in which the Vikes played as a team and guess what we won. Keep it up earn Fraizer the HEAD COACH job.

  5. By Bryan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I was at the game yesterday and it was LOUD!!!!

  6. By mr smiff on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    A lot of so-called experts picked the bills to beat us. I guess anyone can be an expert these days…

  7. By VAvikefan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Great job Vikes!! keeps gettin better and better with coach Frazier at the helm…everyone seems more focused and in better spirits on game day. Love the energy and enthusiasm of the Dome!

  8. By Observerfan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Great to see the Vikes working as a Team again,hope the Positive energy carries over to the next game!

  9. By Conner on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Isn’t it great that we have positive news from the hardwork of the team. I really like are new coach, and I have a feeling 53 players in the locker room like Frazier as well. Keep working hard guys!

  10. By paul on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Callifornia Dreaming…

  11. By wisconsinvikesfan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Get lost Paul!!! I loved the game on Sunday. Frazier is the real deal, this organization would be completely foolish to let him slip away.
    Go Vikes!!! Barooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  12. By wisconsinvikesfan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Get lost Paul!!! I loved the game on Sunday. Frazier is the real deal, this organization would be completely foolish to let him slip away.
    Go Vikes!!! Baroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  13. By wisconsinvikesfan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry about the double post. Twitchie fingers.

  14. By paul on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikes are going to go, go to L.A.

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