Aside from the fact that the Vikings suffered a deflating 21-3 loss to the NY Giants last Monday night, the defense played well as it has been since Leslie Frazier took over as interim head coach.
It may not look like any phase of the Vikings team played well by simply looking at the score, but when we take a deeper look into the game, it’s clear that the defense held its own throughout the contest.
Yes, the defense allowed a season-high 213 rushing yards, but if you take away both Giants RBs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw’s longest runs – 73 and 48, respectively – that number is reduced to 92 yards and 1 less TD since Bradshaw’s 48-yard run in the 3rd quarter was good for a score.
The secondary also played quite well, picking off Giants QB Eli Manning twice in the 1st half. The first INT came on the Giants 3rd play from scrimmage where Vikings CB Frank Walker jumped in front of Giants WR Hakeem Nicks on a seem route down the right hash, picking off Manning’s pass and returning it 10 yards to the NY 34. The turnover resulted in a 31-yard FG by Vikings K Ryan Longwell.
Manning’s second INT came on the Giants 2nd play of the 2nd quarter. Vikings CB Asher Allen established position in front of Giants WR Mario Manningham – who was running a short slant route at midfield – marking Manning’s 11th INT against the Vikings in 5 games. The INT gave the Vikings the ball at their own 41, but they were unable to convert the turnover into points.
To go with the pair of INTs, the Vikings defense allowed Manning to complete a pedestrian 22 of 37 passes (59.5%) for 187 yards and 1 TD. The 59.5 completion percentage was Manning’s 3rd worst of the season. That low completion percentage is a reflection of the Vikings front 4 putting pressure on the Giants QB for much of the game.
Vikings DT Kevin Williams posted a season-high 6 tackles (3 for loss) while DE Jared Allen increased his consecutive games with a sack streak to 5 and now has 9.5 on the season, furthermore establishing his worthiness of a 4th consecutive Pro Bowl nod.
Other positive numbers for the Vikings defense include 6 tackles for a loss for -19 yards while allowing a 23% (3 of 13) 3rd-down efficiency for the Giants.
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WCCO’s Mark Rosen talked with former Viking great Ahmad Rashad on this week’s edition of “Vikings At 50,” which aired on Tuesday night on KFAN AM 1130 and also streamed live on KFAN.com. You can listen to Rashad’s show and others via the FAN On Demand section of KFAN’s website by clicking here.
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On December 20, 1981, the Vikings hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in the final game played at Metropolitan Stadium – the original home of the Vikings for 21 seasons. And 29 years to the day later, the Vikings may be hosting their first game outdoors since that 10-6 loss to end the 1981 season.
In a team issued statement regarding Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears that was released Tuesday afternoon, the Vikings stated that they are “committed to playing Monday night’s game in Minnesota in front of our fans. With Mall of America Field at the Metrodome now unavailable, we have turned our full attention to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.”
As a result of the Mall of America Field roof collapse last Sunday morning due to record-setting snowfall in the Twin Cities area – the 4th collapse in the stadium’s history – the Vikings were forced to relocate their scheduled Week 14 game against the NY Giants to Ford Field on Monday night, and are now faced with another relocation for a game that will feature a celebration of the franchise’s 50 seasons of football.
If this scenario plays out, Vikings fans will be in for a taste (or reminder) of what it’s like to host an outdoor game late in the season in the midst of Minnesota winter weather. Monday night’s forecast calls for borderline sub-zero temperatures with a wind chill of -18 degrees. Wind gusts could reach 21 miles per hour.
As repairs are attended to at Mall of America Field, reported groups of 100 workers, working 4-hour shifts for 16 hours a day, will be digging out TCF Bank Stadium in order to have the stadium ready for Monday night’s game.
With complete cooperation from the University of Minnesota, it seems likely that Monday night’s game will be played at the 50,805-capacity on-campus venue. But nothing has been officially confirmed yet, so we’ll keep you posted with the on-goings right here on vikings.com.
What happened 29 years ago?
– The final points at the old Met were scored on a 33-yard FG by Vikings K Rick Danmeier.
– The last Vikings TD was scored on a 6-yard run by RB Ted Brown against Green Bay on Nov. 29, 1981.
– The 1981 Vikings posted a 5-3 home record (7-9 overall), losing their final 2 games at the Met to the Packers and the Chiefs.
– Game attendance on Dec. 20, 1981 was 41,110 (over 6,000 less than capacity).
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