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Near-Flawless Brees Propels Saints To 42-20 Win Over Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 18, 2011 – 4:16 pm

Drew Brees is one of the best QBs in the NFL, and the Vikings saw the reasons why first-hand on Sunday at Mall of America Field. Sitting atop the NFC South standings and still in the hunt for the NFC’s #2 playoff seed, the Saints put together a 42-20 victory over the Vikings behind a 412-yard, 5-TD performance from Brees.

The game was not lopsided from the beginning, however, because the Vikings came out looking ready to give the Saints all they could handle. New Orleans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff, but just 3 plays into the drive the Vikings recovered a fumble and were already in scoring range. In what would become a theme of the game for the Vikings, though, the offense couldn’t muster any production and Ryan Longwell came on to salvage a score with a 44-yard FG.

The teams exchanged punts later in the 1st quarter, but on his 3rd trip to the field, Brees started putting the pieces together. He led the Saints on a 10-play, 84-yard scoring drive to take a 7-3 on a 5-yard scoring pass to WR Lance Moore. The Vikings hung tough in the 1st half – Longwell hit a 49-yard FG in the 2nd quarter and Christian Ponder found Toby Gerhart for a 10-yard score later in the quarter – and at halftime the Saints held a 21-13 lead.

Even so, Brees was already 20 of 24 for 247 yards and 3 TDs, and it was apparent that he and the Saints offense were in great position to take advantage of an injury-ravaged Vikings secondary. And it didn’t take long for that negative outcome to unfold, as Brees needed just 4 plays on the Saints first drive of the 3rd quarter to toss his 4th TD of the game, this one to backup TE John Gilmore.

The Vikings offense just couldn’t respond, and after going 3-and-out the Vikings watched Brees and Co. score another TD on a 3-play, 53-yard drive. The TD was a 47-yard pass to Moore, which was the 5th TD pass of the day for Brees. At that point the score was 35-13 in favor of the Saints and the situation looked dire for the Vikings.

There was no improbable comeback in the cards for the Vikings this week. The Vikings offense had only 3 of their 12 drives go over 6 plays, and for the game the Vikings netted just 207 yards and 12 first downs. The Saints, by contrast, totaled 573 yards, were 8 of 11 on 3rd down and picked up 36 first downs. Brees found 9 different targets in the passing game and spread his 5 TD passes out to 4 different receivers. This was Brees line in the post-game box score: 32 of 40 for 412 yards, with 5 TDs and no INTs for a passer rating of 149.2.

New Orleans was also efficient on the ground, rushing for 161 yards on 38 carries (4.2 yards per rush).

The Vikings scored a late TD – another Ponder-to-Gerhart connection – to push their score to 20 points, but a bevy of mistakes by several parts of the offense led to an unproductive day overall. In his return to action from an ankle injury that cost him 3 games, Peterson ran for 60 yards on 10 carries, including a 39-yard dash. Gerhart led the club in receiving with 4 receptions for 46 yards, while Percy Harvin was held in check by the Saints defense (3 receptions, 8 yards).

LBs E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway led the club in tackles, with 11 and 10, respectively. No one was able to sack Drew Brees and in amazing fashion, the play-by-play post-game stats show that the Vikings had just one tackle for loss (E.J. Henderson recorded it).

The loss drops the Vikings to 2-12 on the season, and now they’ll prepare on a short week for a road game against the Washington Redskins on Christmas Eve.


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135 Responses to “Near-Flawless Brees Propels Saints To 42-20 Win Over Vikings”

  1. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    We lost today to the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints, oh and the Packers lose to the vaunted Chiefs, so goes their undefeated season, now that’s funny !!!!

  2. By Shawn on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike Wobschall … why is Adrian Peterson best game this season the one game Sullivan didnt play?

    Sullivan hasnt got Peterson to break 125 but Berger got Peterson 175 … shouldnt Berger get the raise?

  3. By Shawn on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    2011 Minnesota Vikings = NO Talent

  4. By KLAWZ on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    speaking of funny how bout them vikes!

  5. By Shawn on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    whose responsible for destroying this team? Was it Chilly? is it Spielman? why is our OL and Secondary so awfull ?

  6. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    They had a bad year, but Green Bay lost to KC that’s hilarious, so goes your arrogant undefeated season !!!

  7. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Better stick to commercials, mister double discount dancer !!!

  8. By mILITARYvIKING on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    OK, I just want to be the first one to Set things strait prior to anyone trying to bash on Ponder. THE o-line WAS FREAKING TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I counted every time and Ponder never had over 2!!!! count it 2!!!!!!!! Seconds before pressured or hit. NO-ONE, I say NO-ONE!!!!! can play like that!!!!!!! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!!!!!! First 3 Draft picks = O-Linemen, forget DB’s and WR’s. OL Build the LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ponder I am sorry that you have to play behind these Freakin fools!!!!! Don’t lose faith in yourself bro. You will be great and if the Vikes can’t get a O-Line for you then beg for a trade. and prove just how stupid we are.

  9. By martin on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like 3rd overall pick….these two teams could play 100 times and the saints would score 40+ every game…the vikings look like an expansion team…the sad thing is that the saints were not even that much up for this game …

  10. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Given even a little time, Ponder could be very good.

  11. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    If the Vikings and Rams both finish 2-14, the Vikings will have the 2nd qverall pick in the upcomig draft.

  12. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    overall, whoops.

  13. By Pud Grand on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Are there any Vikings fans in Minnesota who are “Real Men? It is very doubtful. The only ones I’ve ever known seemed rather feminine.
    Of course, I’m from Wisconsin, where men are men, and the Packers are defending Super Bowl champions, and still with the best record in the NFL this season…

  14. By Pud Grand on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    The “Real Men” are in my state, where all the tough guys (like me) “back the Pack!”

  15. By Shawn on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Viking where do you get that info? everything Ive seen say vikings get 3rd pick in a tie … ?

  16. By Pud Grand on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, for all you purple puckerheads– Just wait till next year; 0-16!

  17. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Stay on your own blog, Pud, face it you lost !!! Admit you like to go on the Vikings blog, though I can’t understand why,

  18. By Shawn on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    pud is your p3cker blog so pathetic and full of dummies that you have to hang out with us?

  19. By purplehaze1 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Pud Grand on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Are there any Vikings fans in Minnesota who are “Real Men? It is very doubtful. The only ones I’ve ever known seemed rather feminine.
    Of course, I’m from Wisconsin, where men are men, and the Packers are defending Super Bowl champions, and still with the best record in the NFL this season…

    …translation…where men are men and sheep are nervous…GO VIKES!!!

  20. By AdrianPonder on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Packers just kost to the lowly chiefs Pud you fool !!!

  21. By AdrianPonder on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    sorry , I meant lost

  22. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I researched it on all the mock drafts, it has to do with overall strength of schedule.

  23. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    If they both finish 2-14.

  24. By Derrick.G on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Bug Ant, likes a team that was designed to advertise a packing company, hahaham how sorry is that??

  25. By sandiamond on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    forget the Rams, we are now chasing the colts and LUCK lotto…. opportunity of a lifetime in next years draft

  26. By Shawn on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Viking Joe … I understand strength of schedule but sho me a site the few i have seen show the vikings getting the 3rd pick with a 2-14 tie … i hope your right because i want LT Kalil

    But we should of had the toughest schedule … GBx2 … Bearsx2 … Saints

  27. By Diamond on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sorry for all you Frazier lovers but he and his coaching staff are in way over their heads. This is the worst staff in the history of Viking football. I can barely watch this team, they have no desire or heart save a few players. I do not believe that Ponder is the quarterback of the future either. The Viking ownership needs to fire the whole staff and start over by hiring a “name” general manager. Half the present squad needs to go too. The Vikings are years away from being a good team again.

  28. By vikemike on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    The o-line and secondary could be the worst I have ever seen. Shameful!! Need to draft 5 new linemen and 4 new DBs. Ziggy-wipe out the coaching staff and front office as well!!!!!

  29. By Derrick.G on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    i hear rams are probably trading out….

  30. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Well, there was one good outcome in today’s NFL. Packers lost to a sub-average team who kept them to 14 points! All the playoff teams will study that one. It looks very promising the Pack won’t make it to the Superbowl. YEEEE HAAW!!!

  31. By greatirishpotatofamine on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Both our lines just played awful today, can anyone get near drew brees? absolutely zero pressure

  32. By mILITARYvIKING on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I would sell my left nut to GM the Vikings. I would change SOOOOOOO much starting with the OL!!!!!!! You are all fired!!!!! or traded!!!!!!

  33. By greatirishpotatofamine on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    also musgrave is a F%&#$ clown

  34. By YourMama on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Pud don’t you mean, Pack the Back?

  35. By Old School on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    traded………………………………who would want any of these guys!

    I have read were the ownership has given frazier the vote of confidence….

    HOW IS THAT YOU CHEAP BAS#$%^%!??????

    This team is not playing…………………………for him….the fans………THEMSELVES!

    need to start from the top on down! FIRE THEM ALL!

  36. By Old School on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Worst viking team ever!

  37. By Jon on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    There was no improbable comeback this week because you never benched Ponder this time. You guys, literally, are losers. Go Blazers. Give Joe a chance or trade him so someone else can.

  38. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn it won’t let me post the website, just investigate you’ll find that if they are both 2-14, the Vikings get the 2nd pick. I’ll guarantee it. Oh and the Colts are locked in at #1 pick overall, besides I think the Vikings need O-line help more than they need a QB.

  39. By jeff from Alabama on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Percy Harvin doesn’t quit. I love his 28 yd kickoff return – he had to make a mad dash across the endzone to get the kick – then turned on the juice – nearly broke it for a lot more.

  40. By chris on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    derrick g are the lights working at your neighbors house still. hahaha. giving it to her is probally more fun then watching the viks

  41. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    It was again a poor team against a good team. The OLine has very little talent and makes the Sully contract extension a joke. This OLine is the joke of the league. You need to give a QB enough time to get his reads and throw. When I heard on the radio about “Happy Feet” that is the tale tell that the OLine is not doing it’s job. Much worse is that Ponder was giving the OLine a pass on their poor play. If he wants to be the leader of the team he needs to get after his linemen and tell em to block. It’s time to quit pacifying poor players and poor coaching. Fans let em know on that last game when players aren’t doing their job booo them.

  42. By Viking33 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone who had high expectations going into this season was not thinking clearly. We were bad in 2010 and getting worse every game. New coaching staff faced a lock out so no real time to do anything, Enter McNabb who was supposed to be a Veteran who could at least keep things in check was more like pouring gasoline on a fire. Now enter Rookie QB – behind a bad OLine and add in our Defensive backfield going to IR(and the starters were not good to begin with) We never even had a punchers chance this year, we were destined to fail this year. The question is this – what are we going to do about it next year?

  43. By sandiamond on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Colts 1-14
    Vikes 2-13
    Rams 2-13

    two games remaining

  44. By absaroka2 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    W-T-H !! I am ashamed of the worst coaching staff we have ever had-Bar None!! And I Go back a long way to the early 60’s & their birthdate! I never seen so much helter-skelter in a game. Do wish we could get BUD back. I agree with Diamond up above. When the Saint’s pulled Breez, I head for the workshop. How long do we have to put up with this high school stuff? Wake up Mr. Wilf while you still have people that will buy a ticket!

  45. By chris on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    viking 33 probally move the team to la

  46. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Coach Frazier if you want to keep your job. This week when you talk to Ced and he doesn’t want to play send him packing. So these players you mean business and send the worse of them out the door. These last two games have no meaning find players that want to play and dump those that don’t. Clean house or have your house cleaned out for you.

  47. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    oops not so show

  48. By Viking33 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone you wants Webb at QB over Ponder saw what I saw today. Webb had some chances and saw what Ponder saw all day – Saints storming the Castle!! You could have brought Payton in and he would have done nothing as well. The one constant in NFL history you will see, there are no Pro Bowl QB’s behind a bad OLine.

  49. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Coach Frazier time to show Pagac the door Monday Morning and Musgrave at the end of the season. You want to be a stand up guy, but it’s not going to save your job. You need to be thinking about what it takes to win and you don’t have people around you to do that. Clean house or have your house cleaned for you.

  50. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @ Viking33 You are right on both of your comments. No QB can play effectively with an Offensive Line this bad. Put those rookies you have inactive today and make them starters lets see what we have then.

  51. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Old School, take a chill pill. Fire everyone? That is what keeps teams as perpetual losers. Washington did that under an impatient and arrogant Snyder who wanted microwave success, and every year when the team did not perform at a stellar level, he cleaned house. Everyone wanted Chilly gone, but the truth is, we probably would have rebounded from last year and had a .500 year or better this year– continuity is how you build a lasting winner. I think some bloggers have never lived in the real world. You have to fail to win.

  52. By sandiamond on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    oops 1-13
    2-12
    2-12

    still in the luck sweepstakes!

  53. By Viking33 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    How many guys does it take to Block Jared Allen I saw 2 and 3 guys? If Ponder had the time Brees did I am sure he could have done much better than he did today. Brees stood back there again and again – No pass rush from the rest of the line and when we blitzed – Bam Screen pass like they knew it was coming. We all saw the game, I am looking forward to a draft that will help this team.

  54. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Was embarrassing today that our local Fox Network wouldn’t even show the game in Eastern South Dakota. That’s how poor this team is.

  55. By Viking Joe on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    sandiamond
    Colts 1-13
    Rams and Vikings 2-12
    2 games remaining
    I hope the Vikings get the 2nd overall pick, we don’t need a QB, we need O-line help desperately

  56. By sandiamond on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    washington team is improving every week. Not sure we have a chance in 6 days

  57. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    And look at TJack– he actually is doing good– today he had a 94.4 rating and led the Seahawks to a win on the road at Soldier Field! But oh no, everyone is so sure that what they see in front of them is the future. You have to go through adversity and fail to become a winner. Now everyone– get rid of Ponder. GIVE ME A BREAK. Hold on — Ponder will develop– but he is not a bowl of oatmeal in the microwave. Greatness takes time.

  58. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    What is even worse is that a good draft is not going fix this team. There are too many holes to fill. We will need the Wilfs open their pockets to get free agents to fill in those holes too.

  59. By sandiamond on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    No, not saying to draft Luck with the #1 pick. A team like the Browns could give us 4 draft picks in a trade down and we would essentailly control the entire draft next year

  60. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus I will have to disagree with you TJack will have good days and bad days. I don’t think he will ever have enough good games to become the guy. I do like that they beat the bears. Change at coaching sure changed how bad the Chiefs are. Sometimes winning can come from change.

  61. By Viking33 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Things I have taken away from the day so far – I don’t have to hear about the undefeated Packers – Tebow is not God’s son, Brady is – I saw a few Vikes play 60 minutes and show some grit.

  62. By Viking-ology on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    The 2011 Vikings: Shambles,Disarray,Joke, Horrible, Disasterous, Laughable, Un-inspiring, a**-backwards, pathetic display of a hapless team.

  63. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah all those Tebow believers are getting to see what a true NFL quarterback can do.

  64. By Pud Grand on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    We Packer fans (real men) feel so superior when we are around inferiors (Vike fans).
    Yes, Da Pack lost, but it is only one regular season game that will be forgotten by the end of the next Super Bowl, the second NFL Championship in a row for GB.
    MN Vikings team = losers.
    MN Vikings fans = “bush league.”
    We who Back the Pack will enjoying good beer & cheese, and doing the Packer Polka on Super Sunday, while much weeping & wailing will issue from the Land Of 10,000 Lakes, the Gopher State, the North Star State, the Realm of Loons and the State of Hubert H Humphrey, who won exactly as many Presidential Elections as Bud (stuffed-shirt buffoon) Grant won Super Bowls!
    Woof, woof, woof!

  65. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I am also happy the Eagles are taking it to the Jets can’t wait for that blow hard in New York to get the boot.

  66. By Dale Gribble on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    BILL DIG-A-GRAVE’S PLAYBOOK:

  67. By Viking-ology on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I find it very difficult to believe this coaching staff can turn this team around. We have some good players, but we are a team with no direction.

  68. By Rocksalt on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Anymore of your guarantees Titanium?

  69. By Bob on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier and staff must go! They have no clue how to lead this team.

  70. By Viking-ology on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    How can you play as conservative as we did against a team like the Saints. Predictable as ever. Ponder has no chance, and our pass defense surpassed buffoonery today.

  71. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I was suprised when Wobby said that the GM is a good idea.

  72. By Pud Grand on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Next Super Sunday, when we Real Men will be enjoying good beer & cheese, dancing the Packer Polka, and singing “We Are The Champions,” what will the pathetic purple people in the putrid state be saying?
    “Next year!” “They’re a better team than their record indicates!” “The officials are conspiring against us!”
    I am a Packer Backer…

  73. By vikingsfan1955 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Have a question for all the fans that hated t-jack. Can you tell me how he goes to a terrible team and take them to the playoffs the first yr and when you listen to the commentators they say how he’s improving so fast and think he will get so much better. We never gave him a full yr to develope and show what he could do and now we sit lookiing stupid and he’s going into the post season. We have a work in progress and it seems onder really has qa long way to go

  74. By Pud Grand on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    That’s all for tonight, folks!
    Sid Hartman will have a troubled night’s sleep.
    Good evening, gay lovers…

  75. By Viking33 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    The GM is a good idea, there is no denying that. Whatever we do lets play like we are afraid to lose these games and play safe football like we have been doing. I don’t know what I would do if we actually played like we had nothing to lose…..

  76. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @vikingsfan1955 what the heck are you looking at Seahawks are 7-7 and are just barely have a chance a the playoffs. TJack is not very good at all.

  77. By vikingbob136 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Good to see the Bears take it on the chin today.
    The cheese was rotten today in KC.
    Tebow was brought back to earth from his Savior today.
    Come on Rams and Colts! Just win baby

  78. By vikingsfan1955 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @ mike and we are what 2 and 12 and no he’ not great but has shown he can do what we drafted him more the problem is like most qb’s he never got a full yr, Everyone wanted fast results and thats what we have from ponder who has a longer way than t-jack

  79. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    TJack has a good OLine and an outstanding WR and if Rice was healthy he would have had two . Seahawks won that divison last year, so it is a step down.

  80. By vikingsfan1955 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    yes he has a line and decent recievers but he still has to get them the ballwhich he is doing and wait till next yr since now he has a full yr of understanding and play under his belt trust me we will regret that give away

  81. By ohiovikesfan on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    The WORST vikings team i have ever seen !!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Somebody in the vikings organization read this and do it!! Pass this on to zygi wilf!! FIRE rick spielman NOW!! Fire him before the 2012 draft or else he’s going to be the complete ruination of the entire vikings organization, he knows absolutely NOTHING about football or good players. GET RID OF HIM AND THE COORDINATERS TOO!! CUT ALL THE SLACKERS LOOSE AND GET GOOD, TALENTED PLAYERS THAT WANT TO WIN!! RESTORE THE WINNING AND PRIDE TO THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS!! AND PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD UNIFORMS WORN FROM 1996 THRU 2005, the new ones look ridiculous!! bring back the old vikings logo in the end zones too!!! Frazier seems to be way too easy on the players, he just stands on the sidelines completely stagnent, he shows no emotion what so ever….the coach HAS to be tough on the players and let then know who’s in charge or else the players will never respect him or play well for him either!! I can’t believe how horrible the vikings are now, they’ve sunk to an all time low….they need discipline restored!! the people of minnesota and all vikings fans deserve MUCH better, they deserve a great team and a super bowl without any choking in big games, we’re all sick and tired of losing and being laughed at and let down year after year after year!! It;s time for a change in minnesota, time for a winning team!!! C’MON MR. WILF, GET RID OF ALL THE LOSERS AND BRING IN ‘FOOTBALL SMART ‘ PEOPLE AND PLAYERS!! BY THE WAY, PONDER IS NOT THE MAN, YOU SHOULD HAVE DRAFTED RYAN MALLETT, BUT TOO LATE NOW. I CANT BELIEVE (ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHERS) THAT YOU PASSED UP MALLETT FOR PONDER…C’MON VIKINGS, GET IT TOGETHER!!

  82. By Frederick Jones on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    Tarvaris Jackson is a starting quarterback in the NFL!!!

  83. By Frederick Jones on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!!

    N O W !!!

  84. By Derrick.G on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    What the h are you talking about chris?

  85. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred so is Tebow but we will see how long they last.

  86. By Bill on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Whoever said this game had all the makings of an upset is full of sh_t! vikings suck!!!

  87. By Derrick.G on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!

  88. By DrinkHeavyVikingFans on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Man was that F-UGLY..this Vikings team wouldn’t make the American Standard Bowl..I know this team has a severe talent shortage, but c’mon..would they be this bad week in and week out with a coach like Bill Cowher? I mean, these guys ARE pros, aren’t they? As bad as they seem, weren’t these guys the best athletes in their towns/counties growing up? Look, I like Frazier, but I did not want him as hired as head coach – I wanted a known quantity. But now Zig is caught between a rock and a hard place..he’s paying off Chilly’s contract and he’s not about to do the same for Frazier too. So we’re stuck with Les, like him or not. But he needs to make some visible coaching moves now if he wants to keep guys like AP and Jared Allen on his side. Let’s look on the bright side, this disaster of a year is almost over..

  89. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I was thinking if Wilfs hired a GM for the team that doesn’t necessarily mean that Frazier or the current staff would stay. GM’s are given the right to hire or fire as they see fit. It maybe the reason why they are not looking at getting a GM.

  90. By Regfan on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Aaron Rodgers lost his smirk today

  91. By Regfan on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    If they keep this up they probably won’t even air the Local Games,or mention the Vikings in a sportscast

  92. By CanadianVF on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @ Viking 33, nobody ever said Tebow was God’s son and losing a football game doesn’t cause you to lose your deity, take your mindless blather somewhere else. Tebow was not the reason the Broncos lost today. He threw for 125 yards less than one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but ran for almost 100 yards and scored two touchdowns. He is getting better all the time and we will be watching the Denver Broncos in the playoffs unlike our team who will be playing golf or on vacation. If Tebow is going through a sophmore slump I would gladly take it over anything we have on the Vikings right now. I can tell you one thing Tim Tebow would never settle for the lack of competitiveness that you see on the Vikings this year. But go ahead and run him down, the naysayers are always right, he finally lost so now they can bench him and start a real quarterback like Brady Quinn. The last time I checked it is never one person who loses a football game, it is a collective effort of a lot of players not executing and doing their job.

  93. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Regfan Fox in Eastern So Dak showed the Green Bay Chiefs game.

  94. By Erik the Red on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Packers are overrated, and lost to a terrible team, lolololol, anyway, I want the Vikings to get a good draft pick, so they can build on this team. They need to fix the OL and Secondary, which could be achieved through free agency and the draft. Also a solid deep threat at receiver would be nice. Next year Vikes! Gotta look forward to something

  95. By Mike R. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I agree the OL and the secondary need fixed. I really thought the Vikings were gonna draft a TE in later rounds. Instead they took Rudolph. Hmm..ok…a pass catch and run clone of Shiancoe? But they really needed a TE who blocked! I really liked Andre Smith of Va Tech. He is now on Bears PS. He blocked!!! (he is like an OL).

  96. By Mike R. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yeah…he blocked for Tyrod Taylor,Ryan Williams,Darren Evans and David Wilson.

  97. By ac/dcfan on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    fire the head coach, and whoever is coaching (or not coaching) the vikings defense, the vikings have no defense, defense wins games, something is seriously wrong with the vikings management, why can’t the vikings get a good quarterback in the draft like Rogers or Tebow, maybe the management needs to be fired too

  98. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Rudolph was a steal he was predicted to go in the first round but slipped

  99. By repair on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    I havnt been to a game in 2 years. We went today and was it a joke. There is no heart in the team, no heart in the fans, and no heart on this site. The concourse at the dome was not a happy place. Lets get back behind this team for next year and maybe 2 years from now we will be in the playoffs at the new stadium, then on to the super bowl.

  100. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Issue was that MN didn’t know how poor their OL truely was. The shortened season didn’t help the situation. The secondary has been a work in progress for a while. I think Frazier put too much confidence that Cook and Asher Allen would be come top notch players. Cook was coming on this year after a tough start. Allen is spotty at best. Rest of secondary are just fair backups or on special teams. Winfield has been injured now 3 years in a row now. He’s a good player so it’s something the team has accepted.

  101. By C.J F on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    hahaha all of you fans are so ignorant…… unbelievable how unloyal yall are cause they have one bad season.we needed a season like this so we could get 3 really good players in the draft. Just wait till next yr cause yall will be on here praising all the players you doubted this year. If yall are gonna be ignorant than GTFO if i was a player reading these id want to bash all the the fans right in the face

  102. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    It doesn’t mean you are not loyal to point out problems with the team you have been following for over 40yrs. The issues here are the mistakes made this year and how to correct them. A lot of excuses have been made for poor play other that just saying poor play. LT has been week all year. Loadholt has not been keeping up his RT spot either. RG is still unstable and Center is average . I understand picking up McNabb but we needed to cut that string much sooner. McKinney was going down hill quick, but there was no plan in place to replace him. Rice cost too much but no plan to get a Rice type WR in place. Mistakes like that cause fans to complain and doubt the front office decisions. Also doubt the coaching. WE are still true fans.

  103. By Mike R. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    Unloyal??? So I should jump ship and go with the Pack? No.

    As far as Rudolph,a steal? Maybe but I wasn’t sure considering the fact he was nursing an injury during the NFL combine. And the only play they showed over and over again was his great catch and run against Michigan. We need blockers too whether it is TE,OL!!!

  104. By Mike B. on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    LOL maybe CJF that would fire them up to win a game if they read this blog. I would say the same if I was watching them practice or in the blog. I have said it all year and in Monday Mail bag too with my city and state posted. I am not hiding from my opinion. Just as Sid or Paul Allen hide from theirs.

  105. By vikingsfan1955 on Dec 18, 2011 | Reply

    T-Jack is laughing his azz off

  106. By Arrow86 on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Step 1: Why Frazier needs to go. Yes, the secondary has been injury prone. But they weren’t that good game 1, and Frazier picked and coached these guys. THis was suppose to be his area of expertise as a coach.

    Step 2: When your opponent high-lows Jared Allen during garbage time. A move that could possibly end his career. You pull a rookie aside, and offer to pay the fine and suspension, and you take one of their starters off the field in an ambulance.

    Step 3: When the opponent scores, let them dance if they wish. When they run 30 yards to dunk the ball over the goal post in your house, you knock them on their a$$! Send a message, that we may not execute, but we have self-respect.

    Step 4: Ponder is becoming damaged goods. He needs to go back to watching, and it’ll speed his progression. Did Webb play too well last week, and we’re afraid of success? Yes, having the #2 pick looks great, but this is the organization that chose Darrin Nelson over Marcus Allen, so stay tuned in April.

    Step 5: Why was Jared ALlen the only one who could get any pressure at all on Brees? Where did Kevin Williams go this week???

    In summary, OMG-WTF!

  107. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know what team you guys are watching ya the vikings aren’t playin great but they’ve been in almost every game ya they got blown out by the packers and saints but other than that they’ve been in almost every game they just couldn’t seal the deal they’ve lost what 8 to 10 games by less than 7 points. they have a rookie quarterback i understand there o line and d secondary blow but other than that we have a great running back that got injured, a very good d line and good linebackers. if we didnt have a secondary that couldnt stop a varsity football team we would at least have a winning record

  108. By Arrow86 on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    PS: Sully got a 5 year deal. He didn’t even touch anyone, not even the nose tackle lined up over him in the Detroit game. Result: Safety. I’m not that impressed. It seems Notre Dame guys are real attractive to the Vikes. Maybe we’ll get the Minnesota kid who plays wideout for Notre Dame in the draft.

  109. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    repair – you picked a horrible game to go to i love our vikings but did you seriously not think that brees wouldn’t tear up our secondary if you picked that game to go to in 2 years you werent using your head i knew brees would have a field day

  110. By Arrow86 on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Dfizz:

    I waited 9 hours to calm down, or else I’d really let this dis-organization have it. THey’ve known that O-line and secondary is a problem. Little was done to address it. Green Bay has used a 1st round pick last year and this on O-linemen. Being close is another example of why we’re poorly coached, and lack leadership among the players on the field. I highlighted a few issues above that need to be resolved immediately. Team MVP is a 3-way tie between Harvin, J. Allen, and Kluwe. The only Allen’s that should be on this roster next week are Jared on the field, and Paul in the booth. Asher, got injured, but he shouldn’t be playing in this league anyway.

  111. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    ac dc fan – do you not realize how many sacks jared allen has do you even pay attention to what you say the only thing wrong with the vikes d is the secondary

  112. By Mike R. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Arrow86

    are you talking about WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame?

  113. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    How are you going to compare us to the packers everybody said that the packers had the best set up they win the super bowl with half there team injured and barely anyone can do anything because of the disgraceful lockout

  114. By Arrow86 on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    dfizzle: Jared Allen is a remarkable player. Yes, for any sack, you have to have coverage for 2.5 seconds. Jared has made the most of what opportunities he’s had to get a sack. He’s forced fumbles. He’s covered tight ends, and had an interception. All the more reason that when a team is up over 20 points in the 4th quarter on your home field, and they choose to high / low the guy. Someone on the Saints has to pay. If this were the 50’s to early 80’s those guys who did that would have left the stadium in hearses.

  115. By Arrow86 on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Mike R: Yes, I’m not as good with names. He may not even be eligible for the draft. I’m not sure what year he is in school. But he is who I was thinking of.

  116. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I dont understand how all of you can say we have a shortage of talent. theres more than a handful of talented guys on the vikings. they need to make of few changes and theyd be set

  117. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    arrow il admit and i have the vikings secondary is horrible im not gona make excuses because of injurys griffin and winfield are good but there both coming to the end of there careers if we could get a secondary and an o line we would have a winning record if we could stop a pass we would have won atleast a handful of the close games we had

  118. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    T Jack are you serious we gave him plenty of time ponder is better than jackson hes a rookie for cryin out loud he makes bad decisions quite often but did you expect much out of him this year wel c what happens next year but i can bet that he’ll have a better career than jackson, jackson played for the vikes for a while and it never seemed like he knew the plays

  119. By dfizzle4shizzle on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    pud your a moron wisconsin sucks minnesota is much better you do your butt packer polka dance

  120. By Puckertrucker on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    To the Viking Fans:
    We as Fans can no longer place the Blame on the coaches or the Players. The Blame rest Squarely on the Shoulders of The Wilf Family of Vice Presidents and Ziggy Wilf, Mark Wilf. They are the ones that hired Leslie Frazier, and approved his hiring of Pagac, and Musgrave, and the special teams coach and then bringing in D. McNabbwho just kept losing week after week until we were so deep in losses that we couldn’t help ourselves out of that deep hole McNabb put us in.
    All we have listened to all year long is we’ve got to do a better job of coaching, And from Ponder I’ve got to do a better job of handling the ball and stop fumbling, throwing interceptions, and all the rest of the garbage from the Vikings coaches week in and week out. I’m Glad that I don’t live in Minnesota any longer so I can’t buy my season tickets any longer I thought Les Steckel was a bad coach but at least we knew he was bad and we got rid of him. Now if the Wilfs use the excuse of owing Chilly money as the reason for keeping Frazier past this year than The Wilfs get what they deserve and thats a lousy Team. They could turn things around by hiring a good GM and a top notch coaching staff even with the players we have now a good coaching staff could whip them into shape. with a Good GM and coaching Staff they could Draft good plays to help the O-line that leaks like a SIEVE and a D-line and secondary that can’t stop the run and pass plays. And give Jarred Allen some deceient help.

    The one and only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!Skol Fans.

  121. By Puckertrucker on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Pud Packer Grand:
    If you’re from Wisconson where men are real men and the sheep and cows are glad of it, because you are Packer backers, and the sheep and cows know you’re really backer Packers thats why the packers lost today the real men were being held scoreless in the first half against the Chiefs. And the rogers double packerstacker with his sheepish grin as the Chiefs took your teem to the cleaners with a score of 19 to 14 in your road loss. At least when the Vikings lost we scored 17 to 22 and I got a kick out of Rogers little grin in trying to minimize his embarassing loss to the Chiefs. The great Green hope will never live this one down a five and eight team took Rogers and the Pack out.

    The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!Skol Fans.

  122. By DrinkHeavyVikingsFans on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    C’mon everybody..this team has so many holes, from lack of talent, poor coaching/prep, inexperience, poor play, etc you can’t make a determination one way or the other that it’s Ponder, teh OL, the DL, the DS, the GM, coaching. In my mind it’s a miracle that they weren’t blown out more often. I’m 50 this year, so hopefully they can win one SB over the next 35 years or so..hang tight Vikings fans..after 40 years of this, it’s too late to switch now..

  123. By CanadianVF on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    @ Mike R, you will like Rudolph a lot better when Shiancoe leaves for free agency. To everyone who thinks that the draft is going to solve all the problems on this team, I have news for you the weaknesses on this team run much deeper than that. If you do not have a coaching staff with a proven track record of success in the NFL then it will not matter who we draft. This is two train wrecks of a season in a row and on other teams it would be unacceptable. If we are going to head out of mediocrity we need to clean this coaching staff out, admit it was a mistake and go get a Bill Cowher or a Steve Fisher. The problem is we probably could not convince them to come here even if we took a run at them.

  124. By vikingbob136 on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    If you were told your team was going to win 3 or 4 more games than they did last year you would be excited. But 4 wins on top of the 2 we will have this year gets us 5 or maybe 6 next year.I am digging in for a long recovery. 2013 might be the year we turn it around.Might as well draft A Luck at this point

  125. By Viking Joe on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Why are Packer fans so enamored about going onto a Vikings blog ? Don’t they have anything better to do !!! It’s kind of creepy. So much for their arrogant undefeated season !!!

  126. By CA Norwegian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    One of the main summary points of the season, ‘Frazier knows what McNabb is capable of” … and pays him big money (while ignoring the defensive backfield.) The tone of the season was set by comebacks by other teams. Where coaching adjustmenents showed up for only the other guys. Let’s rebuild and not pretend! Frazier is delusional, and slow to react. We need instant adjustments, not infinite patience with failing formulas.
    @pud grand – You give me hope because you’re more pathetic than this vikings’ season. Go forth and do your packin’ with the real men. But don’t forget to take a shower before you blog because you’re very filthy.

  127. By David P on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    THe vikings should lose the last two and get the number 1 and then trade it away for more draft picks. But you know what will happen. These clueless wonders will win their last two just to pi$$ everybody off. This has got to be the worst coached and worst team ever. The owners need to get a clue and clean house.

  128. By vikoholic on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    No way I’m ready to pull the plug on these guys yet. A coach in his first full year and a bunch of great player in there first, second or third year. The Vikes were a play or two away from beating the Chargers, Bucs, Lions (twice), Chiefs, Packers (first game) and Broncos. 1. A good draft, 2. some free agency moves, 3. another year with a lot of our existing guys having a chance to gell and 4. a few more plays breaking our way and this could be a 10-6 team in a year. We’ve all seen teams go from worst to first in a year. If nothing changes next year, blow it up, but I’d hate to completely overhaul the whole franchise now only to have to go through the learning curve from square one next year. I hope the core of this team is back next season with a litte more experience and some key roster additions.

  129. By Vikings60 on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    It is hard to understand how a good defensive backfield player like Frazier can have such a bad defensive backfield as a coach. And doesn’t everyone understand the teams that win have good OL’s and DL’s (which is why the Pack won’t win the SB this year,although Rodgers makes up for a lot). Get some OL help to allow AP to be great and Ponder time to throw and get some DB help so we don’t have to score 40 points to win. If we can at least get AP room to run the games would be worth watching and the defense wouldn’t have to be on the field so much.

  130. By CA Norwegian on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    It shuld not be hard to loose. This team has a nack for loosing in many different ways; I am not sure if loosing the near top draft position will change who is picked. Makes no sense to have patience with poltical hacks they call coaching. Frazier was interrim, then hired head coach and any permanence here will only make this team resemble the old Detroit team more. A sailor should know where the winds are taking him, and also where they have taken him already aboard this Viking ship. Stop decrying starting over. If you’re in high double digit losses, you’re already working from scratch. A worthy coach can win half the close ones. Do not hold out hope for this coaching if we win only one close one, and loose about 12 close ones. Maybe we can scratch up a coach that can win 75% of the close ones. That would be great coaching.

  131. By sandiamond on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Well said Vikings60! I think Frazier knows he will have to personally make changes in the secondary during the offseason. This hugh weakness on the D is a embarassment to his own career. Frazier has already indicated that cedric griffin’s role will be reduced in the future. Also the Coach may feel that he somehow owes the organization a 6th pick next year.

  132. By wezo on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    isn’t ponder a 1st round draft choice.
    I would expect more from him .
    T-jack never had a fair shot point blank.
    Any bad play, he got the blame from coaching , players, & these lost bloggers.
    Farve, & ponder have a bad play, excuse after excuse never their fault.
    ponder is no more than a back up at best.Waste a 1st round draft pick on this weak arm bad decision making rookie. But keep making excuses for him. Where I’m from either you can or you cant no excuses, show ‘em what you got & ponder aint got much of anything after these few weeks of playing.

  133. By CA Norwegian on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @wezo … T-Jack had some time here vs. a weaker division, and with better lineman and receivers than Ponder has had. I think the coaching was better too. They both seem to have good legs at times, and poor eyes. When we had great teams, we had great team defense. When Winfield and Griffin were closer to their prime is when T-jack was failing us. Ponder is getting less than 2 secs. Think back to Kurt Warner looking washed up with the Rams. He gets some protection in Arizona, then gets back to the superbowl by beating the pack! Loosing T-jack and Sidney were smart moves among the many dumb ones. Fly to Seattle if this player is the answer. Gannon was run out of town too, but ended higher up, as you are predicting for T-jack.

  134. By Stoney on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    WEZO, you’re a window licker! To compare T-Jack to Favre is insane. Ponder is a rookie with no real training camp, and the worst O-line the vikes have ever had. You probably should not cut the Prozac in half

  135. By gubber on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Myself and four friends drive to Minnie three times a year from Winnipeg to see the Vikes. Driving home Sunday night we all agreed that unless we see significant change in both personnel and in management’s approach to building a championship calibre team, this will be our last excursion to the twin cities. This has gotten real old and real tired.

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