Leslie Frazier met with reporters on Monday for his customary day-after-the-game press conference, and he didn’t shy away from the reality that his team just didn’t do enough to get a win against the Colts on Sunday. It was a frustrating loss for the Vikings because this was a game many expected the Vikings to win despite being on the road and it was a game that featured a spirited comeback by the Vikings after they fell behind early.
“We just didn’t play well enough on the road and clean enough as a team to get a road win,” Frazier explained. “We have to go back and go through the tape with our players and talk through some of those situations and try to get better. We have to get better for our next ball game.”
Frazier went on to explain one of those specific situations where he knows his team must improve – two-minute situations. Offensively, the Vikings are actually tied for the third-most points in the final two minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters (17). But defensively, the Vikings haven’t fared as well.
The Vikings are tied for second-last in the NFL with 21 points allowed in the final 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters. In Week 1, the Jaguars scored a TD late in the 4th quarter to take a lead. In Week 2, the Colts scored a TD at the end of the 1st half to increase their lead to 17-6 and then they drove 45 yards in 23 seconds to kick a game-winning FG.
“We’d like to be better in two-minute,” Frazier said of his defense. “We’re not doing very well right now in two minutes, at two minutes before the half, at two minutes at the end of the game. That’s glaring so we have to do better.”
Frazier also made a good point regarding the specific importance of his team’s performance in two-minute situations, saying he expects his young team to be in a lot of close games. Doing the little things right and executing the game plan in those situations, even at the end of the 1st half, can be the difference between a close win – like the win against Jacksonville – and an excruciating loss – like the loss in Indianapolis.
“The way our team is built, we’re going to play a lot of close games,” Frazier explained. “We’ve talked about that all along with our guys and we have to play good two minute offense, good two minute defense, good red zone defense, good red zone offense. Two minutes, yeah, we have to do better in that area.”
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