Buccaneers Beat Up Vikings 36-17

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 25, 2012 – 11:08 pm

The Vikings didn’t play sound football in any phase, Tampa Bay rookie RB Doug Martin had his breakout performance and Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman remained on a roll. It all combined for a disappointing night at Mall of America Field, as the Buccaneers came away with a 36-17 victory over the Vikings on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.

Martin and Freeman paced the Buccaneers offensive attack. Martin, selected 31st overall by Tampa Bay last April, racked up 214 yards of offense (135 rushing, 79 receiving) and 2 TDs against a Vikings defense that was coming off a dominant performance against Arizona a week ago. Freeman, who came into this contest on fire, turned up the heat in Minnesota by passing for 262 yards and 3 TDs. Over the last 3 games, Freeman has thrown for 1,010 yards with a 9-1 TD-INT ratio.

As if battling those two playmakers wasn’t enough, the Vikings defense was constantly forced back onto the field because the Vikings offense couldn’t stay on it. The Buccaneers claimed a 15:30 time of possession advantage over the Vikings, as QB Christian Ponder and Co. failed to get into a rhythm. Their first three drives ended in three-and-outs and then punts, and then they were forced to punt three more times in the second half while they also saw drives end in a fumble, INT and on downs.

Ponder was 19 of 35 for 251 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. He threw a beautifully thrown pass to WR Percy Harvin for the TD, striking from 18 yards out to make the score 13-7 in the middle of the 2nd quarter. The Vikings also scored a TD on the ground, with Adrian Peterson breaking two tackles and then out-sprinting the Buccaneers defense to the end zone for a 64-yard score that introduced thoughts of a late-game comeback.

The late-game comeback was not to be, however, as Freeman put together a cold-blooded drive to open the 4th quarter that put the game out of reach for the Vikings.

Following Peterson’s long TD jaunt, his 3rd rushing score of the season, the Vikings and Buccaneers exchanged two punts a piece. Tampa Bay had a tenuous 30-17 lead with just over a quarter to play, and off the long Peterson run and a rejuvenated Vikings defense the atmosphere at Mall of America Field was such that a comeback seemed to be in the offing. But Freeman dashed those dreams by putting together a 16-play, 87 yard drive that ended in a 1-yard Martin plunge for a TD. The drive included 5 conversions on 3rd down, three of which were for 9 yards or longer and the last of which was the 1-yard TD run.

That made the score 36-17 with just a little over 7 minutes to play. The Vikings drove the ball 66 yards on the ensuing drive, but they were unable to convert a 4th and 7 from the Tampa Bay 19 and ultimately turned the ball over to the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay took a few more minutes off the clock before punting it back to the Vikings. Ponder threw his only INT of the game 4 plays into the next drive, which allowed the Buccaneers to kneel on the ball and run out the rest of the clock.

The win improves Tampa Bay to 3-4 on the season and it’s the first road win since they won here in Minnesota early last season. The loss drops Minnesota to 5-3 on the season and is their first at home of the 2012 campaign. The Vikings will regroup on Friday and this weekend, and then will turn their attention to the Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings and Seahawks will play in Seattle a week from Sunday.

Vikings Leaders
– Peterson had 15 carries for 123 yards and 1 TD. He now holds the Vikings career record for 100-yard rushing games (30) and is also the NFL’s leading rusher with 775 yards.

– Harvin had 7 receptions for 90 yards and 1 TD. He currently leads the NFL in receptions with 70.

– Chad Greenway and Harrison Smith were both credited with 13 tackles to lead the team.

– Jared Allen had the only Vikings sack of the game and now has a sack in six consecutive contests.

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97 Responses to “Buccaneers Beat Up Vikings 36-17”

  1. By Parkway on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hey at least this blog was given an accurate title

  2. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply


  3. By purple08 on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Lets hear all the idiots now…”I called it, I told you so, I knew the Vikings were going to make the playoffs and win 11-12 or 13 games!” Those same guys will be the ones jumping ship and calling for Ponders head and/or a coaching change. HAHAHA. Jackas$es. Relax meatheads. 8-8 will still be a successfull season.

  4. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    purple08- I predicted 6-10 so I’m happy with what we got and have done so far.

  5. By C.J. on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    I am so tired of holding out hope for this franchise. I have been watching for over 25 years now and have had little to cheer about. A good franchise like the Packers( Which I dislike), can go from Favre to Rodgers without skipping a beat. This team has been looking for a decent QB not named Favre forever and can’t seem to find one. Quit teasing your fans. Either get it together or lose big, I’m tired of the b.s.

  6. By I am a "real" Emperor (Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus) on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like Tampa Bay succ.umbed to that devastating travel boo boo’s and were at great disadvantage. Nonsense. The thought they would be at a disadvantage gave the young Vikings team the mistaken belief they would have an easy victory.

  7. By purplerainman on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Clearly the issue is with our Offensive play calling. We do not have the best OC in the business – that’s clear. I think at the very least he should get off the field and see the game from the booth so he can actually see what’s going on. Musgrave…go back to coaching already great QBs (e.g. Matty Ice). Vikes give Martz a call.

  8. By I am a "real" Emperor (Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus) on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    NEVER EVER REPORT such nonsense. With strong logic and critical thinking, I debunked that nonsense.

  9. By Titus the One on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, my name ran away from me and got too long.

  10. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Titus- then it has nothing to do with Tampa’s advantage/disadvantage that come with being on the road, but instead the lack of proper preparation on our part. Thats on the coaching.

  11. By purplerainman on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Get to catch the holiday ribbing again this year from the family in Wisconsin. I’ve almost got my speech down. “Yeah we suck… but we have Allen, Harvin and AP – man”

  12. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    At least the Jets are using Tebow in some way. We are wasting the weapon that is JOE WEBB.

  13. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    purplerainman- dont forget Webb!

  14. By Titus the One on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Grandaddy– EXACTLY. That’s what I argued with Wobbles back and forth– but what is damaging is feeding the team lies that Tampa would be at a disadvantage– many on the younger side of the team probably had in their psyche this would be an easy win– a 2-4 team, at the dome, and traveling on a short week where they will be so sore and tired– NONSENSE. The game is 45% mental, 45% willpower, and 10% physical.

  15. By purplerainman on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Someone get Bradley Johnson on the phone. Tell ‘em the Vikes are down a gun slinger.

  16. By Titus the One on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    I am stepping it up — any reporting on here that does not pass a litmus test of critical thinking will be called out.

  17. By purplerainman on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    It’s been fun guys. Just know it’s all in good fun and that when players cash their checks we’re the furthest from their minds. SKOL Vikes – Good Nite all.

  18. By dee jay born on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is struggling right now,but somehow we got to read and pick up blitzes also.The Bucs LB’s had a red carpet entrance up the middle whenever they wanted.Even 80 year old Ronde Barber came around the outside to cause pressure.The defense was on the field for a while,you can hold an offense down for so long.

  19. By xvike on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    It would take a miracle for the vikings to make it to the playoffs. 8-8 at best now. If they can’t split one with the bears or the packers, then 7-9. Otherwise, they could go downhill from here and finish 5-11. Which ever works as it is an improvement upon last season. Hoping to draft a stud wr in the draft as they desperately need one. Jenkins never was and never will be any kind of down field threat. I don’t think Simpson is a #1 receiver either.

  20. By dee jay born on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Our young CB’s are gonna have to grow up quick(AJ Jefferson & Josh Robinson).Don’t know when Chris Cook is coming back,if at all.The O-Line struggled mightily in passing situations.Teams know the strategy—stack the box for AD & blitz Ponder.If we don’t solve that problem—LONG SEASON.

  21. By jonas on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    i know its not ALL on Bill Musgrave but i hope we have a new OC next year.

  22. By xvike on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    And about those blitzes. Most of the time it was pretty obvious they were going to blitz. They had 8-9 guys stacked up on the line of scrimmage at times…. How can they continually blitz and no one is open???? It’s either ponder isn’t seeing his receivers, or our receivers really suck and can’t get open….

  23. By C.J. on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    For how smart Ponder is supposed to be he doesn’t seem to “get” it. Hardly any progression from him at all. This was an embarassing loss. All week I have been hearing about how good the Vikes are and their top 10 defense….really? Didn’t look at all like that to me. You don’t beat San Fran and lose to Tampa if you are for real.

  24. By Parkway on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Andy Reid 2013!

  25. By xvike on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hey considering that they were stacking the box, AP had a pretty good day running the ball. It’s just we fell to far behind. Bottom line is… Ponder sucks. I dont think he will ever develop into a pro bowl qb. Just a decent qb. I guess most fans and the vikings are fine with that. Other wise, there will be another search for a franchise qb in 3-4 years.

  26. By xvike on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Right on C.J. Unfortunately, many were right that MN’s win over SF was a fluke. I had a hunch that it was but as a vikings fan, i refused to believe so. I for one am sick of hearing about how smart ponder is. If he is so smart, why does he continually make dumb decisions and mistakes?????

  27. By C.J. on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Well put xvike!!!

  28. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Titus the Great!

    With the proper preparation or not it is still a disadvantage for road teams. Players should know this and coaches should expect them to know it. Its obvious their prep was could have been much better. Its on coaches and players.

    But its over we need to focus on Seattle and ways to limit their 12th man. Imagine their pass rash at home, Ours is one of the best in the league… At home.

  29. By PackWhack on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nice job ladies getting blown out in your own house by a team you were favored to beat. It wasn’t even close. Man, Seattle is going to light you guys up then your next four games will be blowouts for sure. Face it. Your QB is not starting material. Sure, you can go on with your list of excuses: “it’s only his second year” or “he played great against SF”, but face it for the sake of respect, dump your QB and your OC. One, two, three, punt and repeat. It’s one thi to lose, but to get blown out like that, that’s just a disgrace to the NFC North. Vikings: get out of the NFC North!

    I was hoping you guys were for real and that we’ll have two great epic games this year, but it’s going to be a no challenge playing you guys and that first game is coming up sooner than you think.

    Carry on, and let’s here a new round of excuses for your QB!

    Can you spell regression?

    Want to see progress, look no further than the Dolphins with their FIRST YEAR QB and he’s showing growth leaps and bounds over your sorry QB that you all make excuses for!

    SOV ( Same Old Vikings )

  30. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    PackWhack Aaron Rodgers is my starting Fantasy QB and Ponder is my backup. Take That.

  31. By Immure on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    GDP 1 – Packer Troll 0

  32. By vikescot on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Wobbly why do let Packwhack on this site and cut REAL VIKING FANS takes!!!! Kinda weird when a true Viking fan tries to get their ideas in and we all have them and you nix em…… Ponder needs to be able to move pocket early to get ball to the edge and will spread out the 8 box set-up… Theyr did this vs 49er’s and itworked… AD up the middle is much to easy to predict and stop!!!! AD still had ok game minus fumble but our deep threat or horizontal spread was no where to be found…. AD on a screen in the flat like D Martin had for Tampa out in the flat spreads the def. out and bang… Get some imagination w/ AD… Love my Vikes but they got SCHOOLED tonight offensively….

  33. By vikescot on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    The screen in the flat to AD is there and will slow down the blitz rush at Ponder….. Our offen needs some imagination to get opponents off AD’s back !!!! Percy swas effective in slot so get AD out there also on sweeps , quick screen in the flat ponder roll out slash bootlegs early and 7-8 in box has to spread out then go Percy or AD off tackle / up middle…G O VIKES !!!!

  34. By vikescot on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    AS above , these are high percentage plays if run right and would be effective at slowing down pass rush givin Ponder time to let things develope down field…..It will get Percy and AD out to the edge where there is fewer 300 lb dudes , more alleys and alot more free space for their quick feet to find the gap…. then whe they have spread out to cover the edge pop Percy and AD up the middle…

  35. By vikescot on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil played terrible tonight!!! He got schooled all night long

  36. By Randy Hill on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Well 5 wins in 2012 was a good year. I only predicted 4.

  37. By Keith031264 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder should get until the bye to get his act together. He cannot handle pressure very well and loses confidence.The line needs to do their job and provide some degree of protection, they were pathetic last night.I don’t think Ponder is a bust, just may need a year or two to come into his own. That said, if Ponder fails to snap out of it, Webb should get a well deserved chance to see what he can do. He at least instills confidence to the offense and has better leadership skills. His passing can’t be worse that what Ponder has provided and is a beast running the ball. I still don’t think he has been treated fairly and the coaching staff should do the right thing for the whole teams psyche and play the best man available, not the annointed one.

  38. By jester skinster on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings @ 4-1 = Fraud….get their a** handed to them by Skins & Bucs. That slide gettin awfully slippery. Hold on tight Titus the Zero

  39. By autobon7 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Keith I agree 100%…..Webb does deserve a chance and he DOES bring confidence and better leadership to the helm. Ponder does try but he just doesn’t have it. As you put it “LETS PLAY THE BEST MAN AVAILABLE, NOT THE ANNOINTED ONE. Perfectly said Keith.

  40. By autobon7 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply


  41. By RealViking on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    @autobon of course he haven’t played but if he was on a team with a smart coach he would be playing because the stater is terrible.

  42. By RealViking on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson looked good last season because he had a better quarterback throwing to him then he does now. I know he’s not accurate but can ponder at least try throwing the deep ball inbounds, give the receiver a chance to make a play. In all my years of watching Vikings football him and t-jack have to be tied for the worst qb’s in franchise history.

  43. By VikingFan95 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    this passing game of ours needs to get fixed ASAP, hopefully the coaches realize that its not going to work the way its going and change something!! i dont think benching ponder is the answer i think more agressive play calling is

  44. By Muskyfever on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder did not play very well thats for sure, but Joe Webb is not the anwser. I like him as an athlete, But I just don’t trust anything that Chili did during his era. I mean c’mon man. He thought Tjack would be the best in the NFL… Not even backup worthy. Joe Webb is not the anwser

  45. By Muskyfever on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    If were going to complain of QB play, DRAFT A NEW ONE! None of this BS about… HMMM maybe we should put webb in? How bout Webb Guys? Why are we not playing Webb?

    Because he can’t throw consistent accurate throws ( I never said Ponder could) I can’t play WR cause he does not have good enough hands to catch it consistently. Can he run.. Darn right he can… BUT THATS ABOUT IT GUYS

  46. By jayber on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta luv to see & hear things unravel with the Purple Pukes!!

  47. By dogbreath on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Somethig tells me you haven’t really watched Webb play.. can’t throw a,consistent passs? Better see a eye doctor. better yet, go stick your head in a fish bowl. soak your brain.

  48. By Rush on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Here is our offense 1st down screen pass probably incomplete, 2nd down hand the ball off to AP 4 yds 3rd down pass for 3-4 yds Punt!!! our MVP’s are our punter and filed goal kicker!!! ponder looked like a deer in the headlights on the side line!!! enjoy those 5 wins cuz it is over now!!! I say 1-7 in the next 8 games!!

  49. By Bigfan1 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll never understand the inconsistency in football, disgusting.

  50. By BlueBird7 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Vikings should start looking for a new punter. Kluwe appears not able to punt more then 20-30 yards.

  51. By vikess86 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    the game last night was a waste of time. When ap fumbled it was all down hill from there. He got too fancy trying to spin. And ponder really sucked. any defense knows that as soon as he snaps he will automatically throw to his right. Please replace musgrave. bring back dennis green or somebody. The defense could have played better but they couldn’t get off the field. They are a young team. true and there werent many expectations. true but they gotta stop making excuses and step up. MIx it up. I am not saying start webb. but at least put him in on some plays. Use the running attack like RG3 and the redskins used on us.

  52. By Troutdaddy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Got to admit that Ponder is just not doing well the last 3 games. He is making some really bad decisions with the football and got really lucky against the Cardinals. What I also noticed is that our O-Line did not help him much against the Bucs. He was presured all night and he is not consistent under pressure like that. I thought this O-Line was so improved after watching the first 5 games, but last night I was seeing some winded folks out there trying to keep up. Not what I expected at all. Cook is again showing his true colors… Brittle and no impact. I have been patient in hopes of his abilities and now it is a moot point. Hats off to Peterson and Harvin for carrying much of the work-load again. Whenever Musgrave starts to mix things up is where we are going to see progress. Until he gets more people involved in the offense, then we are going to see a predictable offense. I think we have a tough road ahead of us the second half and I truly hope we have some answers. Also I really wish that all of the Webb-worshipers would just shut up and let Ponder grow. Ponder is still the QB and yes he has struggled the last little while, but he is learning and going to develop with these struggles. Webb is not playing, period. Get over it and give Ponder a chance to put it together. I am Still bleeding purple, but OUCH- last night was painful…

  53. By vikess86 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    they need to do something. mixing it up having both qb’s in the game wouldn’t hurt a bit. Can’t knock it to it is tried. i have seen the good of ponder i.e. san fran. but i a have also seen the worst of ponder. the past three games. I am not wanting to give up on the kid. But it really wouldnt hurt to mix the two together. you see in some of the games we played last year we had some success. although we gave most of them away.

  54. By Tim S on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    I love when Ponder plays like that. The more he plays like that hopefully the less time ill have to watch him lead our team to the dirt. Okay yeah, he makes some good throws EVERY ONCE in a while…but 90% of the time has no idea what hes doing. Vikings fans see a couple good plays out of him and then are right back on the Ponder train. He’s a bust. Not too mention Hes no better than the first round pick bench rider QB’s in this league. Thank god we have our own version of Colt Mccoy. C’mon now. I don’t care who our OC is. with Ponder under center we will never have a passing offense. Wasting our draft picks on a explosive receiver will not make Ponder ANY better. Read A Book.

  55. By jermaine on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    never will believe in ponder never did since his 5 yrs n Florida state yrs

  56. By missed the boat on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Pondes new name is “3 and out”

  57. By missed the boat on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply


  58. By meswant on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin & AP can not do it all. The other recievers need to step up. With the recievers struggling against all coverages, I do not understand why the Vikings do not try the other recievers to see if it will give them a boost. Ponder needs to stop forcing the ball & take what the defenses give him. There were many times the check down was wide open & he would try to force it down the field. A few yards are better than no yards or even worse – an int!!!! The o-line does need to step up & protect more so that Ponder can trust the protection & go through his reads. As well, the offense needs to stay on the field – 3 & outs are killing the defense who is tiring fast & giving up huge runs!!!!! This is a talented team & we all know that it is one game but the offense has been poor all season & the defense has been the ones winning the games. Time for the offense to step up & play!!!!

  59. By missed the boat on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    that’s pretty sad Ponder was going against a team with the 5th worse pass defense in the whole league and still goes 3 and out and makes our team look like fools on national tv his qb rating is 45

  60. By THE SGT. on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go Frazier, if we would have lost to the rams last season RG3 would be our leader. Franchise Qbs come along once every 10yrs and u let Luck & RG3 slip through ur fingers because going 3-13 was better than going 2-14, again way to go.

  61. By Gabriel on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    its unbeleivable to read this blog and to think they are viking fans… the NFL this year has been very competitive and you get many losing teams beating winning teams, its not the end of the world. We are still 5-3 which is a pretty good record in the league and the team has shown a lot of toughness throughout the season so even though the playoffs will be tough, its still a possibiity and we have shown we can be a very good teeam. After last year you guys should be extremely happy to at least be in playoff contention and not be thinking of the draft already, at least we have hope

  62. By Gabriel on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    As for Ponder, i completely support him as our starter and i beleive he will be a great qb (remember this is his 17th start) so there is no reason to bail on him even if he has a bad season. With that said, i agree we should bring back the joe webb package to get the offense into some kind of rythm when ponder isnt getting it done. I mean laast night would had been ideal as we couldnt even get a first down and they had a massive time osf possesion

  63. By THE SGT. on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is a wanna B that will never B. SAD because this team does have some superstars but because we promoted a side kick of Childress who couldn’t fire up a match on my hot a_ _. Im sorry to say CLEAN HOUSE this time dont leave any messes around.

  64. By Perimeter Pete on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    “It’s one thi(ng) to lose, but to get blown out like that, that’s just a disgrace to the NFC North. Vikings: get out of the NFC North!” -PackWhack

    Is this person serious? Hey PackWhack, if the Vikings were out your Packers would be in second place instead of third. I wonder how you feel about the Lions. They must really bother you.

    PackWhack’s post had the vikings won:

    “Nice job guys taking care of a team you were favored to beat. Best of luck next week against Seattle. Remember that call at the end of the game when my Packers played them? I sure do. Anyways, your QB has been struggling as of late but I just know he’s got what it takes to turn it around. Way to represent the NFC North! Now people will think my packers are a better team because you guys beat the TB Buccaneers.” …doubtful

    “What are you guys so excited about? You guys think you are good but you’re not. You guys beat a team you were supposed to beat. You were at home and on a short week. They had to travel so they were at a disadvantage. I can’t wait until we play you guys. My Aaron Rodgers will show you what a true QB looks like.” …spoken like a typical Packer fan

  65. By THE SGT. on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Perimeter pete, U r exactly right. Our only hope is someone puts a bounty on RODGERS A_ _.

  66. By THE SGT. on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Look how smart the colts were. They go from Manning to Luck. They new what they were doing last year.

  67. By Perimeter Pete on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    On a more serious note…

    Tough loss last night, and unfortunately another week of bashing the QB, the receivers, the OC, and anyone else who is not named Adrian Peterson or Percy Harvin. It seems the majority of Vikings fans forget that there is another team out there trying to win as well. Yes, it was a frustrating game to watch and the Vikings did not play well, but let’s not take anything way from TB. They played a great game and deserved the win. Let’s hope the Vikes can take advantage of the 9 day week before the Seattle game. It will be a tough test, but is also an opportunity for the team to get back on track.

    Bluebird, I agree. What is going on with Kluwe? He seems to be a little off as of late, which is problematic considering the offensive struggles.

  68. By don on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier was a poor choice. He was responsible for the pathetic secondary at the time and was rewarded by an undeserved promotion. Henderson is miserable at linebacker. Defense played much better when he was out. They should consider a two back offense with AP, Gerhart and Harvin on the field at the same time. Ponder is pathetic. Why they thought that someone who was erratic in college would get better as a pro is beyond me.

  69. By sandiamond on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Marvin M i t c h e l l deserves another chance in there. Very stout against the run , he could be used situational at least

  70. By PackWhack on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    No need to ban people. Sure, my commentary on your team’s performance can be a bit brash, but sorry if it hurts your feelings. I’m not attacking any fans here nor calling names, so as long as I don’t cross those lines, why resort to censorship? Your all welcome to go to any other teams blog site and offer your opinions. If I hurt your feelings, just ignore. It’s as simple as that.

    Now come on, you guys have to admit the excuses for your QB aren’t going to win you any games, and any fan with an iq above 20 has got to be not happy with the “questionable” play calling.

    I apologize in advance to those of you who I have hurt your feelings. If I could, I’d offer some milk and cookies. For those of you who admit inside that maybe some of what I’m saying is true, just rub some dirt on the wounds and bounce back.

    Notice no name calling or personal attacks directed from me to any fans here.

  71. By PackWhack on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    BTW, I never mentioned anything about our game against Seattle. Yes, we lost. Was I happy? No. And the Indy game? We choked. Was I upset? YES. Did my blood boil? YES. Do I harp on those two games we lost? NO. They are history.

    Expect a very fired up Seattle team when you face them! Their coaches will have them ready to play. Lets see how the Vikings respond after this embarrassment at the hands of the Bucs.

  72. By Troutdaddy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    As far as the Vikes inability to show up last night and all of the whinning that is going on- I do not feel that the majority of people are throwing anyone under the bus yet. For those oif you trashing Ponder- he did have the highest QB rating through the first 5 games…. Yeah- he is in a slump. It happens. If you watched the Videos this morning, he and Frazier both stated how terrible they played and that stuff needs to change. I think that Frazier needs to hold Musgrave, the O-Line, Ponder and Himself accountable for the performance and move forward and make SOME CHANGES to do that… No more of the predicability. They need a Start, Stop and Continue game plan- What do they need to Start doing, what they need to Stop doing and what can they Continue doing that they are already doing well. The “Stops” have been mentioned here by numerous fans many times. Whether the coaches can figure that out is going to be the real issue. We fans can’t be the coach. All we can do is call it like we see it. There is no need to belittle the team/organization for trying to figure stuff out in a rebuilding year, but we can voice our opinions (Loudly at times) in hopes that in a blog like this that just maybe they (Coaches) read this…. Not realistic, but we do it anyways. It makes us feel better….That is why is a blog…

  73. By Dono5103 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Is there a way to work on getting Christian Ponder to find open receivers instead of picking one for the entire game? He does not seem to survey the field very well for open receivers.

  74. By Gabriel on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    if people on this blog were in charge of the vikes we would have a new coaching staff/qb every week. We should appreciate we at least have a winning record and are in contention, many fans would be thrilled with a 5-3 record, don deppreciate it…

  75. By Perimeter Pete on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    You’re right, PackWhack, banning you would be entirely unjustified as you have the right to say what you said. I can guarantee you that you didn’t hurt any feelings, or at least mine. But if you’re going to make ridiculous comments on a rival team blog you better expect some backlash. When responding to your comment I recalled upon a certain post you made a few weeks ago:

    By PackWhack on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t celebrate too much. You beat a team that is arguably the worst in the nfl. Your OC has no imagination, calls predictable plays, and you guys just don’t have a killer instinct to put games away as evidenced by letting the Titans score. Enjoy the feeling while you can but don’t get your hopes too high because you still have 4 divisional games agains GB and Chi, and these will be painful experiences. We are ready for your predictable play calling and “can’t handle adversity” attitudes. The Vikes will be exposed for who they really are when they go up against GB and Chi. Write that down and carry on.

    My favorite part was the “not having the killer instinct to put games away because the Vikes let the Titans score a meaningless touchdown.” It’s funny because you guys blew an 18 point lead to the colts only the day before.

    You’re right I could’ve ignored your post. You clearly come on here to try and get a stir out of us and by responding I gave you what you wanted, but I couldn’t help to not point out the foolishness of it. I am sorry for mocking you, but apparently my second impression wasn’t too far off.

  76. By skolpurpleandgold on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    ponder was definatly not seeing the open reciever. #7 is a good jersey number for him, T-Jack (#7) had the same problem. He did get too much fast pressure to see the whole field but we have a guy on the bench that could have changed that. Put in Webb, they pressure him like that he’d use his legs to punish them, and punish them bad. Then linebackers have to stay home and they cant come at you the same way. They need to use him in those ways when the situation isnt good for ponder but favorable for webb.
    Offense needs to be able to drive the field and give the D a rest.

  77. By Gabriel on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think starting webb would be a terrible idea as it would hurt ponder a lot and is too early to bail on him. However, i would like to see the joe webb package again when ponder isnt picking the first down like yesterday (sort of what the jets are doing with tebow). Imagine percy, webb and adrian in the backfielsd running an option offense, that would be a nightmare for any coordinator..

  78. By D on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Come on guys… look at Ponder. AP was amazing on the first couple of drives but what did Ponder do? He killed them.. Time to move on and get a new qb. He has never put together a dominant passing performance in his 17 starts. Yeah he managed the game and managed to get a couple of wins but lets get real and realize that he is just killing our team’s playoff chances right now.

  79. By Antonio on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    I´m a Vikings Fan from Mexico, and the true is Ponder is a low profile QB, yesterday vs Tampa Bay and Arizona he plays horrible.
    I can´t belive he plays that way. “is a NFL QB”
    i see others QB down profile play with passion ,courage,with his heart, ponder no
    is frustating to see 3 and out, 3 and out.
    i hope the team fight and win 3 more games
    is dificult but in this season anything is possible.

  80. By spicycurryguy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    wow you guys should all be Coaches in the NFL, although I will agree that Ponder should be called “3 and out”

  81. By 1vikingsfan on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now it’s funny how packers fan saying they have this? But im sure we scared them haha just hoping Vikings improve n start new by new staffs members. Now I just hope we r not last in our division

  82. By JERRY on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    JOE WEBB can’t throw? HE CAN THROW long touchdowns better than Ponder. Look at the highlights. all his touchdown is either long pass or run. UNLEASH DA BEAST!

  83. By missed the boat on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    i can’t see the vikings finishing 8-8. they should throw games to get a higher draft pick if they lose to the next game

  84. By Pablo on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    NO podemos seguir jugando de esa manera, debemos de ser mas agraesivos, el coordinador ofensivo es un asco … no tiene idea de lo que esta haciendo .. por favor si contamos con percy harvin y MR all day PETTERSON , y JOE WEB, Usalos para distraer , llamar la atencion, play action, usen a joe web…

    cuantos pase de mas 40 yardas intento podner !!!!

    EXCELENTE DEFENSIVA, digo hasta donde pudieron soportar !!! pero sigue siendo buena!!!

  85. By Ohio viking on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Its not often that I get to see a Viking game since i live in Ohio and they are not available, and what a major disappointment it was to finally see them play. Its clear that Leslie Frazier isn’t head coach material as is the Vikings OC can’t get the job done consistently either. The defense was terrible also. Without AP long td run the game would have even been more pathetic. I’m hoping that this franchise will get back to the days { Bud Grant}when they could dominate teams like the Bucs etc . but it seems like that may be a long wait.

  86. By eddietorres on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    CJ…I feel your pain…

  87. By eddietorres on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why is fudge packer still allowed to spew that goo on Vikings web page….I tried posting something last week and my post was not allowed…and for once I keep everything clean and legal…the guy sucks and he knows it…probably the Packers can’t stand his stupidity and won’t let him post…please reject him here….

  88. By Bleeds Purple on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Its sad to see so many Vikes fans complaining about our team (players and staff). We are 5-3! Thats a winning record! As a die hard Vikes fan, yeah i was a little let down by this loss but by no means does this mean we should give up on what we are doing as a team. We dont need to replace the coaches or bench the QB. But I do think we need to tweek what we are doing.

    Whoever said we need to have Musgrave watch and play call the game from upstairs, I agree with that 100%. As fans we pretty much always get to see the game in a much different way and can see where the constant gaps in the opposing defense is and Musgrave needs to see it during the games like we do.

    For those of you who keep saying we need to bench Ponder, are you kidding me. He is a young QB with tons of talent. He just needs more time develope. I mean he didnt have 2 years sitting on the bench watching and learning from Favre(a great QB) like Rogers did. The only thing Ponder got was a few games from a washed up QB.

    And what the heck is up with people saying we need a new head coach? WE HAVE A WINNING RECORD! Thats much better than last year and this is supposed to be a rebuilding year.

    We should really be praising what we do have and we should really be showing our support to a team filled with talent, new and old. Once this team gels together, we are gonna be one rock solid team. I just hope it all comes together before the Bears and Packers games.

    SKOL VIKES!!!!

  89. By purple08 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    hey TITUS, isn’t willpower mental?

  90. By rory from n.w.ark on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder quit believing ,,either in himself or his teammates he has to find that magic ,,and I believe he will, our defense cannot be on the field the whole game, remember 4 days earlier they were on the field the whole second half ,P onder will find it ,hopefully this season but I believe he will have patience,3-13 last season ,come on FANS

  91. By rory from n.w.ark on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I go back and fully read this page of comments,I am amazed at how little patience you all have with this team.My God would We not have given our right arms to have 5 wins last season? WE WILL SEE what this team is really made of going to Seattle, i SAY WE WILL DO AGAIN WHAT THE pACKERS COULDNT DO ,beat the Seahawks ,Than we will kick there ass and the Bears ,really want to destroy the Bears, I hate the Bears for some reason,,,, GO VIKINGS Fans pease dont give up lets have FUN isnt that what its all ABOUT…..

  92. By Jim on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder has to be benched Joe Webb should be starting the rest of the season this is a no-brainer.

  93. By Spi Da Webb on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    What will be the harm to put in the human hilight real – Joe Webb. It’s obvious Ponder does not have “what it takes” to be an NFL QB. I have nothing against him personally, but Webb has the “it” factor. If you want to “develope” a QB which we are doing, pick the athlete – please!

  94. By South Carolina Troy on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb is not the answer. Ponder may not be either . Time will tell. Joe Webb is not the answer.

  95. By helen on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Haven’t given up
    still a hopeful fan. Why not play Joe Webb. Can not depend on a few to carry the team.

  96. By 7drumthunder on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    I understand why everyone is FRUSTRATED and I’m not sayin just sayin – Ponder is NOT the key, bad thing is I like Frazier but he is BLIND to what the rest of us are seeing! Poor play from a 2nd string (back-up) at best QB, after watching today’s press conference just proved it. I’ll give Frazier credit for sticking with his guy (QB) but only thing is that it will end up being in vain! The fans will have to endure below average(POOR) play from the QB while all the while the defense stays stuck on the field because the offense can’t move the ball. . . But because I am a DIE Hard Vikings fanatic fan I will sit and still route for my team only hoping that maybe just maybe Frazier will see the light and either make a move for a QB or put Webb in who is a better athlete with a stronger arm and give him a honest try. Webb is a playmaker and does not belong on the sidelines anyway . . . My thoughts for the moment – SKOL Vikings

  97. By Norge on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Some blogs sang Musgraves praises when we won a couple, but as the last few games have proven he is still the same ol idiot, who calls a game in ‘not ot lose’ mode, which gaurentees that you lose. Definition of insanity: when you keep repeating the same action time after time after time and expect a different result the nex time you repeat it. Musgraves needs a shrink, badly, to bad the NFL doesn’t care about its coaches as much as it does of the players. Musgraves has a severe brain-injury and yet they keep sending him out there week after week. Too bad for the team. Ponder is a RG3 white, if you just let him run! What beat us in Washington was designed running plays for RG3, we have the same weapon and don’t use it. Ponder throws thirty yds across the field for 3yd gains….to build confidence?? Who was that idiot?? He’s got the arm, take the shots down the field once in a while. The Viking playbook and stategy is carved in stone tablets throughout the league now and we’re not, thats right, NOT going to win another game this season unless Musgrave gets the help with his head he so desperatly needs. Kudos to the defense for winning 5 games this year.

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