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Week 01: Vikings Lose To Packers 24-19

Posted by LOTGK on September 9, 2008

week one vikings

Packers Take Bite Out Of Vikings Offense

The Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf spent tens of millions of dollars on free agent talent in the last two years to field the best team money can buy. Defensive end Jared Allen signed the largest contract for a player at his position in the NFL. Allen had goose egg for sacks, and goose egg for tackles. Receiver Bernard Berrian had 3 catches for 38 yards. Tight End Shaincoe had two dropped passes tonight. For him, it was a typical evening. He’s only costing the team $18 million dollars. Safety Madieau Williams didn’t even play.

So what went wrong? How did the Vikings lose? Good questions for sure. In my game one preview, I stated:
The Vikings do not play well at away games.
The Vikings do not play well outdoors.
The Vikings do not play well on grass.
The Vikings do not play well on days not named Sunday.
The Vikings do not play well in the national spotlight.
The Vikings do not play well against the Slackers
.

But you can throw all that crap out the window. The real reasons the Vikings lost are as follows:

#1) The Packers are a very good team. They were 13-3 last year and one errant pass away from the Super Bowl. They came out and managed the game, took their shots down field, and out coached Childress on the other side of the field. (I know thats more than one reason but you get the idea here)

#2) No matter who the opposing quarterback is, he plays as if he was possessed by the spirit of Joe Montana. In Aaron Rodgers first start in the NFL, he went 18-22 for 178 yards and a TD pass. He also rushed 8 times for 35 yards and a TD. That is an 82% completion percentage.

#3) Penalties. The Vikings are one the most penalized teams in the NFL. Tonight they lived up to their mystique recording 9 penalties. At one point, during a goal line stance, they had three straight penalties called against them. Result! TD Packers.

#4) Damn! There’s more than three reasons why we lost? Damn Damn! Let’s take a minute to talk about clock management. Vikings are down 24-12 late in the fourth quarter. The Vikings get the ball with 6 minutes to go with one time out remaining. Jackson has the team in the huddle while precious seconds tick off. Even when the Vikings got the ball back with 1:51 left in the game, Jackson let 20 plus seconds tick off between plays.

#5) Quarterback pressure. Jared Allen and Ray (I’m going to break the NFL sack record) Edwards recorded zero sacks. Not even on blitzes did they pressure Rodgers.

#6) Brad Childress was a big reason the Vikings lost. Five times he has faced the Packers as head coach and five times he has lost. Childress was out coached tonight. He had no answers to the Packer five receiver set or the roll out of Rodgers. BTW, Wilf gave him millions of dollars.

#7) Anymore reasons and I’m calling Dave Letterman. Shaincoe. Tight end Shaincoe. Yes, he is a reason. His two dropped passes tonight came at critical times forcing the Vikings to punt on both times not converting third down plays. He catches just one of them, the outcome could have been different.

#8) Finally, Tarvaris Jackson was a factor in the loss tonight. Jackson’s numbers were 16-35 (Two drops by Shaincoe) for 178 yards, one TD and one critical interception at the end of the game. A 45% completion percentage is not going to get it in the NFL.

Wait, I’m not done here. Jackson also had 9 rushes for 65 yards and not once did he go into the quarterback slide. Not once. He took a half a dozen big hits. These hits add up during the course of a season. Not to mention he was injured in the preseason during a run due to not sliding after getting the first down. Now you know the reason why Jackson is injury prone.

And the reasons why the Vikings lost the game.

Addendum: Many Viking fans who back Tarvaris Jackson bring up his win – loss record from last year which was 8-4. However, they fail to mention his over all record. Jackson was 0-2 in 2006. He could have played in more games, but he was injured. In 2007 he was 8-4 sitting out four games because of (Surprise!) injury. And in 2008, he is 0-1. Jackson is 8-7 over all.

Silver lining anyone? Someone? Adrian Peterson rushed for over a hundred yards on 19 carries and TD. Sidney Rice came up with a TD catch. Berrian was open but Jackson, due to his preseason injury didn’t have his timing down.

The Vikings host the Colts next Sunday. A team that was stung by the Bears Sunday night. When was the last time the Colts lost two games in a row?

How Much Did That Cost
V. Shiancoe has a contract paying him $8.2 million this year. Broken down, he earns $512,500.00 per game. Or, $170,833.00 per catch. (3)
Jared Allen has a contract paying him $12.06 million this year. Broken down, he earns $753,000.00 per game. Or, $753,000.00 for prancing around on the field.
Bernard Berrian has a contract paying him $9.03 million this year. Broken down, he earns $564,375.00 per game. Or, $188,125.00 per catch. (3)

Bold Predictions
Ray Edwards predicted he would break the single season sack record of 22.5 sacks. That means he needs 1.438 sacks per game. He had zero sacks in game one leaving him 1.438 sacks behind. He must record 2.876 sacks next week to stay on track.

Adrian Peterson predicted a 2000 yard rushing season. That means he needs 125 yards per game. He had 103 yards rushing in game one leaving him behind 22 yards. He must run for 147 yards next week to stay on track.

SKOL VIKINGS!

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4 Responses to “Week 01: Vikings Lose To Packers 24-19”

  1. Merv said

    is that packer biting jackson? LOL

  2. Valdunagan said

    Hate to say I told you so but the Pack won, Jackson looked horrible as usual. Allen got how many sacks?

  3. LOTGK said

    Sure looks like it Merv.
    And yes Val, you were right.

  4. Gumby said

    Jesus, it does look like he’s taking a bite out of him.
    The headline: Packers eat Vikings quarterback alive!

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