Despite a poor and sloppy game by the Minnesota Vikings
they managed to stay competitive with their NFC North rival Detroit Lions
. Christian Ponder
struggled throwing 3 interceptions and fumbling on the first play from scrimmage. Two of the four turnovers resulted in Lions touchdowns. The Vikings had no choice but to give Joe Webb
a shot to lead the team. Webb responded with a long 65 yard touchdown run. His explosiveness helped the Vikings stay within six points with 3 minutes remaining. The Vikings drove from their own 20 down to the one yard line and it came down to one play. The drive stalled at the Detroit 1-yard line as linebacker DeAndre Levy
stripped Webb on a rollout at the 10, punctuating yet another way for the Viking to lose. Replays showed that Levy grabbed Webb's facemask on the final play but no call was made. The ball then bounced away from the end zone and was recovered by Lions defensive end Cliff Avril
at the Vikings 43-yard line with no time left on the clock and the Lions went on to win 34-28. Webb finished with seven carries for 109 yards and was 12 of 23 passing for 84 yards. Harvin led the Vikings with 156 all-purpose yards, including a touchdown reception. Webb’s 109 yards rushing is the Vikings single game rushing record for a quarterback. It was amazing that the Vikings were even in this game being -5 in the precious take/giveaway. Coach Frazier stated after the game, "The decision regarding Christian...this wasn't the Christian we were accustomed to seeing. If Christian is healthy (next week) he's our #1 quarterback." I think this is a great decision because I believe Joe Webb is not a long term quarterback for the Vikings. We need to keep evaluating Ponder to see if he is a viable option at quarterback. Cedric Griffin
, who has struggled all year after having ACL surgery on each knee in the past two years, was benched after the Lions' second touchdown and replaced at the right corner by Benny Sapp. This was a head-scratcher to some Vikings fans but Coach Frazier says, "You’ve just got to be able to execute some of those basic fundamentals that we ask." After watching Cedric get toasted by Titus Young
, I agree with the decision. As I stated in my last post, I believe Cedric Griffin is not cornerback and is a "safety at best" option. Overall, the Vikings need to overhaul the back-end of their defense. This is one of the worst Minnesota Viking secondary’s in the team’s history. The Vikings will play host to the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints
next Sunday. The Vikings are 20-9 all-time against the Saints but have lost the past two, including the 2009 NFC title game in overtime at the Superdome. This will be the fourth season in a row the Vikings will face New Orleans. The Vikings have dominated the Saints at home, holding a 12-2 record in games played at Met Stadium and the Metrodome. The Vikings will have a tough time taming Drew Brees
, especially the way the Vikings secondary is playing.
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