The Vikings got thrashed today by the Saints, 42-20. And while I expected a mild to bad loss and a lot of things to bitch about (like kicking a 51 yard field goal when you're up by 19 very late, seriously, WTF Saints), I did not expect this pathetic display of what seemed to be an offense. We weren't able to do anything offensively the entire game (until garbage time) due to our f**king horrid offensive line, which made every drop-back by Ponder look like the end of the "Running of the Bulls" where all of the bulls and the fast Spaniards file into a stadium. Except in this situation, the only one in the stadium was Ponder, and he had 11 angry bulls charging at him unblocked.
God, I feel sorry for Ponder. I've watched him play football since his sophomore year at Florida State. I've watched him almost single handedly turn around the better part of a decade of mediocrity for Florida State. And I've watched him do great things with the Vikings this horrible, horrible year; and I know all the great things he can do for this organization down the line. But without a solid front five, his career will slowly spiral down the shit pipe, just like this season and last season has.
Do you unbelievers now see why we need a stud left tackle with our first pick in the 2012 NFL draft? This was easily the line's worst game of the year and the worst I've seen in years and we completely got banged into submission by the Saints' D-Line. Without at least two and a half seconds in the pocket consistently (which is very mediocre standards, but our current line can't get to) it won't matter if we have 5 Justin Blackmon's running routes, we will fail as an offense, just as we did today.