Donovan McNabb put up some of the worst throwing numbers in Vikings history on Sunday, going 7/15 for 39 yards and a touchdown and an interception. When it finally hit me that our new quarterback just threw for under 40 yards, my first thought was this was as bad as it could get. In my opinion, after I looked at the performance more closely, I don't find it as terrible as you might. Here's why
First of all, it's not like he had a terrible completion percentage. 7/15 passing is still 46%, which is bad, but there has been worse. If he would've went like 7/23 or something then we can hit the panic button. Bruce Gradkowski led the Bengals to victory after the injury to Andy Dalton, and he went 5/12. McNabb had a better completion percentage as Gradkowski.
The early interception McNabb threw was completely not his fault. He saw 8 men in the box, switched the play and tried to flip to out left to Percy, who had just taken the opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown, and let him get some yards. And somehow, someway, Shaun Phillips new exactly what was coming.
The Vikings also refused to throw the ball deep and stretch the field, aside from the attempt to Berrian. McNabb had to keep settling for the short completions over and over and we never threw downfield. We should have taken a couple shots early on and stretched the field a little bit, which would have helped our ground game be even more effective.
Now, don't get me wrong, it was still bad. But I don't see this as completely brutal. Most likely, this won't happen again this year, so there is reason for optimism there. Us Vikings fans gotta stay positive.
I want to see how my opinion compares with my fellow Viking fans, so answer my poll below.
How do you feel about McNabb's performance Sunday?
Awful (61 votes)
Bad, but not awful (52 votes)
It won't happen again so it doesn't matter (50 votes)
163 total votes