Yesterday afternoon, the Vikings and Lions engaged in one of the worst-played football games that you're going to see outside of a Pop Warner league. 10 total turnovers, 19 total penalties (12 on the beloved Purple. . .at least one of which was complete garbage, but more on that later), one of the worst damn announcing crews I've ever had the displeasure of listening to. . .it was all a pretty painful experience.
And yet, despite Tarvaris Jackson's four interceptions and all the penalties and everything else, the Vikings were still approximately 3" away from starting the season 2-0. Not that winning a game like yesterday's would have made me feel any better about the team's performance at Ford Field yesterday, but regardless of how it looks or how it comes about, Monday is always better after a Vikings' win than it is after a Vikings' loss.
So, in light of this, I'm going to borrow an idea from the website of a friend of mine. Now, when analyzing the game, we could use "Good/Bad" or "What Worked/What Didn't Work" or any of the boring, mundane standards that have been done before.
Not here, boy.
With this Game Review Thread, I would like to introduce what I call the "Scarlett/Rosie Scale" for things that were pretty about this game and things that were downright ugly. If I really need to detail which is which. . .well, just leave. Now. Before you hurt yourself or somebody around you.
With that said, I still have faith in #7, and I think I can confidently say that he won't play another game that bad all year. He's a young quarterback, and ups and downs are to be expected. I just don't think that many people expected this to be one of the "downs." It wouldn't surprise me to see him balance this one with an "up" when we don't expect one.
3-1-DET 25 (9:29) 7-T.Jackson pass short middle intended for 40-J.Kleinsasser INTERCEPTED by 75-S.Cody (42-G.Alexander) at DET 22. 75-S.Cody to DET 20 for -2 yards (19-B.Wade).
3-2-MIN 42 (4:24) 7-T.Jackson pass incomplete short right to 82-T.Williamson (25-F.Bryant).
3-2-MIN 22 (3:45) 7-T.Jackson pass incomplete short left to 82-T.Williamson.
Yes, you've got a young quarterback, a left side of the line making a combined $100 million, and a dynamic young running back, and you're throwing the ball in critical third down situations. Eminently logical.
Yes, I know the Vikings' offense has been accused of being "boring." Well, you know something? Sometimes "boring" works just fine. Third and short, hand the damn ball to Adrian Peterson. . .or Chester Taylor. . .or Mewelde Moore. . .or Naufahu Tahi. . .or anybody, really.
And as long as we're here, let's talk about the crappy announcing crew that Fox stuck us with, too. The biggest goof was at the end of the game when they said that the Lions were nearly into chip shot range for Jason Hanson. The problem? With where the Lions were at that time, it would have been a 56-yard attempt. How the hell do these guys define "chip shot," exactly? I know the Vikings aren't going to get a lot of high-profile announce teams this year. . .but good lord, have some kind of standards, Fox.
After everything that happened yesterday, there are a few things I'm sure of.
-Tarvaris Jackson won't play another game that bad all season
-We should go into the bye week at 3-1
-The pass defense will tighten up
-Chester Taylor will get healthy and start seeing the field more, increasing the number of things the Vikings can do offensively
That's the post-mortem on yesterday's game, folks. Continue enjoying your Monday to the fullest extent possible.