Sigh, well, that sucked. The team played well enough to win yesterday, despite another bad showing by the quarterback, but in the end, they didn’t win. The Chiefs, with their backup QB under center, pulled it out with a last second field goal. The Vikings had two opportunities to put the game away if they could have run the clock down, but the offense wasn’t able to do anything, zero, zip, notta. Cousins had some nice plays during the game, including two laser-like touchdown passes. Cousins also had some really, really ugly throws throughout the game, and some other plays where you wondered what he was thinking. There were other mistakes made by other players and units throughout the game, but as a percentage of contribution to the game being a loss, I’d say Cousins had the highest, by quite a margin. Oh, and the officiating was horrific. That OPI on Treadwell was laughable, and there were many other calls throughout the game that caused foul words to emanate loudly from my garage.
The good news from yesterday is that the Vikings didn’t lose any ground in the division. Every division rival also lost yesterday (the Packers loss made me feel better, because I wasn’t in a very good mood after the Vikings loss), so the division looks the same, with the exception of the loss column being one higher for each team. The outcome of the game sucked, but the Vikings are still in good position for the playoffs, and to win the division. I think the December 23rd game may be the game that decides the NFC North. SKOL!
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Ted dropped by and delivered the Stock Market Report: Chiefs.
Chris has the post-game wrap-up.
Wludford has a review of yesterday’s game.
Other Vikings and NFL news, other sports news, and random oddities and annoyances:
At Vikings.com, catch Coach Zimmer’s post-game presser, see all the highlights from the game, and there’s much more to sift through in the media vault.
Catch up with all the scores and highlights from week nine, courtesy of ESPN.
We come to today’s media selection:
Here’s a nocturne from Chopin.
We all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
- No discussion of politics or religion
- No feeding of the trolls
- Leave the gender hatred at the door
- Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
- Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags
- No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
- If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
- While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm.
With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on, don’t tip the cows don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the optimistic gloom and doom.