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Vikings fans need to put Sunday behind them

December 7, 2009 - Per Peterson
Enough bad things happened in the NFL on Sunday if you’re a Vikings fan to last the rest of the season. First, the Redskins snatched defeat from the hands of victory by somehow losing to the unbeaten Saints in overtime, thus taking away any chance Minnesota had to pull even with New Orleans. The Redskins are a flop this year and showed why against New Orleans by bumbling away a late 10-point lead. They did something right in overtime by winning the coin toss (the Saints actually lost the coin toss more than the Redskins won it), but then fumbled the ball away on their side of the 50 on the first series of OT. Game over. Gross. Then, on Sunday night, the Vikings crashed down to earth by being outplayed, outfought, outhustled, outcoached and outclassed by a good Arizona team that they could see again in the playoffs. Not only did the Vikings lose, they embarrassed themselves, and they lost one of their best defensive players when E.J. Henderson broke his leg. E.J., if you want out of a blowout game, there are better ways to do it, you don’t have to go out and get your leg broken. Brett Favre showed he is human by throwing two interceptions, and the rumblings have already started that he has hit the same wall he hit last year with the Jets. The Vikings’ running game once again proved it’s vastly overrated, Adrian Peterson, while he managed to hold onto the ball this game, looked disinterested by not being the featured player and not being able to crack the line of scrimmage more than a handful of times, and coach Childress and the rest of the coaching staff looked overmatched and confused. Black Sunday offered proof that the Vikings got full of themselves because of their gaudy 10-1 record and the Saints are this year’s team of destiny. The two could very well meet in the playoffs (in New Orleans probably) and if Sunday’s games were any indication it will be another NFC Championship game loss for the Purple.


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