Master of field goals is pulling your strings.

Once upon a time there was a great band named Metallica that sang these lyrics “End of passion play, crumbling away, I’m your source of self-destruction” and once upon a time there was a Minnesota Vikings team that those lyrics couldn’t possibly describe.

That seems like such a long time ago.

Lately fans have grown all-to-accustomed to the last minute losses, poor play calling, and even poorer officiating that sometimes decides a game. Today, after 5 valiant field goals and stifling defensive game, another loss. In the bard’s tale of this Viking’s game, only one of the above recent failures applies, it was another unlikely last minute loss.

There are questions that fans and coaches alike must be asking, how can Adrian Peterson have such a great game and the team still gets an “L”, how can the defensive unit play so soundly for so long and the team still takes home an “L”, why didn’t the team score a touchdown with so many opportunities and so much run strength, and ultimately how can this season be saved?

Here are a few more questions while we’re at it.

Is Adrian Peterson learning what it’s like to be Barry Sanders?

Is it time to Free Frerotte? 

Is it possible that Brad Childress is becoming more unliked than Lars Ulrich?

5 Comments so far

  1. jarrin on September 14th, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

    I’m sad!! I watched this game and really started to believe the Vikes were gonna stick it to Peyton Manning and the Colts. I’m kind of torn… I don’t know yet how I feel about the fans in attendance booing Jackson. Granted, some of the offense (minus Adrian Peterson) are pretty much to blame for this loss… I became a fan in 2001 just after that meltdown in the NFC Championship game and have been trying to stay true ever since. :)

  2. David (jacc) on September 15th, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

    Jarrin – I feel for you, you picked a tough time to start following the team. Maybe the toughest since the Les Steckel years.

    I haven’t been able to form a verdict on T-Jack, but I can relate to the fans booing since he had zero production in the red zone. The thing about QB’s is they get too much credit when things go right and too much when they go wrong.

    Now the play calling . . .

  3. jarrin on September 15th, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

    I agree, David! I think the dropped passes weren’t making things any better for T-Jack. Yeah, I moved to the Twin Cities a week before Korey Stringer died… that 2001 season was nuts with Denny (finally?) bailing… I almost think they do need to let Gus get in there and lead the team.

  4. kevinfromminneapolis on September 15th, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

    I thought yesterday’s game was great. I love watching Vikings fans suffer and I have Ryan Longwell on my fantasy team.

  5. David (jacc) on September 15th, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    Jarrin – Well, I feel Gus might actually lead the team where T-Jack is too busy, trying not to make mistakes, to be the leader. We like to call Denny Green "The Sheriff" around these parts.

    Kevs – Finally someone gives me a reason to be glad Longwell missed a kick.

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