Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Vikings Are In Shambles: Next Up For Them Is The Packers

Based on the past two weeks, there really is no other conclusion except that the Vikings have to re-evaluate everything next season. Two weeks ago they were dominated at home by the Panthers, and although QB Matt Cassel wasn't the main problem, he was replaced this week by QB Josh Freeman, who proved that he is actually a worse QB than Vince Young.
You can blame some of his problems on the offensive line and his receivers, but all teams have protection breakdown, injuries (LT Matt Kalil did what he could last night with a bad back), and dropped passes. But accuracy is on the QB and all he did last night was prove his horrific completion percentage with the Buccaneers was no fluke.

And I was serious about Vince Young. At least Young will run occasionally for a big play which surprisingly Freeman never tried to do. QB Christian Ponder can run too for that matter. Ponder isn't the future in Minnesota, but he probably gives them the best chance to win right now. I could be talked into believing Cassel's better than Ponder, but really it doesn't make that much of a difference; at their best, they're both only league average QBs.

As for WR Greg Jennings, he led the Vikings in targets and receptions last night (4 for 41 yards) and he was also the victim of one of Freeman's overthrown passes. On one incompletion over the middle, Jennings had to reach up for the overthrown pass and it left him exposed for a big hit while his arms were up in the air. He wasn't taken out of the game, but he did have to leave the field for at least a play.

However, the Vikings have made this big leap with Freeman and I don't expect they'll be going back. Sometimes a team can quickly admit their mistakes; the Raiders started QB Matt Flynn for one game, they realized it wasn't going to work out, and released him two weeks later. I don't see the Vikings acting the same way with Freeman.

1 comment:

PackFaninFl said...

Wow, things have really gone from bad to worse up in Minnesota.

I remember Ponder having a very good game against us week 16 last year. I think they gave up on him a little too early. Then again, probably cutting their losses like Oakland did with Flynn.