To say that Minnesota Vikings‘ fans are a bit perplexed this Monday morning, would be a bit of an understatement. No one, even outside of Minneapolis, was predicting that the Vikings would lose to the Cleveland Browns. After they traded away their best offensive player and moved their third-string quarterback into the starting role, things seemed bleak at best for Cleveland heading into Minnesota. However, with their backs against the wall, the Browns came out and played to win.
When it was all said and done, week three ended in almost the same way week two ended for the Vikings. After a lack luster performance by their defense in the first half, the unit came out strong in the second half. The Minnesota defense got its proverbial crap together again on Sunday and didn’t allow a score until the final minute. It’s encouraging to see the unit rebound and play so well, but when it’s mattered most, the Vikings-D has crumbled.
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However, the late-game defensive collapse was just one of a few things that went wrong for Minnesota on Sunday.
After three straight weeks of the same thing, it’s really hard to put your finger on exactly what the problem is for the Vikings. Many people want to point to Christian Ponder, but he wasn’t the reason for team’s defeat on Sunday. It still just seems like they can’t put it all together. Offense, defense and special teams haven’t been on the same page all year. As a result, the Vikings are coming up short.
So at 0-3, it’s fair to say that 2013 might be lost. Statistically, the Vikings have about a two percent chance of making the playoffs. It’s not time to switch quarterbacks or abandon offensive and defensive schemes, it’s time for the team to start executing better. Discipline and hard work are the only things that will turn this season around. As much as some fans might want to see the team completely change what it does schematically, it’s not going to happen.
The season is not lost, but the Vikings are hurting and on the ropes in a big way.