The Minnesota Vikings gave a valiant effort against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Unfortunately, it simply was not enough as they fell 27-23 on another late touchdown. It is the third time this season that an opposing team has got into the end zone with under a minute to play in the game. Obviously, it is one of several factors contributing to a dismal season in which the Vikings are on the verge of a new franchise low.
Minnesota is 1-7, which ties their worst start in franchise history. With the Washington Redskins on tap for Thursday Night Football, the 2013 Vikings squad could break the record.
“This is a frustrating one. To go 1-7 halfway through the year is tough for us. It is way beyond what our expectations were for what was going to happen this season,” quarterback Christian Ponder said, according to Vikings.com.
There are several ways for Minnesota to turn it around and avoid writing their name in the franchise history books. With that being said, it is imperative that they put away teams when they have them on the ropes, such as what could have happened against Dallas.
At this point, the Vikings have to follow their leader and feed off his stellar performances. Running back Adrian Peterson is the entire offense when it comes to being productive in any shape or form. It certainly is hard to watch the best running back in the league put forth a dominant effort every game just to watch his team falter time and again.
As far as improving, Ponder has to make better reads, the wide receivers have to run cleaner routes and everyone must focus on what Peterson is trying to accomplish every game.