It didn’t take long for it to become apparent that the ten day break for the Vikings wasn’t long enough for them to find the answer for whatever ails them. Unfortunately it wasn’t long enough for me either as I quickly became critical of players and coaches as the game against the Seahawks began to look painfully familiar with missed tackles, poor blocking, incomplete passes, suspect play calling, lack of protection, lack of separation and turnovers. I am hoping that players will keep the finger pointing to a minimum this week and instead take individual accountability for making changes immediately. The Vikings have precious little time to figure this out as the Packers and the Lions seem to have found a rhythm that is translating into wins. The Vikings host the Lions in week 10 and need a victory to stop the free fall to the bottom of the division.
The only Vikings that don’t appear ready to go down with the ship are Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson. Harvin let his anger loose with Coach Frazier standing on the sidelines. My opinion has always been that this type of behavior is disrespectful during the heart of a game however someone has to speak up and its probably better coming from a star player like Percy.
While Percy used his words to try and stoke a fire under his coach, Adrian Peterson continues to use his beast-like running skills to make his point clear. The Seahawks were unable to stop him as he flirted with reaching 200 yards rushing. It’s crazy to think that Peterson may not even be 100 percent and yet has over 100 yards rushing and at least one TD in each of the past three games. There isn’t much more Peterson can do to put his teammates in a position to win. He’s having an amazing year coming off of a devastating injury. Here’s hoping his teammates find his dedication inspiring and raise their own level of play to match his. It’s time to right the ship to avoid a disastrous second half of the season.