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Turnovers and Mistakes Doom Vikings in 30-17 Loss

Paced by their usual tough defense and a good day from QB Kerry Collins and rookie RB Chris Johnson, the Vikings Sunday fell to 1-3 losing to the Tennessee Titans 30-17 at LP Field. The Vikings hung tough with the now 4-0 Titans, and had a shot down 23-17 in the fourth quarter, but a pick by Nick Harper and a late score by Johnson sealed the Vikings fate.

Gus Frerotte, getting his second straight start at QB, went 25-of-43 passing for 266 yards and the interception. Adrian Peterson, who again gave it a go on a gimpy hammy, ran the ball 18 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Bobby Wade had seven catches for 75 yards.

It was the defense that was a bit of a letdown against the Titans on this day. They gave up some big conversions to the Titans, with Collins calm and cool, leading the way. He was 18-for-35 for 199 yards. Johnson had 61 yards on 17 carries against the always good Vikings run defense.

The other key was turnovers, as the Vikings lost three of the four fumbles they put on the ground, and Frerotte’s pick late was a killer as it was turned into the final seven points of the day for the Titans. Minnesota also had seven penalties for 50 yards. With the turnovers giving the Titans short fields, the Titans average starting field position was their own 41-yard line, compared to Minnesota’s average starting field position of their own 25-yardline.

No question that with a few big plays from the offense, and better handling of the ball, the Vikings could have easily been in position to improve to 2-2 on the year instead of now sitting at 1-3. The Vikings are at the Saints on Monday Night Football next week.

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