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Vikings Address Some Mistakes

The Vikings faced an all too familiar reality following Sunday’s 28-18 loss to the Patriots.  That reality is that they were just a few plays away from winning the ball game.

Here is what some of the Vikings involved on key plays that didn’t work out had to say about those situations:

Asher Allen

On the 65 yard touchdown pass caught by Brandon Tate: 

“I was like, ‘All right, the ball’s coming out’.  And then 8 seconds later, (Brady) just threw it up deep. So, I just — I guess I’ve just got to stay on him longer.”

On the missed tackle on Danny Woodhead that allowed the Patriots to keep possession late in the game instead of punting to the Vikings:

“It’s unacceptable.  Got to make that tackle.”

Jared Allen

Talking about the lack of sacks:

“We pride ourselves on stopping the run and making plays like that,  But it comes to a point where we’ve got to figure something out. We know teams are going to do certain things against us, but we had opportunities (Sunday) and we had opportunities the last couple weeks. We have opportunities every game. So, we’ve just got to take advantage of them.”

“In the third quarter, I have a chance to sack (Brady), but I went to strip the ball and I just missed.  Those plays, last year, we were making. I would have gotten a sack-strip-fumble. You never know what’s going to happen. So, it starts with me, and all I can do is try and get better and see if we can’t get some momentum.”

Brad Childress

On why he decided to challenge a call that was obviously going to be a futile attempt:

“Initially, I was not going to challenge, and then I got a holler in my ear about somebody saw a different view of it. But obviously, run it over a couple of times, he had a pretty good catch there.”

On his choice to go for the touchdown on fourth and goal from the one yard line at the end of the first half:

“The big thing was … just to be aggressive.  Seven points was huge there. Obviously, they kneeled down … to get out of the half. But we thought we had a good play called there and thought we had it blocked up pretty good and gave ourselves a chance, and we were going to need seven points there, we thought, as opposed to those threes.”

Adrian Peterson

On why a fourth and goal attempt failed at the end of the first half:

“That was tough for us.  Tough for me to swallow, because I hold myself accountable on that one.”

Chris Cook

On his missed tackle that resulted in a big catch and run for Deion Branch:

“You’ve got to tackle.  We missed a lot of tackles. I am pretty sure that will be our emphasis going into next week.”

Cook suffered an injury during the game, but it is assumed to be minor as he was able to return and expected to play next Sunday.

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4 Responses to “Vikings Address Some Mistakes”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Adam, you need to edit your statement of a 28-28 loss.

  2. vk4life says:

    Couple things regardless if AP is not breaking huge gains he has been very consistent. And to go away from your Clydesdale was a huge mistake. 17 carries in the first 1/2 and then only 8 the rest of the game!?!?! Averaging over 4 yards a carry this season and on his way to at least 1800 yards and probably 18-20 TD’s.

    Next, GET BACK TO BASICS!!!! Tackling, blocking, catching etc…
    Technique, technique technique

  3. Zag says:

    When Jared Allen talks about not getting sacks, all I can think about is that quote of his: “Dude, when it’s the offseason, I am OUT of football.”

    Maybe if Jared had been in the weightroom over the offseason he wouldn’t be out of sacks.

    Everyone always overestimates how hard the pros work and then wonders why their production sucks. There are no excuses, there is simply a direct relationship between in-season production and off-season work.

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