Game Thread – Colts @ Vikings

Let’s start with good news:  Jeff Saturday and Dallas Clark are both inactive today for the Colts.  This weakens Indy’s offense at least somewhat.  The Vikings inactives:

  • Madieu Williams
  • Marcus McCauley
  • Maurice Hicks
  • Drew Radovich
  • Erin Henderson
  • Jeff Dugan
  • Letroy Guiron

McCauley is inactive for the second straight week.  He appears to have fallen out of favor with Brad Childress for whatever reason and is beginning to look like he will never live up to the potential he initially showed.  Artis Hicks is listed as active but we don’t yet know if he will start.  Feel free to discuss in the comments now and throughout the game.

Update: We’re the A-game on CBS…which means Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf.  Bryant Gumbel is the absolute worst football announcer not named Kornheiser, but Dierdorf is a close second.

Lots of blitzing so far…Antoine Winfield for the pick!

T-Jack misses another open receiver, then almost gets picked off.  Vikings waste a great Adrian Peterson run.  How can we ever get momentum when T-Jack kills our drives?  Longwell makes it 3-0…should’ve been 7-0.

Awesome defensive series.  E.J. Henderson is all over the place.  What just freaking happened on the punt?

Adrian Peterson’s first quarter:  8 carries, 72 yards.  No touchdowns though.  Vikes settle for six because T-Jack can’t throw and Visanthe Shiancoe can’t hold onto the ball once he hits the ground.

Jared Allen’s first sack comes against the TE Santi.  No respect for Jared, trying to block him with a tight end.

Injuries are piling up for the Colts.  Now they’ve lost Tony Ugoh.  Come on Jared…get something going.

Halftime: How do you have a 118-yard first half from your running back yet fail to score a touchdown?  When your quarterback is 3/7 for 7 yards (before padding his stats on a pair of throws with the clock running out).  When you don’t have a prayer of converting a 3rd down.  Maybe T-Jack can pull off one of his signature second half bounce-backs.  Thankfully the defense is playing a great game.  Peyton Manning is having one of his worst days ever.

The Colts finally deliver the big punch we knew was coming.  We need a touchdown now to ice this thing.  No more freaking field goals.  House it.  Or watch Peyton lead some kind of stupid fourth quarter comeback.

T-Jack fumble.  Dodged a bullet with the Colts having to settle for a field goal.  I repeat the above observation.  Wow…missed field goal by Vinatieri.  Everything’s going wrong today for Indy.

The defense will have to win this.  Adrian can’t run cause they’re flooding the box cause T-Jack can’t complete anything but the occasional slant.  Sideline patterns?  Deep outs?  No chance.

The D-Line is on jello-legs cause the offense can’t get anything going, and now Peyton is tearing us up.  And the two-point conversion ties it at 15.  Dan Dierdorf can’t understand why people are booing Jackson?  What game is he watching?

Why did we give Berrian all that money again?

What happened to the Packers?  Second half meltdown much?

Funniest line of the day: “Tarvaris Jackson has to go 98 yards in a minute forty-two.  Um, yeah…”

Wow – most idiotic penalty in history by the Colts.

Colts win 18-15.  Hideously ugly game.  Don’t really know what to say except I think Childress has to be on the hot seat now.  The heat needs to be transferred from Tarvaris Jackson – who is just flat-out not any good – to the people who insist on continuing to put him out there.  What a joke.

Topics: Artis Hicks, Brad Childress, Dallas Clark, Drew Radovich, Erin Henderson, Jeff Dugan, Jeff Saturday, Letroy Guiron, Madieu Williams, Marcus Mccauley, Maurice Hicks, Minnesota Vikings

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  • chad

    Points are points.  Were up early and at home.  First turnover of

  • chad

    Hello. Early lead at home and the season’s first defensive turnover.  Skol!

  • danzinski

    I guess Jackson’s jittery in the first half again.  Hopefully he’ll surpass 16 yards by halftime.

  • danzinski

    Adrian looks frisky today.  Me like.

  • danzinski

    Jackson’s getting good time to throw but…surprise…can’t find a receiver.

  • danzinski

    Wow – Ray Edwards.  The D looks incredible.

  • chad

    Yes great start by the D! 

  • danzinski

    The middle’s open all day for All Day.

  • chad

    AD is going to get 35 touches today!

  • danzinski

    Shiancoe.  God damn it.

  • chad

    Put Mills in!!

  • chad

    We are dominating so far yet one big play from being down.  Seriously shiancoe needs to be deactivated or oversleep or something..

  • danzinski

    Yo EJ – let the guy keep his head dude.

  • danzinski

    Manning’s afraid to throw anywhere near Winfield.

  • chad

    Ok.  Lets use AD All Day!!  Ride him and wear them down!

  • danzinski

    Looked like Adrian lost the ball at the end of that run.  Glad Indy didn’t throw the red flag.

  • danzinski

    I hope that wasn’t a designed run for T-Jack, cause that was a crap play-call if it was.

  • chad

    Pinned  on the punt.  Lets get a safety since we cannot score a td..

  • danzinski

    Nice quick-snap Peyton – didn’t fool Winfield.

  • chad

    Aaron Rogers is having another good day it looks like. 

  • danzinski

    Doesn’t count – it’s against the Lions.

  • danzinski

    That throw was behind Berrian.

  • danzinski

    Ray Edwards almost went Bernard Pollard on Manning.

  • danzinski

    I like the aggressiveness.  And Shiancoe actually held on!!!

  • chad

    No doubt.  I was completely taken aback by the aggressiveness.  I didnt even think about it.  I just knew they were gonna kneel and go to the lockers.  Is Chili waking up?  He’s even using AD like anybody else would.  Anyway nice crisp passes by Tarvaris to surpass his stats from last week.

  • danzinski

    Look at Manning on the sideline acting like it’s everyone else’s fault.

  • chad

    I never liked Manning.  I know hes had a great career and all but I just dont like him.  Longwell kicks another.  Whatever  happened to our preseason kicker?  Is he in the league yet?

  • danzinski

    The Ravens signed him for kick-offs but I think they already cut him.

  • danzinski

    Peyton’s gonna start to cry.

  • danzinski

    Allison…Jesus

  • danzinski

    Harrison looks ready to shoot someone…again.

  • danzinski

    Paging Bernard Berrian.  Bernard Berrian are you in the building?

  • danzinski

    That was inevitable.

  • danzinski

    That was also inevitable.

  • 49ers

    Home town.. Show a little love.. Your guys are playin a hell of a game!!!!!!

  • danzinski

    The defense is.

  • danzinski

    Wow – a run on 3rd and 5.  Childress clearly has no faith in Jackson.

  • 49ers

    and Peterson and his line are what.. defense?

  • danzinski

    Peterson’s done almost nothing in the second half.

  • 49ers

    either way.. from an 8 an 8 season.. your guys are playin a hell of a game!! much respect.

  • 49ers

    gotta admit.. you guys could use a new OC.. terrible calls.

  • danzinski

    Yeah I’m not even going to try to guess what the thinking is on some of these.

  • 49ers

    too bad.. ’cause your players deserved that one.

  • chad

    #@#$$&&*(*!!

  • 49ers

    I’m not even a Vikings fan but i agree Chad.

  • sixrulers999

    Coach dumb shit should be fired before days end…..his play calling is the worst….he can look in the mirror for this loss and many more before this one….fire him!!!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    there we go viking fans. i proved my point. a short pass control qb would have one that game. my uncle said, hell brooks bollinger would have won that one in the clutch. jackson ain’t gettin it done….. so i still look like the idiot now…….yeah right….

  • vikingfanforlife777

    I am shocked with all the bad mouthing of Travaris. He is a great quarterback; if he was playing pee wee football. How can our Vikings owner put up with this! I have not seen such a pathetic Vikings coach in all of my years as a Vikings fan (over 40 years as a fan). Childress has been playing Travaris the last few years telling us he will be the great someday! How many more years of bad coaching and quarterbacking will be have to put with? I have not seen a bigger disappointment then Joey Harrington till I saw Traveris. After last weeks game Travaris said he was disappointed in himself. What does he have to say now!!! He has done nothing to help our team, just the competition! I hope the vikings defense does us a favor during the next practice  session and takes him out for the season, as Childress does not seem to get it!!! 

  • Vance the Vike

    OK Are we tired of hearing how T-Jaxoff  was 8-4 as a starter? It’s now 8-6 and going downhill fast. If you are in position for 5 FG’s (6 attempts) you should have more than 15 points. Jax- a -lot can’t move what should be at least an above average offense and can’t look beyond one reciever. This is BS! I don’t agree Bollinger could have done it but Gus proboly could. Shoot, I would even suffer with  Booty learning as we go down -cause he would at least learn. T-jax has gone as far as he will go-an NFL back-up.
    I sat in a sports bar and watched the game here in FL where there are fans from all over. They all look and talk to me with sympathy and one central theme. “This is a good looking team gone to waste cause your QB sucks!” I can do nothing but agree. One Jets fan said what I did before. Pennington has no long arm but he could have moved that offense down field and put some points in the end zone. He said we were idiots for not jumping to get him. Who knows?
    It all boils down to “do something now or soon before this good team goes to waste.
    And yes, the play calling is unimaginative and is trying to ride the AP bus. Mirror of Detroit and Sanders. Get a QB and a coach. Dare I say we call Daunte and give him a look. If I owned the team I look at anything in an attempt to salvage the season. Chris Sims??? Anything

  • Pedro

    I have been a Vikes fan all my life.. I am mexican, living in Mexico, I really spend money on being a fan cause you have to get expensive satellite equipment to get the complete season, it is frustrating to watch this kind of coach calls, 3rd. and five and call a run or the last offensive play 3rd and 3… and call the only passing play that had been “working”… everyone knew that one was coming. I started liking the Vikes with Cris and Antony Carter, with Steve Jordan, long plays, risking plays, play-action, and not this boring offensive calls… that the only thing that give you is the oppotunity to control the clock… what for?? why do we want to control the clock if we are not wining by 3 or 4 scores….  What about the receivers???? either they are bad or they don’t like the decision of keeping T-Jack on the starting team, I mean T-Jack is not the greatest quaterback.. but he is not that bad…. they kept the exact same receivers that dropped at least 3 passes last year… and hired another one that has already dropped 2 passes…. What about all the coaches we have let-go…?? They are all doing good in their teams…. and us… we have a coach that maybe good in detecting good runners or great talented layers but…. has no attitude to make the team do good…. Yesterday when the crowd started boo-ing the field goal calls, I didn’t feel bad… I thought the same…., the fans do not deserve to watch a team defeat themselves…. Colts didn’ win… Vikings coaches lost that game… if Childress wants to keep T-Jack on control of the offense… give him the opportunitty of at least show us he cannot complete 30% of the passes by passing more…. AD is a great player… a super great athlete but he cannot support all the weight on his shoulders and if we continue like this he will most likely ask to be taken out of the team and go to a team that has more possibility to be champions… Call Daunte, call Brian Bellick, call the ghostbusters but the only thing you should not do is to have faith that this play calling system (west coast offense or whatever it is) will ever work….