Yesterday’s loss was one of the most frustrating in recent Vikings history. The Purple looked like they were in charge of things in the first half, then everything went wrong in the second half and the game slipped away. Jared Allen realizes the loss was a bit of a choke-job. He told reporters:
It’s tough because we gave the game away. Obviously, credit goes to them, but I don’t think they did enough to beat us. Turnovers killed us. … We had chances to win the game and we just didn’t capitalize on it. We’ve got to start finishing opponents off. We get stuck in these fistfights that come down to the last minute, and it doesn’t need to be that way. We are capable of going out and dominating a team, and it’s about time we start doing that.
Notice that Jared mentioned the turnovers, but didn’t mention the problems he and the defensive line had containing Jeff Garcia, who scrambled around like Fran Tarkenton making huge plays and basically winning the game for Tampa. I sort of agree with Jared that the Bucs didn’t play that great a game overall – but the one guy who did play great was Garcia, and Jared was one of the men responsible for letting that great game happen. The D-line has been a strength of this team all year but yesterday was not a proud day for them.