The season flashed before the Vikings eyes early today against the Cardinals, when Brett Favre threw a pick to Kerry Rhodes that looked like it was going for a touchdown. But Greg Camarillo, in a heroic effort, chased Rhodes down from behind, forcing a fumble that bounced out of the end zone for a touchback. That play may have saved the Vikings’ season and Brad Childress‘ job.
Or maybe not. Because since then, the Vikings’ defense has gone in the tank the same way they did in the second half against the Patriots last week. A combination of poor coverage and hideous tackling allowed Arizona to score in the two minute drill, giving them a 14-10 lead going into the half.
Coach Brad Childress has been the focus of Vikings’ fans anger all week, but maybe some of that should now be focused at Leslie Frazier and his defensive personnel, who have not distinguished themselves the last four quarters.
Offensively, it was an up-and-down half for the Vikes. Brett Favre hit some big plays to Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson, leading to 10 points. Another four points could’ve been scored had Toby Gerhart not fallen down after a beautiful swing pass from Favre in the red zone. “Close but no cigar” has been the story of the Vikes all season, and that is continuing today. Now, on to the second half. I don’t need to remind you that the Vikes have not been very good in the second half lately.
Actually, they’ve been horrid.