Anyone who had any doubt that the Vikings were done for the season can now put their last shred of hope to bed. Today, the Vikings came out, dropped their pants and allowed themselves to be paddled by the Packers. The final score of 31-3 will stand alongside the infamous 41-0 score in the 2000 NFC Title Game as a low-point in Vikings lore.
Aaron Rodgers proved once-and-for-all that he has climbed out of Brett Favre’s shadow and now stands along as on of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. Rodgers was pressured some early, but then the Packers abandoned their short passing game and started attacking deep, ripping apart a garbage Vikings’ secondary. Rodgers finished with 301 yards on 22-of-31 passing with 4 touchdowns and no picks, a completely dominating performance.
Rodgers’ opposite number, Brett Favre, was not nearly as good. Yes Favre was pressured, but even when he had time and found open receivers, his passes were not even close to on-the-mark. It certainly looked like the last gasp for Favre’s career. If he can’t get himself wound up and play a good game against his old team the Packers, what’s to make us think he can motivate himself to go out there against the Redskins, the Vikings’ next opponents?
The speculation will now begin about Favre’s future, and about the future of Brad Childress, who once again watched his team fail to execute offensively and defensively. Chilly does not deserve the whole blame for the failure, but there is plenty to criticize in his game-plan, which once again under-utilized Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin, two of the most dynamic players in the NFL. It now seems that Chilly has no clue how to turn this situation around. To make matters worse, several Vikings players were seen trading words on the sidelines, including Ray Edwards and Chris Cook, who reportedly had to be separated at one point. And adding injury to insult, Anthony Herrera, arguably the Vikings’ most consistent offensive lineman this year, had to leave the game with a leg injury.
With one game, the Vikings’ tumultuous season turned into an utter disaster. The next week figures to be full of madness again. The madness could include Brad Childress’ firing and Brett Favre’s retirement.