The season ended today on a seemingly appropriate note: With the Vikings looking hopeless on offense and listless on defense, and losing to the Detroit Lions. Five days after looking poised and efficient in leading the team to a huge win against the Eagles, Joe Webb reverted to the clueless rookie form he exhibited after replacing Brett Favre against the Bears. The Lions’ defense keyed on Adrian Peterson all day, getting huge penetration and holding the Vikings’ Pro Bowler to 31 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, the Vikings allowed too many long drives, looked horrible tackling and saw Shaun Hill absolutely tear up cornerback Frank Walker. The one bright spot was a Jared Allen pick-six on a zone blitz. As was the case for so much of the season, the offense simply couldn’t get on-track, placing too much pressure on a defense that can play well in spots but is no longer good enough to hold up consistently when playing without the lead. So, the season ends on a sour note. For the first time since 1990, the Vikings find themselves in last place at the finish. Bring on the off-season.
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