Minnesota Vikings vs San Diego Chargers: Week 3 game review

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Sep 27, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

  1. Kyle Rudolph‘s touchdown drop.  Teddy Bridgewater had a great throw that landed right in Rudolph’s hands during the second drive, but he was unable to haul in the score.  Teddy is criticized for his ability to throw touchdowns like that, so it hurt even more than not just getting points on the board.
  2. Teddy Bridgewater’s nervous beginnings.  Why does it always seem like the young QB comes out shaky every single week?  I’m surprised that Vikings don’t focus on the run every single week for the first drive or two just to let him calm his nerves or clear his head.
  3. Letting the clock run out before halftime.  I know 1:14 isn’t a ton of time, but with two time-outs left, they could have attempted to make their way down the field to score.  I didn’t like that call one bit and felt it was a weak move by the Vikings that could have resulted in some regrets.
  4. Scary injury to Xavier Rhodes.  Rhodes has been the most solid corner for the Vikings for a while now, but a collision with Andrew Sendejo on a long pass to Keenan Allen has the team treating him for a concussion.  This may force rookie Trae Waynes into a bigger role if he can’t return next week.
  5. Silly penalties.  A bad roughing the passer penalty and a unsportsmanlike call on the sideline were two unnecessary penalties.  Disciplined football is important, and the team is lucky these penalties didn’t hurt the team too bad, but it just can’t continue.

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