Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: Week 7 game review

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Oct 25, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) points for a first down during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

  1. Letting Calvin Johnson get a fast start.  To allow Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson the opportunity to drive down the field from the start and get in the endzone almost effortlessly is a bad way to start the game against a team that is so dangerous offensively.  Minnesota needed to set the tone with that series, and were unable to.
  2. Minnesota Vikings red zone offense.  Seriously, scoring touchdowns is okay.  You can’t settle for field goals and give up touchdowns while expecting to win the game.  This is already a team that relies on their defense to keep games low-scoring, but this is just not acceptable with all these weapons.
  3. Adrian Peterson’s fumbles.  Minnesota’s franchise running back has been struggling to hold on the ball this year.  Even though this fumble was credited to Bridgewater on the handoff, that kind of miscommunication can’t happen on routine plays.  The Vikings will need to tighten that up.
  4. He’s just not a starter.  Listen, I really like Andrew Sendejo.  Great special teamer and solid backup.  But I’m struggling to see him as a starting caliber safety next to Harrison Smith.  I know there aren’t better options out there right now, but an upgrade there should be a priority this offseason.
  5. Offensive line play…again.  I hate to keep harping on it, but this squad is really struggling to both protect Bridgewater and open up running lanes.  There were times that it looked like the entire line were dominoes around the quarterback, falling together in a disappointing rhythm.  Not good.

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