Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks: Week 13 game review

4 of 5

Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a referee picking up a penalty flag during the second quarter of the game between the Kansas City Chiefs against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Interesting

  1. Has deferring the coin flip ever worked? I mean, why even go out there for the coin flip if you’re just going to let the opponent choose receive. Just say “we’ll kick”. That’ll save time and not make it look like your magician uncle who can’t hide his tricks well at all.
  2. You can push a wide receiver down in the quarterback is outside the pocket?  While I know that you can jam a receiver inside 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, the announcers seem to believe that you can shove down a pass catcher as soon as the quarterback leaves the pocket. Interesting.
  3. No offsides penalty? With a Seattle player jumping offsides, Minnesota thought they had a free play. Bridgewater heaved the ball to the end zone, but the flag was for an illegal shift. That could have been a horrible play for the Vikings, but would we have noticed with all the other awfulness?
  4. Brian Robison‘s sack turned penalty.  On a play where Russell Wilson was acting like he wasn’t down, Robison sacked the quarterback and held on to his leg as he was attempting to run away. Not sure what danger that was causing to Wilson or why it was a 15 yard penalty, but it really took the air out of the defense.
  5. Phantom OPI call on Jarius Wright. This was the head-scratcher of the day. Wright was being held down the field in the same direction the play was going. Not sure what the ref saw to throw the flag, but it was one of those plays that just seemed to throw gasoline on this dumpster fire of a game.

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