The Minnesota Vikings coaches and players admit that they were outplayed by the Seattle Seahawks during week 13 of the NFL season, but look to rebound for Thursday.
It was a brutal showing for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The injury depleted team seemed to be at the mercy of the Seattle Seahawks, who took this opportunity to humiliate the Vikings and blow them out in a nearly nationally televised game.
The 38-7 score doesn’t tell the whole story about how bad the game was. The Vikings offense didn’t pass the opposing 35-yard line on offense and allowed 9-13 conversions on third down as well as 433 total yards of offense to the Seahawks.
Following the game, the Minnesota Vikings players and coaches gave major respect to Seattle’s ability to take the boys in purple out of the game. Here is what they said according to an article on Vikings.com:
- Nov 29, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer looks on from the sideline during the game against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Vikings defeated the Falcons 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Zimmer: “We kind of got away from who we are a little bit once the score got to 14-0. Then threw an interception, it was a poor throw by Teddy [Bridgewater]. Then it was 21-0 at halftime. We still couldn’t get anything going offensively. We didn’t block good, we didn’t throw the ball good today.”
- Adrian Peterson: “I felt like we were out of sync. Definitely give credit to Seattle; they did a good job of coming in and forcing us to do things differently. They were just the better team. They were more aggressive, more physical, and they outcoached us as well.”
- Brian Robison: “Bottom line is their whole team made plays today and we didn’t.”
- Chad Greenway: “This week was brutal. Obviously we don’t want to put that product on the field of who we are. This was a game that we really needed to win.”
- Teddy Bridgewater: ” Hats off to Seattle, two-time defending NFC Champions. Those guys played some great football today. They did some things on defense that just stopped what we were doing. Sometimes we stopped ourselves today too.”
- Jarius Wright: “Honestly it just felt like we were kind of dead. I’m not familiar with the team that we were today. You can’t take anything away from the Seahawks, they’re a great team and a great defense and a great offense. So they did their thing today, and we didn’t play like the Vikings.”
The Minnesota Vikings won’t have much of an opportunity to turn things around. The team will have to face off against the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football in a contest that may even be a bigger game on a national stage. Hopefully, Minnesota can move on from this loss and be prepared for Thursday, but it will be a challenge for this young team to make corrections and get healthier in such a short period of time.