The Rushing Attack – Grade: C-
On any given week, the Vikings hitting 93 yards rushing would be a nice compliment to the passing attack. This week, it was 2 yards short… Not being able to get the 2 yards necessary for a first down on 2 tries is disgusting. Anybody else missing AP right about now? Those 2 plays the Minnesota Vikings didn’t look hungry enough. Again, weak offensive line play does play a role in this, but nobody stood up, nobody stood out, nobody punched back and the end result was getting beat down by, in so many ways, an inferior Philadelphia Eagles squad.
Not saying the Vikings wide receivers did anything special to help the cause, but any dynamic running game would have slowed the pressure on Bradford. The Minnesota Vikings cannot play this way again or they may see another QB go on to IR.
The Ball Hawking Defense- Grade: B
If not for a couple big penalties, the game would have felt different and the grade would have been a low A. The leagues best defense gave up only 13 points, good enough where any offense should have been able to control this game, again not last Sunday. Forcing 4 turnovers and bring an interception deep in the redzone, is usually something that happens for the WINNING team. The biggest part of this defense being a team first defense, was the players on defense not blaming the offense, but supporting them.
The ability to look past the offensive ineptitude and say that next week will be better, as opposed to pointing fingers, should scare Minnesota Vikings upcoming opponents. This loss falls not onto the defense, again they proved to be elite. Hopefully the offense does not let them become a great defense lost in a sea despair and angst. Veterans Greenway and Newman have both said they may be hanging up their cleats after this season. Let’s see the offense come out and back up this special defense and put them back in a position to control the NFC from here on out, and not leave the defense as a footnote in history books.