The Vikes most of the game have looked flatter than the Great Plains most of the game. They showed little life most of the game against the Broncos. There was not life in them until they entered the 4th quarter of play. It was not until the Vikes trailed 19-3 until they did anything about it. After that point, the Vikes offense had no problem passing against the Broncos zone defense. Tarvaris Jackson was completing pass after pass in the two scoring drives in the fourth quarter. Tavaris Jackson had two touchdown passes to Bobby Wade and two 2-point conversions he ran in for successful conversions to tie the game up at 19 all. That is how the game lasted until the overtime period. The Vikes lucked out for a moment and had the ball first. Tarvaris Jackson fumbled the ball away DEEP in their own territory. The play was under review, but it was not even close. Denver recovered the ball cleanly. The 1st play Denver kicked the ball for a 30 yard field goal behind the trusty leg of Jason Elam. That ended the game with the Broncos on top 22-19.
It was unbelievable the run late in the game the Vikes did put on. Most of the game it was difficult to listen to them doing their usual shooting themselves in the foot. The offense was in great rhythm, but the Vikes had so many miscues throughout the game for them to overcome. The first but not the last was the Chester Taylor fumble while he was trying to score a TD. Of course there was Troy Williamson and his dropped passes he had in the game. The one that hurt the most was the one he dropped when he burned the Bronco defended. Tarvaris saw that he was WIDE open and he delivered to him and it fell right through his hands. This would have been a 73 yard touchdown from Tarvaris to Williamson.
With the inability for Adrian Peterson to ran the ball as of late has been hard to watch\listen to. Sure it was exciting seeing him burning defenses early in the season. I hope that he returns to his pre-knee injury form next season. On defense, the secondary was shows everyone why they are one of the worst against the pass. The passing was nonstop against the Purple Pride. With this game the Broncos were able to run easily against the Vikes. With the mistackles on defense something that the fans were not accustomed to see from the Vikes most of the season.
The penalty that hurt the worst was the illegal hands to the face in the end zone by Ryan Cook , by rule is a safety. This games sums up the season pretty much, with the inconsistency of the offense and the defense “pass protection” we could not get the job done when we needed it.
All I wanted from the Vikes was improvement and they showed me that in 8-8. It gives me hopes for this team next season. Now for the offseason!!