17 November 2008
PostGame Despair: Bucs 19 Vikes 13
The Vikes have a chance to be in the lead and sole possession of the NFC North. As a Viking fan good things usually do not happening to the Minnesota Vikings, we are not the Green Bay Packers after all. With the loss the Vikes endured on Sunday gives a 3 way tie for first place, but with the tie breaker rules and whatnot the Vikes are in third place technically.Let us get to the game.
The Vikings were unable to get to Jeff Garcia, he won this game with his legs. He was able to get away from the pass rush most of the game.He completed 23 of 30 passes for 255 yards, several of them while running like a chicken with its head chopped off.He was driving the defense crazy with the kind of throws in which he was competing. The pass rush just could not get to mobile Garcia, and made the Viking pay.
The Bucs were down by six, Garcia rallied his troops in the second half. The opening drive in the second half,was a touchdown drive to tie the game at 13. After that 5 plus minutes drive, the Vikes were in trouble. They could not keep the ball and the defense could not stop Bucs offense whatsoever. The Bucs dominated the Vikes on both sides of the ball.
The Bucs defense contained Adrian Peterson to 85 yards on 19 carries in three quarter, there was no rushing the fourth quarter.Gus Frerotte was 14-20, one passing TD to Bobby Wade and no INTs(holy crap for once). The receivers were held in check with no long gains, our long came with V-Shanck for a 23 yard reception.The offense as a unit was held down for the dominate Bucs defense.
The Viking shoot themselves in the foot once again this season.The 2 second half fumbles(Hick and Taylor). Both costly, the Taylor fumble sealed the deal for the Bucs. The story of the season the team had the chances to win this game, but failed to CAPITALIZE. This loss was a hard one to swallow.