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Monday Morning Aftermath: Buccaneers vs. Vikings

September 19, 2011

Despite a strong first half on offense and defense, the Vikings succumbed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers second half surge, losing the game 24-20.

Adrian Peterson…Most Of The Day

Adrian Peterson continues to amaze. On 25 carries Sunday, he rumbled for 120 yards and two touchdowns. At this point in Peterson’s career, I really shouldn’t be surprised when a defender bounces off of him in the open field, but I cannot help but watch in awe as he stiff-arms his way to big play after big play.

The Vikings offensive line looked the part today as well. The unit was able to sustain blocks and push to the second level of the Tampa Bay defense, but in the fourth quarter, when it mattered most, the Vikings needed more than Adrian Peterson.

The Missing Piece

As good as Peterson was, the rest of the offense looked flat. Percy Harvin put together a decent day with 7 catches for 76 yards, but no other receiver logged more than 3 receptions. Without another weapon to defend against, teams will continue to approach Adrian Peterson with a bend-but-don’t-break philosophy. Without a complement to Peterson, the Vikings offense simply has not shown they can put together four quarters of quality football.

Two Halves, Two Different Stories

The Vikings defense was spectacular in the first half. Allowing just two first downs and zero points, the team looked unstoppable. After halftime, however, the defense wore down and Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman converted multiple third downs with his arm and legs. Freeman’s clutch play, coupled with a handful of Vikings mistakes, proved too costly for the Purple’s defense down the stretch.

Unable To Close

The Vikings left the field at halftime to a cheering crowd and a 17-0 lead. After only managing a field goal in the entire second half, however, the home crowd turned on their team. For the second week in a row, the Vikings were unable to put a team away in the third and fourth quarters. Someone on offense has to step up or this could be another disappointing season for the Vikings. Until offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave finds a player not named Peterson to make plays, this offense will continue to be one-dimensional and unable to adjust to opponents’ defensive schemes.

Up Next?

Minnesota will have their work cut out for them as they welcome a red hot Detroit Lions team to the Metrodome. A win over a division opponent would do a lot to right the 2011 ship, but another loss at home would put the team at 0-3 and searching for answers.

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