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    A familiar complaint: Vikings offense too predictable

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...le-on-offense/

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal

    Vikings fans excited to escape the Brad Childress era were horrified to learn that this year’s offense looked even more predictable, at least for the season opener.

    The team ran the ball 15 out of 19 times on first down, including five of six times in the second half. The Chargers crowded the line of scrimmage, but the Vikings never adjusted.

    “They were stacking the line of scrimmage,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “When that happens, you’ve got to take advantage down the field.”

    The Vikings barely ever tried. They threw one deep pass all day. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes Donovan McNabb didn’t complete a pass to a tight end. In the second half, the team had 26 total yards on 17 plays.

    McNabb took most of the criticism, but Mark Craig believed the offensive line was the team’s biggest problem.

    “Well, for one week, particularly one half of one week, the offensive line at least bordered on train-wreck bad. . . . The pass protection was horrendous, even when the Vikings went to max protect,” Craig wrote.

    Adrian Peterson said on PFT Live that he was well aware how strong the NFC North looked going into the season. After the Lions, Packers, and Bears swept three NFC South teams, the division looks even better.

    Minnesota needs to be less predictable on offense quickly or the Vikings will get left behind.

    Sorry Rick! Keep up the good work.

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    as the Talking Heads once said.."same as it ever was"

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    I actually thought it was a combination of predictable situation calling (running damn near every first down) and ridiculous "unpredictable" plays.

    They tried to hard to run the ball with Percy and to get Webb a couple of Wildcat plays in the name of being "unpredictable" while then reverting back to the same old crap on almost every other play.

    Taking ONE shot downfield is simply unacceptable in the NFL. They had a lead and the ball plenty of times, they should have taken some shots and see what happens.

    Also, I guess they are keeping three QBs active every week with no emergency QB? That is not a good use of roster space. There is no reason for Ponder and Webb to be active.

    They are trying too hard in my opinion to try and change it up with Wildcat and end around stuff instead of just taking some deep shots and medium range shots with the downfield passing game.

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    It's going to be a long season. Our offensive line looks like it was put together at a junk yard, which is the worst possible position to put a mediocre QB like McNabb in. The guy is already a bad QB, put him behind our OL and you get the performance you saw Sunday. Truly pitiful.

    We should really just move forward with Webb or Ponder. I think it would make the games more exciting to watch at least... I mean, we were still in that game on Sunday despite our QB play, so why not? The team as a whole looks pretty good, we just need some good play-calling and new blood at the QB position.

    And honestly, this team looks like it's not gonna be in Minnesota much longer.

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    So we need to run it more then? Maybe we just give the ball to AP every single play and SB here we come

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Floyd View Post
    So we need to run it more then? Maybe we just give the ball to AP every single play and SB here we come
    Not necessarily, just saying I would rather watch our young QBs play than watch McNabb's career continue to tumble.

    If McNabb is in the game, we have no choice but to run the ball. His lack of skill coupled with our lack of playmakers at the WR position, it's tough to get the offense in rhythm.

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    I miss 2009 Favre and Rice

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    Seems there is a Adrian Ratio. Just because the team stupidly spent a insane amount of money on a running back does not mean you must constantly give him the ball.

    Some of our best looking moments against San Diego was when we used Harvin. He is the guy that needs a lot more touches along with our TE's. Instead we force feed Adrian and watch him run up the back of his blockers.

    Really no surprise that the best the team has looked was with Favre when we passed to open up the running game despite Chilly fighting against it (against Chicago). This league has evolved and has morphed into a passing league yet here our clueless management is trying to succeed with a running team even though the offensive line is subpar.

    Brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freakout View Post
    Seems there is a Adrian Ratio. Just because the team stupidly spent a insane amount of money on a running back does not mean you must constantly give him the ball.

    Some of our best looking moments against San Diego was when we used Harvin. He is the guy that needs a lot more touches along with our TE's. Instead we force feed Adrian and watch him run up the back of his blockers.

    Really no surprise that the best the team has looked was with Favre when we passed to open up the running game despite Chilly fighting against it (against Chicago). This league has evolved and has morphed into a passing league yet here our clueless management is trying to succeed with a running team even though the offensive line is subpar.

    Brilliant.
    It seems like now teams use a lethal passing game to open up the run. I'd rather have a kick ass passing game than a smash mouth running game...At least with a great passing attack your team has a chance when behind. Seems like when our power running offense falls behind we're done for. As a Vikings fan over the years I've learned to dread the second half.

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    Bill Musgrave really looked awful in the first game. That being said, it was his first game with the new offense. I'll give him one free pass for that one. If it happens again this week at home, I will start to worry.

    Sorry Rick! Keep up the good work.

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