There is NO confidence in this team BY this team. The line is better than they played, and I think its due to the sinking feeling it might not matter. Did you see the broncos OL with Tebow then Manning? It's like its 2 different lines...THAT'S what confidence gives your team.
The Defense seemed to play (in my opinion) like they had to take chances to make a BIG difference. They didn't play like they were after a 3-and-out; they played like it was the fourth quarter with 2 minutes left and they were down by 2 scores. Lack of confidence in your offense does crazy crap to the defense.
Personally, I think we need to see if Cassel is the guy from New England, or the guy from KC. It's the only hope for this season. Otherwise, play to lose and get a new QB in next year's draft.
I believe someone may have mentioned this but Peterson tends to run to his right. Doesn't make a lot of sense to run play action without a play to set it up. Also, Ponders play fake... is horrible. He sticks it out and pulls it back before the mesh point.
Originally Posted by C Mac D
I hear ya, but I had to fix something you said.
Originally Posted by kevoncox
My wife walked up behind me while I was watching Ponder in action, and said, "Why did it look like he was falling down there? Did the RB bump into him?"
Originally Posted by PackSux!
I replied, "no, he was handing the ball off. He did better there, actually."
I have to respectfully ask, what evidence can you provide that suggests the D was not good or terrible? I am not being a dick, I really want to know. Unlike Marrdro, I will hear both sides.
Originally Posted by Caine
The Bears scored 24 points on offense. Not a large number but lets look how they got most of those yards.
Hester broke his own franchise record for single-game kickoff return yards with 249.
Forte running for 90 yards is not gashing our D or running "roughshod".
Our D created 4 turnovers and scored 1 TD. That is a very good day and in fact NFL network mentioned how we were a top 5 D this week. I agree.
As for our OL, ok maybe they were not good but they were not bad nor did they suck. Peterson is still the #3 rusher in the league. Nobody can complain that he is not ripping off 200 yard games. The problem is Ponder. He is slow with his progression (if he even decides to make any) and can't find the open WR. Hell the announcers were mentioning all day the missed WRs and him staring down WRs. That would make any OL look bad.
Ponder so far:
Originally Posted by marstc09
Poor pre-snap reads
Can't find open receivers
Takes off when pressured
Can't get the ball out quickly/slow release
Off target passes on lateral moving players
Stares down the primary receiver/does not look off defenders
This is the line on Ponder. He plays like a rookie from a small college - not a third year quarterback from Florida State. EJ Manuel, Ponders replacement at Florida State and a rookie in the NFL, is outplaying Ponder this season, and Manuel does not have the reigning NFL MVP in the backfield.
We took a shot at the end zone once. It resulted in a touchdown. Why not toss one up to Rudolph when we get inside the 30?
Originally Posted by Purple Floyd
Then, the rest of the game we never went for the end zone again. Although, to be fair, Wright dropped an easy screen pass that likely would have resulted in a TD or first and goal from the 1.
The end of the game really bothered me. If you're going to try to run out the clock, I wouldn't agree with the decision, but at least run it three times then. But no, we wait until third down to give up and try to run out the clock, even though the Bears hadn't been able to stop us. So they had an eternity to march down the field and win the game and they still had a time out.
I saw hope in this game. Button up the KO coverage and we win.
On point I'd like to make that been bugging the shit out of me............
I know its blasphemy, but AD's running drives me up a tree. He cuts back into the teeth of the defense constantly. Seems like he's unwilling to take and extra 4-5 yds in hope of getting one more cut to break it for 50.
In particular...... the play where he reversed field, had the lef side wide open then cut back into the pursuit, before slipping to the turf. Drive killer.
As it stands, those cut-backs you are talking about are the only long range threats the Vikings have. Until Ponder can threaten a big play, I'll take the AD cut-backs and hope...
Originally Posted by Suick