Mark Craig's five extra points

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 28, 2013 - 1:17 AM

1. Packing a first-down punch

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comment229Oct. 28, 13 4:55 AM

Awfully good assessment of this team, but I will more/less argue one point. "Don’t feel too bad, Vikings fans. Your team isn’t the only NFC North squad that hasn’t a clue how to knock Rodgers’ rhythm off." Tell me all about the packer deep threat, and the simple answer is and was, there is no deep threat out there right now on that team; so why were the safeties again so far back that they were out of the camera picture when the plays were run? They needed to bring the safeties up to the line of scrimmage, and if nothing else, make Rodgers guess.... they didn't even try. We rushed four, who will never ever be confused with the famed purple people eaters. And when the two ends took outside rushes, darn near every single time, Rodgers knew all he had to do was decide which was to run, and did.... No, this was a coaching mistake. To do the same and not make adjustments, especially against Rodgers, is unforgivable.

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comment229Oct. 28, 13 4:58 AM

PS..... Could the front four get any worse on defense? Blame the defensive backs if you must, but I thought they did a pretty good job of staying with their guy. And Greenway covering Nelson? Take a good hard look at the play. The corner blitzed and Greenway was actually going the wrong way to cover Nelson. One more step and Greenway had no chance at covering him..... and he was gone. Greenway would have been better used to blitz along with the corner, and a safety should have come up close enough to cover Nelson. There was no pressure on Rodgers tonight, none.

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weneedbudOct. 28, 13 9:23 AM

Apparently Wilf really doesn't care about wins and losses especially now that he got his stadium but when is it time to end this joke of a team and fire Spielman, Frazier and all the other coaches? It is beyond embarrassing. I'm laughing at the team I've followed for 50 years!

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kenw1952wOct. 28, 1312:45 PM

I see where AD bought his offensive linemen each a new snowmobile. The money would've been better spent buying them new blocking dummies but I suppose that would've hurt their sensitive feelings. Unbelievable, 3 yrs after Favre and the Vikings still haven't blown this team up. Everyone talks about how bad this team is, all of it's defeciencies , holes to plug etc. but do the media jackals have the courage to put the focus and heat on Speilman? Doubtful, as usual guys like Paul Allen and Sid Hartman etc. will wait until after Speilman and Frazier are gone (thanks to the fans putting the heat on) before they have the courage to badmouth either Speilman or Frazier. Paul Allen might not get to rub shoulders with Viking's players etc. if he were to man up and call a spade a spade.

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