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Vikings Vent 9-15

Q: What did the Vikings defense do so effectively to limit the Colts for most of Sunday’s game?

It was nice to see Jared Allen break out of his shell, even though it was only Game 2.  He had his first sack as a Minnesota Viking and it seemed as though he was all over the place, disrupting Peyton Manning's timing and keeping him on his heels through most of the game.  We had a key interception by Antoin Winfield early in the game, which gave our offense excellent field position.  In turn, it only led to three points, which was the story of this game, but I won't go there!  Holding Manning to 86 yards in the first half and keeping their running game non-existent was by no means a small accomplishment with that high-powered offense. The Vikings defense played exceptional and they should have been rewarded by having one in the win column but were denied that W because of our non-existent passing game.

— Brandon Weick

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Q: If you could replace one person in the organization, who would it be?

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If I could replace one person in the Vikings organization it would be Brad Childress.  He has an inflated opinion of himself when it comes to coaching.  He probably rubbed his hair off patting himself on the head.  His replacement could put Tarvaris Jackson as our second string quarterback; he'd be OK there, and we'd use Gus Frerotte until a No. 1 could be found. John David Booty could be developed for the future.  The rest of the positions are pretty much in place and it's a shame  not to reap the benefits from their talents.

I hope there will be a change of some kind soon, but I really don’t expect one.

— Audrey Christison

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Q: Vent about the Vikings’ loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.

Wow. Brad Childress, please allow me to offer your Vikings a new mantra:  Finish Something! Great ball-control offense leads to five field goals?  Finish the drive.

The defense stands tough all day, then allows a 20-yard pass on thirrd down with time running out? Finish the stop. As it was Sunday, it would appear the only thing finished with authority was approximately 60,000 dome dogs and a few cold drinks.

The bad news? The Purple let a perfectly winnable game get away. The good news?  

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The Vikes are only two games out of first place. With a bit of creative play calling this team has the ability to finish something.

It's time.

— Tom O’Leary

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Let's call Sunday's game "Meltdown in the Metrodome." If you would have told me the Vikings would shut out the Colts in the first half, hold Indy to 25 yards rushing and intercept Peyton Manning twice and still lose, I'd say you were crazy! Not to mention Adrian Peterson's 160 yards on the ground. That's what happens when the Vikings offense can't find the end zone. After a phenomenal performance by the defense in the first half, Manning lead the Colts to 18 unanswered points. The Vikings let this one get away and now face an uphill battle at 0-2. It doesn't get any easier with 2-0 Carolina coming to town.

— Nate Zempel

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After watching a 15-0 lead slip away, I could, as our quarterback lamented, "Get mad, throw a chair, whatever. It really doesn’t matter, we’ve just got to go out there and execute." So I exact this critique in simple terms. The Vikings lost because they couldn’t score a touchdown. If they score a TD, they win. Case dismissed. But because Post-Bulletin readers want more, I will bring up some crucial statistics. The Vikings lost because they are horrendous on third down. They went 2-13 on third down. AP accounted for 60 percent of the offense and averaged more yards per play than his quarterback. Let’s get some semblance of a passing game, do a better job of getting manageable third downs, and rely on something besides Ryan Longwell’s leg and maybe we win next week.

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— Joe Dolence

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