Week 17: Minnesota Vikings 14, Detroit Lions 13- Post Game Thoughts

Neither of these teams had anything to play for going into this game (besides the fact that Minnesota may have wanted to win their final home game at Mall of America Field), and you could tell in this one.  There wasn’t a whole lot of offense outside of a huge Cordarrelle Patterson touchdown run and neither Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson played in this one.  So there was not a ton of allure to this contest.  Anyways the Vikings did a good job finishing the season off with a win.  Unfortunately for them it was not enough to save Leslie Frazier’s job in Minnesota.  Frazier was fired on “Black Monday” following the team’s disappointing 5-10-1 season.  Jim Schwartz met the same fate following a nasty December collapse and a 7-9 campaign.  Essentially, this was a game in which neither team was all in to winning.  Of course you never want to lose, but there are situations where you may not necessarily care if you win.  This was one of those contests.  At the very least, Matthew Stafford played better.  He threw one touchdown pass and was not intercepted in this game.  Matt Cassel threw a touchdown pass (to the dynamic Patterson) and was intercepted once.  I guess the biggest difference in this game was the fact that the Vikes could run the ball and the Lions could not.  Matt Asiata, who ran for 51 yards on 30 carries two weeks ago, toted the rock 14 times for 115 yards in this game, showing the explosiveness he lacked in his last start.  The Vikings, as a team, ran the ball for 174 yards while Detroit ran it for just 63 yards.  Big discrepancies like that help describe why a team loses on the road.  Simply put, the Lions were not the better team on Sunday and that is sad considering the fact that they are one of the most talented teams in the league.


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