That's about what happened Sunday, as the Vikings created their own problems from early in the first quarter until the score was essentially out of control in the second half of a 28-10 pounding. Allen's words six days before the game turned prophetic.
"We can't allow what has happened in years past to happen again. We get up in there, first half seems to be a blitzkrieg of crap not going our way," Allen said. "And we scratch our way back into it in the second half and we give up another big play to put it out of reach. So, we have to be consistent."
The Vikings (6-5) were anything but consistently good, and the problems were all over the field. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier listed the issues at the outset of his post-game press conference.
"Very disappointing game. We didn't execute like we needed to on the road in order to win against a good football team," Frazier said. "We struggled in a number of areas. We wanted to be better on third down on offense and defense. We wanted to be better in the red zone on third down on offense and defense. We did not get that done. They made a couple plays on special teams as well. It's not the kind of performance you need when you're on the road in the division."
One of those failures came in the fourth quarter when the Vikings were facing third-and-2. Knowing they were in four-down territory because of the score and time – down 28-10 early in the fourth quarter – the Vikings tried a pass to Jarius Wright in the end zone that he dropped and Michael Jenkins that Ponder overthrew while under pressure.
"We thought we had some plays that would get us what we wanted and we fell short," Frazier said. "You can second-guess and say we should have did that and should have did that. We thought we had some good plays called."
The Vikings' other red zone failure came on a 30-yard field goal attempt that was blocked.
"Some of that had to do with the type of passes they were throwing. There was a lot of boots and underneath stuff, not a lot of shots down the field," Frazier said. "Credit their quarterback and their offensive line."
"It's very difficult to win on the road against a team that thrives off of turnovers and you turn it over at inopportune times, like we did today," Frazier said. "It's hard to overcome sometimes."
With Percy Harvin inactive for the second straight game because of an ankle injury, rookie receiver Jarius Wright was targeted 10 times, catching seven of them for 49 yards, but his third-down drop in the back of the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter was big one.
It was one of many dropped passes for Vikings receivers, but none had a worse day than Jerome Simpson. He was targeted five times, catching only one pass for 1 yard and dropping three passes.
In seven games active, Simpson has been targeted 27 times and has only 12 catches for 138 yards. Despite another lackluster performance from Simpson, Frazier said he isn't losing confidence in the speedy receiver that the Vikings signed to a one-year, $2 million contract.
"Oh, no. No, no. Nope. Not losing faith in Jerome," Frazier said.
Frazier said he isn't sure when Harvin will be able to return.
PLAYOFF RACE REMAINS TIGHT
While the Vikings fell to 6-5, they didn't fall out of the playoff race.
They entered the game tied with Seattle and Tampa Bay at 6-4, the sixth-best records in the NFC, but both of those teams had the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over the Vikings. That meant Minnesota would have been out of the playoffs, seeded eighth, if they started after 10 games.
Fortunately for the Vikings, both Seattle (vs. Miami) and Tampa Bay (vs. Atlanta) were also losers on Sunday.
Following Sunday afternoon's games, the Green Bay Packers (7-3), Seahawks (6-5), Bucs, (6-5) and Vikings (6-5) were the only teams with winning records in the NFC that weren't leading their division.
Seattle got further bad news when it was learned that CBs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are facing four-game suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN's Adam Shefter.
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