Notebook: Vikings express frustration

The Vikings weren't happy with their loss on Sunday, expressing frustration and embarrassment after the game. Plus, get more than 30 notes that help tell the tale of the game.

By all accounts, the Vikings had their best week of practice all season. They seemed poised to attempt to reclaim their 2010 season Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, but, after scoring the first three points of the game, they gave up the final 31 points of the game in blowout win that drops the Vikings to 3-7 and all but kills their playoff hopes.

The frustration was clear on the sidelines, where Ray Edwards got into a heated exchange with the cornerbacks in the second half and the Vikings looked as lifeless as they have in some time. Cornerback Antoine Winfield said that the best practices in the world couldn't make up for the dismal performance but in by the Vikings Sunday.

"I can tell you one thing – good practices are overrated," Winfield said. "Who cares if you go through the week making every catch and every interception? It doesn't really matter when you get out there on Sunday and lay an egg like we did today. I would rather have a bad practice every day than put out a performance like that."

Jared Allen shared the frustration that Winfield and other veteran players were feeling Sunday. By the time the game got to the middle of the fourth quarter, it had the look of a preseason game – with the starters from both the Vikings defense and the Packers offense watching the game from the sidelines, which made a bad situation worse for a competitor like Allen.

"It's tough, especially when you don't get to finish the game out," Allen said. "Win, lose or draw, you want to be out there and fight to the end. I'm just hoping it's not a sign of things to come – kind of laying down when we're getting beat. I think we need to scratch and claw. It was a testament to our backups that they kept them out of the end zone and played well, but it's hurtful and embarrassing to put this out in front of our home fans at the dome against a division rival. To come out and put this on tape is embarrassing."

Where the Vikings go from here is anyone's guess. It's easy to coast along and be happy during good times. It's difficult when bad times and adversity is all you're facing – something the Vikings have had much more than their share of in the lost season of 2010.

"Guys are frustrated," Winfield said. "But, right now isn't the time to be pointing fingers. Guys have to go out there and do their job and worry about that, instead of worrying about what everybody else is doing."

GAMEDAY NOTES

  • Sunday was the 100th meeting between the franchises. Green Bay holds 51-48-1 advantage after sweeping the Vikings this season.

  • The loss dampened what was hoped to be a festive mood with the induction of Hall of Famer John Randle in the Vikings.

  • The Vikings may have lost guard Anthony Herrera for the season with a knee injury. Herrera is scheduled for a MRI Monday, but head coach Brad Childress didn't sound optimistic that there will be any good news coming. He was replaced by veteran Ryan Cook, who played the final three-and-a-half quarters at right guard.

  • Chad Greenway suffered a right eye injury when he got poked in the eye in the first quarter. He was replaced by Heath Farwell, but returned in the second quarter and finished out the game. After the game, his eye was bloody and swelling shut, which should make the early part of this week interesting for the starting linebacker.

  • Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a mammoth game, completing 22 of 31 passes for 301 yards, four touchdowns and a passer rating of 141.3.

  • The last time the Vikings offense didn't score a touchdown at home was Oct. 30, 2006, when they lost 31-7 to the Patriots, with the only touchdown coming on a 71-yard punt return touchdown from Mewelde Moore.

  • The last time the Vikings didn't score a touchdown at home was Dec. 18, 2005, when the team lost 18-3 to the Steelers.

  • The Vikings got in the red zone just one time Sunday and had to settle for a field goal. Over the last 14 offensive red zone trips for the Vikings offense, they have scored just three touchdowns.

  • It was the first time in his career during the regular season that Rodgers threw four touchdowns.

  • On the flip side of things, Brett Favre had another brutal game, completing just 17 of 38 passes for 208 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of just 51.2.

  • Adrian Peterson is 20 yards shy of 1,000 yards for the season. He finished the game with 14 carries for 72 yards, but had just three rushing attempts in the second half.

  • Greg Jennings led the offensive attack for the Packers, becoming the fourth receiver in the last five games to top 100 yards in a game against the Vikings defense. He caught seven passes for 152 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.

  • Sidney Rice made his return to the lineup and played considerably more than many expected. Not only did he play, he was targeted 10 times and, to his own surprise, was on the field more than any other Vikings wide receiver.

    "I didn't expect to play that many plays," Rice said. "But I think I ended up having the most snaps at receiver. It happens like that sometimes."

  • The Vikings outgained the Packers on the ground despite having significantly fewer carries – the Vikings rushed 18 times for 93 yards and the Packers rushed 30 times for 91 yards.

  • The Vikings defense once again struggled badly on third down. A week after allowing the Bears to convert 60 percent of their third-down opportunities, the Packers converted eight of 15 third-down chances (53 percent). The Vikings made good on just four of 13 third downs on offense (31 percent).

  • The Packers were called for just one penalty for five yards in the game. The Vikings had six penalties for 50 yards.

  • Despite being knocked down nine times in the game, Favre was only sacked once – and that came when he scrambled and slid to a stop on his own, but, because it was for a loss, the closest Packers defender – linebacker Clay Matthews – was credited with a sack. The gift sack gives Matthews a league-best 11.5 sacks this season.

  • With nine minutes to play in the game, the fans cut loose with the loudest "Fire Childress!" chant of the season.

  • The Vikings momentarily had a second field goal during the game when Ryan Longwell connected on a 51-yard kick, but, as things went for the Vikings, it was negated by a 10-yard holding penalty on Jim Kleinsasser.

  • The Packers had eight drives of six plays or more of their 11 drives during the game, including seven of the last eight. The Vikings had the ball 12 times and had just five drives of six or more plays, including just three of the last nine.

  • According to reports inside the stadium, FOX television camera captured some arguments on the Vikings sidelines between players, highlighted by Edwards getting into an argument with Chris Cook.

  • The Vikings held the ball for 16:50 of the first half. In the second half, they had the ball on offense for just 10:04 of the second half.

  • On a key third-and-8 play on the first Green Bay drive of the second half, both Jared Allen and Kevin Williams were on the sidelines. Allen said he understands that the Vikings run a rotation, but he was scratching his head, why both he and Williams were on the sidelines

    "I don't make these calls around here," Allen said. "I just do what I'm told to do and let the chips falls where they do."

    As it turned out, the Packers would convert the first down and, two plays later, Rodgers would throw a 46-yard bomb to Jennings to make the score 24-3.

  • Both teams ran 32 plays in the first half, with the Packers gaining 201 yards and the Vikings gaining 167.

  • As bad as Favre's day was, it was even worse in the first half. While Rodgers completed 14 of 22 passes for 188 yards with two touchdowns and a passer rating of 121.0, Favre completed just eight of 17 passes for 96 yards with an interception and a passer rating of 40.3.

  • Rodgers had a perfect passer rating in the second half, completing eight of nine passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

  • In the first half, the Packers rushed just eight times, while the Vikings ran 14 times. In the second half, Green Bay ran the ball 22 times, while the Vikings rushed just four times.

  • Rice didn't have his first reception until 4:20 remained in the first half.

  • While Rice didn't have a big day – three catches for 56 yards – it was the best among Vikings receivers. Bernard Berrian started the game, but didn't have a reception. He played just two series after being active last week against the Bears but never taking the field.

  • Kevin Williams had to wonder who he ticked off in the equipment staff. His name was misspelled on his jersey, so, for one day anyway, his name was "Willaims."

  • The Packers won the opening toss and deferred to the second half. The Vikings almost made them pay for that decision, as Harvin came within a toe-tackle from breaking the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

  • Longtime Vikings trainer Fred Zamberletti sounded the ceremonial Gjallarhorn to bring the Vikings out onto the field Sunday.

  • The paid attendance was 64,120, the 133rd straight sellout at the Metrodome.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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