Drew Brees showed just how far away the Vikings are from being an elite team in the NFL – starting with the quarterback position. While Drew Brees was carving up the Vikings like a Christmas ham – completing 32 of 40 passes (80 percent) for 412 yards, five touchdowns and a passer rating of 149.2 – Christian Ponder was again looking like an overwhelmed rookie.
Ponder struggled badly, completing 14 of 31 passes for 120 yards and a passer rating of 63.9. Most of his yards came at garbage time with the Vikings hopelessly behind and at a time when Brees had already called it a day.
For the Vikings defense, it has become a source of frustration that they feel good coming into games and have the old feeling that worked so well for them in 2008-09, but hasn't materialized over the last two years.
"I don't know what the problem is," Greenway said. "We're having such good weeks of practice. We come into the games so ready and prepared that we're really confident. In a lot of games we've been close and this week we had another great week of practice. The frustrating thing is that we're just not making any plays."
The Saints were able to dominate time of possession, holding the ball for almost 39 of the game's 60 minutes. The Saints had three touchdown drives of 10 plays or more, including a massive 19-play drive that ate up more than 10-and-a-half minutes in the second half.
"We weren't making plays and they were," Kevin Williams said. "You can't keep giving a team as good on offense as they are too many chances. We did that and good teams take advantage of those opportunities."
In the end, the frustration of a 2-12 season has the Vikings wondering when things will ever get back on track.
"We're just not good enough as a team, as a group – offense, defense and special teams," Greenway said. "From your No. 1 to the last guy on the roster, we're just not good enough. It's as simple as that."
In the process, the Vikings gained more respect for Brees. To the point that, when they vented some frustration, they got nothing but agreement from the Saints O-linemen.
"You've got to give him (Brees) a lot of credit," Williams said. "One of our guys told (one of the Saints offensive linemen), ‘You guys suck without that quarterback' and he said ‘We know.'"
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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