Well that was fun.
77 yards and a 24-0 deficit at that half. A 38-13 final score. And that score doesn't even come close to describing how badly the Panthers dominated the Vikings.
First factor in Daunte going out with a knee injury, possibly for the season And for those of you who are happy with that, well, did you see Brad Johnson throw the ball? His passes were higher than Onterrio Smith if he had Glaucoma. (With metaphors like that, the Star Tribune should give me my own column)
And don't forget about Tice and Cottrell allowing Steve Smith to embarrass Smooty Smoot Smoot all over the field. Seriously, you'd think at some point that the coaches would realize Smoot didn't have a chance of covering Smith. I mean, Smith had 153 receiving yards and a touchdown at the half--the only times he didn't catch the ball was when Delhomme wanted to involve other people or when Smoot tackled him prior to the play. I hear other head coaches make adjustments to their game plan during the game. I wonder if Zygi can get us one of those coaches for next year.
And to cap it all off, our vaunted 3-4 defense was so dominate, the Panthers didn't have to punt until the third quarter was almost over and even then, it was only because they weren't trying anymore.
If this were college football, the student section would have been chanting "Season's Over" at the Vikings as they left the field. And they'd have been right.
Let's look at the bright side for a second now--at least we aren't in last place. Thanks to Brett Favre's implosion and a wacko fan running onto the field and taking the ball away from ol' number four as he dropped back, the Packers lost in Cincinnati. And watching Favre's bizarre fake snap, QB draw and underhand pass at the first down marker to end the game was high comedy. I'm thinking it might be time for Favre to hang up his spikes, since he seems to have lost his grasp of the basic rules of football.