Three first downs. More than three dropped passes. No blocking. What does that equate to? A loss, a sweep by the Packers and an end to any playoff hopes. Just an awful effort by the offense today.
Luckily for the future, it wasn't Tarvaris play that kept the Vikings from moving the ball. He was getting the ball to his receivers when he had time. And while he was having problems feeling where to move in the pocket, his line's poor play would have caused even Peyton Manning problems. He'll figure that stuff out as he plays more. If Tarvaris had gotten some help, he would have been able to generate enough offense for the win (enough offense meaning one single field goal). Instead, the O-Line wasn't opening any holes for the running backs, wide receivers were dropping balls left and right (I don't really want to discuss Troy Williamson's drop after talking him up on Wednesday) and everyone and their mother was getting penalized.
And so, once again, the Vikings lost due to offensive ineptitude. As I've said before, if the offense had managed to be even mediocre against the 49ers, Bears and Dolphins, the Vikings would have locked up a playoff spot already. I guess it's fitting that the loss that eliminates from playoff contention was due to their offense being shut out by the second worst scoring defense in the NFL.
The Vikings have now been in existence for 46 years. They have yet to win a championship in that time. Only the Eagles, Cardinals and Lions have gone longer without without a championship. All three, however, have won championships.
[And I know it's kind of a bad time, but I just wanted to wish everyone who stops by here a Happy Holidays. I really appreciate everyone that reads my stuff, and especially those who join in the discussion.]