Looking for some encouragement after the Vikings’ 23-16 loss to Philadelphia? Don’t look here. That game had 2006 Vikings written all over it, and I don’t mean the team that got off to a 4-2 start. Not sure if anybody else who was in attendance agrees but there were periods of the game were things just looked flat on the home sideline.
Considering Brad Childress was facing his good friend and former boss in Andy Reid and the Vikings entered the game with a 2-4 record it’s hard to believe there would be a lack of enthusiasm. That, however, seemed to be the case — at least watching things from the press box.
So where does this team go now? Possible to find a quarterback or at least a backup. Kelly Holcomb almost certainly will miss at least a week, if not more, after suffering a neck injury Sunday, and it’s unclear if the broken index finger on Tarvaris Jackson’s throwing hand will be healed for next week’s game against San Diego.
There also is the issue of putting Jackson back under center with the team struggling. The guess here is the home fans could turn pretty nasty if Jackson plays and struggles against San Diego. Brooks Bollinger seems to be the likely starter at this point.
Bollinger got high marks from his teammates for his performance Sunday. He completed seven of 10 passes for 94 yards and had a 99.6 quarterback rating after replacing Holcomb in the third quarter.
Following Sunday’s loss, the Vikings locker room didn’t seem to have nearly the frustration that was evident late last season. Safety Darren Sharper, however, had some interesting comments. Here they are:
Q. Are you frustrated now?
A. I have been frustrated, every loss I have been frustrated. We are just coming out and we are not making plays. When all the games are close, at the end of the day we are not finding ways to win.
Q. There is not an easy answer is there? Because so many things have to come together.
A. You have to get some playmakers. That is one thing you could do, get some playmakers or let your playmakers be playmakers. That is the answer.
Q. Is it hard going against a team that has had the same record and red-zone troubles and then to see Donovan McNabb have a breakout game?
A. It is. We watch tape and see other teams matched up good against him and see him struggle. Then he comes in here and picks us apart, which might be letting us know we are not as good as we think we are. A guy comes in that against other teams struggles and he comes in here and plays well. That is saying it all right there.
Things will only get tougher for Sharper and Co. San Diego (4-3) will come to the Metrodome with a three-game winning streak and a standout tight end, Antonio Gates, who promises to give the Vikings pass defense fits.