Definitely a frustrating loss for the Vikings who did little on offense in the second half and couldn’t contain Jeff Garcia.
Here are some notes and thoughts from the locker room.
– The Vikings ran only 20 offensive plays in the second half, seven in the fourth quarter. The Bucs held the ball for 20 minutes, 38 seconds in the second half. The Vikings had the ball for only 2:26 in the fourth quarter. It’s hard to establish any kind of rhythm with those kinds of numbers.
– The Vikings defensive players sang the praises of Garcia, who repeatedly kept plays alive with his feet. He was terrific today, completing 23 of 30 passes for 255 yards. He seemed to elude trouble every time the pocket collapsed, which gave his receivers more time to get open.
– Brad Childress said he went for it on fourth-and-1 from the 49 in the third quarter because he wanted to be aggressive. Childress said he liked the call and the execution but he was upset that Derrick Brooks was not called for pass interference on Adrian Peterson. Replays showed Brooks grabbing his arm before the ball got there.
– Right tackle Ryan Cook had another tough outing. Childress was asked afterward if he will bench Cook in favor of Artis Hicks. Childress said he wouldn’t make a decision like that in the heat of the moment. He said he wants to watch the film before making any decision.
– More special teams problems: Maurice Hicks said he was carrying the ball in the wrong arm on the kickoff he fumbled with the Vikings down 16-13 late in the fourth.
– Jared Allen’s shoulder injury looked worse after this game than last week. Allen had his arm in a sling and was in obvious pain as he left the locker room. Allen confirmed that he is going to New York this week to meet with league officials about his hits on quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Aaron Rodgers.
We’ll have much more in the paper and online tomorrow. It’s getting late and we have an early flight home tomorrow. We’ll check back when we get to Winter Park.