The bad situation of football is becoming a trend in the defeats of the Vikings

October 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) catches the game earning a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cooper Rush (not pictured) as Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) defends during the fourth quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings had their chances Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys in primetime. They jumped early, with a 75-yard touchdown on the first drive. Thanks to former Dallas Cowboy Xavier Woods (INT, catch, FF), they won the turnover battle. They led going into the half, and when Dallas got the ball with 2:51 left in the game. So how did Minnesota come out of its Sunday night competition 3-4, half a game behind the Carolina Panthers for last spot in the NFC playoffs?

There is no single answer to all of the Vikings’ offensive problems this year. His inability to convert turnovers into points and finish off drives cannot and should not go unnoticed. However, this is at least the second time this year that the Vikings’ bad football situation played a role in a close loss.

Looking back at Week 2’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, most fans attribute the Vikings’ loss to a 37-yard field goal by Greg Joseph. But what is a “routine” kick in today’s NFL, when not even extra points are a gift (benchmark week 5)? If you dig into that game from Week 2, you’ll recognize that the loss was a direct result of the bad situation in Vikings football. Minnesota had a 2nd and 1, the ball was on 19 for the Cardinals, with: 40 remaining and a timeout. The timeout left the entire playbook open for the Vikings, with a chance to get the ball closer for a game-winning field goal. Instead, Zimmer opted not to take advantage of his time out, instead running the clock before kicking the field goal. The rest is history.

Go back to last night’s game.

Once again for the Vikings, the bad football situation left them with another pointless timeout heading into the locker room at the half. With: 24 remaining, Kirk Cousins ​​was tackled at Minnesota’s 34 after landing a first down. Rather than burn the team’s final timeout of the half, coach Mike Zimmer decided to let his team, for lack of better words, keep playing. Chaos and confusion ensued, with Cousins ​​trying to rush his team back to the scrimmage line.

When asked about not taking the time-out before the half after the game, Cousins ​​replied:

“I let Zim handle the time-outs, because I never really know what the coaches want to do with what they’re thinking, a play ahead or what it might be. […] So I was going to let them take care of that and call the next play if we didn’t get it.

We may need another article to explain why the Vikings’ high-paid veteran quarterback, in his fourth year with the team, is not trustworthy or unwilling to handle team timeouts in crucial times. However, for the sake of this article, at the very least, the coaching staff should have their players on the same page when it comes to situational soccer, especially in 2 minutes. The entire offense looked confused after the Cousins ​​fight, particularly the QB wide receivers, which led to a nearly 20 run off the clock and a missed opportunity for Minnesota to score points before the half.

Given, converting a 1st and 10 of your own 34 with: 24 and no time-outs remaining into points is not a piece of cake; Yet it seems like an all too common reality for the well-trained teams, led by Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers of the NFL today. Taking the time out would have given Minnesota at least a chance.

Let’s move on to the last Cowboys march.

Leading 16-13, the Vikings looked poised to keep the Cowboys offense on a game-tying field goal after forcing a third-and-16 at Minnesota’s 25-yard line. Zimmer called a timeout to reserve time for his offense, a smart move. Then, inexplicably, coming out of timeout, Zimmer called for the team’s second timeout, which was inadvertently awarded by the umpires. Having to call a time-out after a time-out is not just a sign of poor training, it is a penalty if it is awarded in error. The Vikings received a 5-yard penalty and lost their second time out.

Once again, the bad situation of Vikings football caused a trickle-down effect that directly correlated with the Vikings’ eventual demise on Sunday night. 3rd and 16 became 3rd and 11, which was converted thanks to the extra effort of Ezekiel Elliot; the Vikings were forced to burn their final time-out; the Cowboys scored a touchdown to take a 20-16 lead; and the Vikings, who needed a touchdown, couldn’t put up any drives along with: 51 remaining and no timeouts.

A 6-point second half (Joseph’s 2 field goals) won’t win you many games, but the Vikings’ poor situational football within 2 minutes was inexcusable for a playoff hopeful. From training down, the Minnesota Vikings need to be on the same page, period. Smart decision-making and team fluidity are staples of championship-caliber teams in the NFL, and Minnesota isn’t one of them right now.

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