I was rooting for the Vikings, but sheesh, that was terrible to watch. Although, I'm glad they lost like that rather than by a FG or a last minute TD. That sort of loss is heartbreaking. At least this didn't get my hopes up. I was also aware, as I posted previously, that the Vikings are cursed as well. It's unfortunate. I now am a fan of two cursed teams.
The Vikings were terrible - no other way around it. They looked lost and unprepared. They pulled a Bengals in that they started off strong with a TD, but then they threw that interception, and it took all the wind out of their sails. I know they are supposed to have the best defense, but the defense looked terrible. They could not get off the field - allowing well over 400 yards of total offense, and I think it was their worst game of the season. The Eagles converted seamlessly on what seemed like every third down. The defense was exhausted because they couldn't get off the field. The offense was unable to do anything either. Every play was a short dump off pass to McKinnon. They couldn't get anything going. Pat Schurmur (offensive coordinator) is off to be head coach of the Giants apparently. Perhaps his head was in his next gig? They said he wanted to evaluate QBs at the senior bowl. However, I am sure he wanted to win. After all, you have a chance to win a Super Bowl after working with a group of guys all year, and getting to a Super Bowl is rare, so I'm sure he wanted to go. Also, I'm sure he'd have rather gone into NY as a Super Bowl winner than the coach who was badly beaten in the NFC Championship game.
Mike Zimmer still took the team from the basement to a 13-3 record, a playoff win, and an NFC Championship in 4 years. I haven't given up on him. This was a terrible showing, though.
Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. It's got no use in Cincinnati. - Homer
The Bengals managed to squander that bit of good fortune, though. The Bengals could leave the winning Powerball ticket in a pair of pants they donate to Goodwill. ~ Doc
Maybe Next Year - The Battlecry of the Bengals