Returning home from an overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings failed to capitalize on home-field advantage and fell with a whimper to the Chicago Bears, getting shut out in the Metrodome 18-0. During the game, Daunte Culpepper was benched two minutes into the game after throwing an interception, and going 2/5 for -2 yards. In replacement was Tavaris Jackson, who faired no better, throwing 11/28, 112 yards, and 2 interceptions. Adrian Peterson had a pedestrian game, rushing literally only 10 times, for 6 yards, and a fumble. On the receiving side of the ball, Bernard Berrian and Chris Henry each caught 3 balls for 36 and 34 yards, respectively. Sidney Rice also caught two passes for 23 yards.
Defensively, Ben Leber lead the defense with 7 tackles and 2 sacks. Cedric Griffen and Chad Greenway also had a sack, with Greenway's sack leading to a forced fumble, which Jared Allen recovered. Chris Henry also forced a fumble following a Tavaris Jackson interception. Cedric Griffen had the lone interception on the game for the Vikings, picking off Kyle Orton.
It wasn't enough for Minnesota, who continues their free fall after starting the season 6-2. They now stand 6-6 and in 2nd place of NFC North. That's not the only story from this week. Rumors have been flooding from inside the Vikings organization that the entire team has mutinied and wants Brad Childress gone immediately. Fran Tarkenton, PR Owner Representative, was not available for comment.
Daunte Culpepper - 2/5, -2 Yards, 1 INT
Tavaris Jackson - 11/28, 112 Yards, 2 INTs
Adrian Peterson - 10, 6 Yards, 1 FUM
Bernard Berrian - 3, 36 Yards
Chris Henry - 3, 34 Yards
Sidney Rice - 2, 23 Yards
Ben Leber - 7 Tackles, 2 Sacks
Cedric Griffin - 1 Sack, 1 INT
Chad Greenway - 1 Sack, 1 FF
Chris Henry - 1 FF
Jared Allen - 1 FR
Minnesota's downward spiral continues as they drop yet another game, this time to the Detroit Lions. Daunte Culpepper returned as the starter for Minnesota after Tavaris Jackson's disastrous play last week against the Bears. He threw 20/39 for 244 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Not all was lost, as Adrian Peterson rushed 24 times for 144 yards, the first time he rushed for over 100 yards since week 12. Chris Henry caught the lone touchdown from Culpepper, also hauling in the ball 6 times for 70 yards.
On defense, the Vikings had two sacks on Jon Kitna, one by Jared Allen, and another by Ben Leber. Allen also forced a fumble on Kitna, and Chad Greenway intercepted a pass from Jon as well. It was not enough to stop the Lion's offense as the Vikings sputtered and move to 6-7, third place in the NFC North. Minnesota now is on the outside looking in for a playoff berth.
Jared Allen - 1 Sack, 1 FF
Ben Leber - 1 Sack
Chad Greenway - 1 INT
December 8th, 2008
Brad Childress Fired as Vikings Head Coach
Brad Childress is out as Vikings head coach. Earlier today, the Minnesota Vikings released a statement of release for the 52-year old head coach. The move comes after an unprecedented slide from 6-2 to 6-7. His final head coaching record stands now at 20-25 and no playoff berths to show for it in his two and 1/2 years with Minnesota. Darren Bevell will be upgraded to interim head coach in Childress's stead.
I'm not a fan of in-season firings myself as I think it's not fair to the locker room having to deal with that change during the season instead of having a full offseason to prepare together, and also the interim coach usually ends up looking bad unless they're just amazing bc there's no time for them to get their shit set up and they're kinda just playing catch up tryna fix stuff that caused the last coach to get fired
Mid-season firings in the actual NFL are usually awful but this is a game. Childress is hot garbage either way. Lookin' forward to see who can replace him with. We should never lose to the damn Lions like that.