More mishaps for Minnesota

January, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just one person's opinion, but so far Minnesota doesn't look like a playoff team.

Chris Kluwe's 17-yard punt is just the latest example of a team that is struggling to keep its composure here in the early going. The Vikings have also:

  1. Twice snapped the ball with one second left on the play clock because of confusion getting the play and personnel into the game. The second was on a failed third-down play. (If you watched closely, you could see coach Brad Childress screaming at offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on the sideline).
  2. Watched four members of the punt coverage team collide and all of them missed Eagles punt returner DeSean Jackson, who raced 62 yards to set up the Eagles' field goal.
  3. Inexplicably turned down a holding penalty prior to David Akers' 43-yard field goal. Need we say more?
  4. Taken a defensive timeout to correct a substitution mistake.
There's plenty of time to calm things down, but the Vikings have to hope they don't fall too far behind before settling in.

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