Sunday, September 15, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Minnesota Vikings
By Ben Goessling
CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room following the Minnesota Vikings' 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears:
Final-call frustration: The Vikings' defensive call on Jay Cutler's touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left was a source of consternation in the Vikings' locker room after the defeat. Cornerback Chris Cook, who was on the left side of the field with Martellus Bennett and Earl Bennett, declined to talk to reporters after the game. Coach Leslie Frazier put the loss on himself, saying he needed to do a better job of guiding the team in the last two minutes. Middle linebacker Erin Henderson said the call on the 16-yard TD was a surprise. "It was just not what we expected in that situation," Henderson said. "Not really something we prepared for or practiced for, for that to come in that way. But it did, and we've got to make our coaches right."
Third-and-goal stop: With a chance to go up 10 with just more than three minutes left, the Vikings had to settle for a field goal when Adrian Peterson was stopped for no gain on the 4-yard line. Peterson said the call on the play was "35 Bob" -- the same play he said he could have sprung for a big gain last week. He was stopped for no gain on a run off left tackle, and the Vikings had to settle for a field goal. Asked if the Vikings could have scored had they gone for it on fourth down, Peterson said, "That's the mindset you have to have. But we just do what's called."
Trying to rally: The Vikings are now 0-2, a record from which just 22 teams have recovered to earn a playoff berth since 1990. Defensive end Jared Allen was on one of those teams -- the 2008 Vikings -- and he was quick to point that out afterward. "I've been in this spot before, and I won the division," Allen said. "We were 0-2 and we came back and won the division. You always have a chance in this league."