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Giving the defense their due

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One of the biggest problems with writing at 2:30 in the morning is that you sort of need to pick your spots in what you want to talk about. With this Vikings team, there are so many things wrong, pick your top storyline and go. I have been accused in the past six hours since posting my meltdown on Christian Ponder of not focusing on the defense and while that is true, his comment about Greg Jennings not being open and his tone during his press conference pushed me over the edge.

To say this version of Vikings defense sucks does an injustice to the word suck. They are allowing 32.1 points per game (second most in the league). Only Buffalo has allowed more touchdowns to opposing offenses, and they are unable to get off the field on third down.

In the three games since the bye week, the defense has allowed 11 offensive touchdowns. Over half of them (6) were on drives of nine plays or more. Minnesota middleweight boxing champ Caleb Truax said it perfectly when he tweeted the Vikings were a "bend and eventually break defense".

Then the news came yesterday by FOX's Jay Glazer that the Vikings would be "willing to trade Jared Allen for the right price." Could he take some other guys with him? That isn't exactly going to make the fan base happy, but then again, Allen isn't coming back next year so if the right price can be obtained it is probably a smart decision. The Vikings would receive a third round compensatory pick, so the price of Allen would need to be higher than that.

"I am honestly not going to address it," said Allen following the Green Bay loss. "I am not going to speculate on something I have not had a conversation about, and I can't speculate on something that hasn't happened. I cross all bridges when I get to them, and right now I am trying to find a way to make this defense better."

Only the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys allow more yards per game and as head coach Leslie Frazier kept repeating in his postgame press conference, it doesn't matter if you can't get off the field.

"I don't know how many times I can say that third down is the issue," said head coach Leslie Frazier. "If we can get some third down stops and make that percentage a whole lot better than it was tonight, I think that will definitely improve our defense."

In a historical context, this will be the worst Vikings defense in the history of the franchise. Back in 1984, when another Les led the team to a 3-13 record, the team allowed 340 points the entire season. Frazier's bunch has given up 225 in just seven weeks and is on pace to eclipse that mark in week 11 if not sooner. The schedule the next four weeks is brutal with trips to Dallas, Seattle and Green Bay and a home game against Washington.

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