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Defense betrays Vikings again in draw against Green Bay

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The Vikings have five games remaining in a season that seemingly can't or won't end. To all those that have felt the need to email to remind me that the defense has been equally as big of a problem as the play of the quarterback, you have found your vengeance. With the Vikings holding a 23-7 lead in the fourth quarter, Green Bay began their comeback that included a pair of touchdowns and a Mason Crosby 27-yard field goal to tie the game at 23.

Should we be surprised the defense couldn't hold a 16 point lead?

Nope.

With each week that passes, they seem to find new ways to lose to quarterbacks who big name or not, are shredding the Vikings defense. Of the defenses 23 passing touchdowns allowed, 7 have come in the fourth quarter. Only one quarterback the Vikings have faced has failed to throw for either 300 yards or multiple touchdowns. That was the struggling Eli Manning who passed for 200 yards and one touchdown.

Week 12: Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien – 316 yards- TD- 0 INT
Week 11: Russell Wilson – 230 yards- 2TD- 0 INT
Week 10: Robert Griffin – 281 yards- 3TD- 0 INT
Week 9: Tony Romo – 337 yards- 2TD- 1 INT
Week 8: Aaron Rodgers - 285 yards- 2TD- 0 INT
Week 7: Eli Manning - 200 yards- TD- 0 INT
Week 6: Cam Newton – 242 yards 3TD- 0 INT
Week 5: BYE
Week 4: Ben Roethlisberger – 383 yards - TD- 1 INT
Week 3: Brian Hoyer – 321 yards- 3TD- 3INT
Week 2: Jay Cutler – 292 yards – 3TD- 2INT
Week 1: Matthew Stafford – 357 yards – 2TD - 1 INT

In the four games played this season where the game was still in doubt in the fourth quarter (at Chicago, Cleveland, at Dallas and at Green Bay), the Vikings defense has allowed an average of 105 passing yards in those four contests and a passing touchdown in every game.

In each of those games, the Vikings offense did enough to win the game and the defense let them down. So while I won't concede my opinion on the quarterback and the need for change, there are plenty of glaring issues and reasons this team is bad and with five games remaining (none of which the team will be favored), could finish with the worst record in franchise history.

But at least we tied the Packers…

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