Originally posted by Method:
I personally feel we lost more respect then we gained. You don't play prevent defense to end the game and gain respect from anyone.
With the plays that we made down the stretch, Vernon's clutch catches, getting hit and holding onto the ball. Our defense stuffing Adrian Peterson again to his first sub-100 yard game of the season, losing our best player Frank Gore on the 2nd play of the game, and still almost winning the game...How can anyone come away with the opinion that we lost respect today?
Arizona and Seattle fans are probably terrified of playing Minnesota and Adrian Peterson. We played them as well as any team in the NFL could have. Our team is still working out a lot of kinks on offense. Shaun Hill came out throwing in the 4th quarter, so we know now that the issue is not our passing game, rather, it's our reluctance to call pass plays. Namely, Jimmy Raye. I'm just as frustrated as everyone else, but I don't feel as down as I thought I would. Maybe watching Roger Craig's fumble against the Giants in the last minutes of a championship game helps put things into perspective.
THIS IS GAME THREE OF THE SEASON! We have 13 more games to play, and so does Minnesota. They could lose Favre, they could lose Peterson, they might not even make the playoffs if that happens. We know our defense is very good. We didn't get Brandon Jones back today, but he should be back and starting next week. Maybe we could even sign the Greedy Crustacean at some point. What I saw today was a team that matured into a playoff team. We have a lot of good young players who will be around for a long time. They will only get better over time. And we have two 1st round picks next year, with Carolina floundering. The future looks bright.