Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson didn't think anything illegal was going on, but head coach Jim Schwartz and some of his players weren't happy with the Vikings' defensive tactics during Sunday's game.
Meanwhile, Lions fans weren't too thrilled with the play of their team in the 34-24 Vikings victory.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reported that, on two occasions after catching passes, "Johnson took shots to the head -- one, by safety Harrison Smith and another by linebacker Jasper Brinkley. He ducked out of the way of a couple other flying tackle attempts. Remember, it was against the Vikings in Week 4 that Johnson suffered a stinger on a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Chad Greenway."
Schwartz told the News: "They hit him in the head twice. Only one (Brinkley) got flagged."
Johnson, who caught 12 passes for 207 yards, didn't think there was intent to injure.
You can read his response here.
About the hits to the head, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said he didn't know if the Vikings were targeting Johnson's head. "Calvin is a tough guy and he stayed in and made some big plays. But there is no place for that in this league."
While you're reading, you should go down to the comments at the bottom of the page. Lions fans talking about Stafford and his receivers (other than Johnson) sound a little bit like many Vikings fans talking about Christian Ponder and his receivers (other than Percy Harvin).
Without the ESPN girlfriend thing, of course.
Let's get right to it. Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News said the 49ers were stunning in how flat they were in losing to the Vikings:
"The truth is, no team in the NFL is the greatest team of all time after just two weeks. And no team in this era goes undefeated, either. As the 49ers proved Sunday conclusively, in Week 3. The surprise, really, was in the exact way the 49ers decided to go non-undefeated. Simply put, they showed up here at the Mall of America Field and decided to go shopping at Flatness R Us. That sort of flatness has happened so seldom under coach Jim Harbaugh, it was rather stunning.
Go here for the rest of Purdy's column.
The San Francisco Chronicle's 49ers blog offered 10 postgame impressions, including one about the use of Randy Moss:
"Going to Randy Moss, the former Viking, was a mistake. The 49ers tried to get the ball to him early, but he only caught three of six passes thrown his way for 27 yards. Those were plays that could have gone to Frank Gore and the running game. The chemistry with Alex Smith is clearly not there and it’s not all Moss’ fault. Smith had him open at the goal line in the first half and overthrew him."
Here's the rest of that post.
The San Francisco edition of Bleacher Report decided to distribute the blame for "the embarrassing loss" to the Vikings here.
The Mercury News offered this review of Randy Moss' day at the Metrodome, saying that he barely made a peep.
And finally, this video from the CSN Bay Area duo of Matt and Mandi, headlined "49ers beaten by a team that's not as good."
Enjoy, Vikings fans.
Nothing like a quarterback issue that won't go away. Not that Vikings fans would know anything about that from the experiences of recent years, of course.
In Indianapolis, the combination of the Colts losing their opener with Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning's successful return to the field in Denver have combined to enable the second-, third- and fourth-guessers, some of whom you can expect to hear from in the stands when the Vikings play at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, a supporter of the switch, is among the flash points for some of the rage.
From Kravitz' current column, which features some of the tweets and comments that have been directed at him and Colts owner Jim Irsay:
"I've got to think most people understand, three years from now, when Peyton is walking off into the sunset, Luck will be entering the prime of his career. Wouldn't you trade 12 to 15 years for the possibility of three, four years with a depleted Colts team?
"But football is designed for hysteria -- that's why we love it -- and no issue makes the locals more hysterical than anything involving Manning, Irsay and The Decision (Indianapolis Edition)."
Sort of like the way that no issue makes Minnesotans more hysterical, at present, than anything involving Joe Mauer and his contract. Different set of circumstances, same public displays of emotion.
By comparison, in following the Donovan McNabb experiment, Christian Ponder has it very, very easy.
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