Team suffers loss of historic proportions

  • Article by: KEVIN SEIFERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 11, 2007 - 8:57 PM

The Packers shut out the Vikings for the first time ever, sparked by a potent running game, and rookie running sensation Adrian Peterson suffered a knee injury of unknown severity.

view larger photos

  

GREEN BAY, WIS. - Cedric Griffin pouted on one side of the Vikings bench late Sunday afternoon, upset because an inadvertent collision had turned an interception into a touchdown. Over on the other end, safety Dwight Smith whooped it up, laughing and flailing like he was on stage at the Improv. Somewhere in the middle, tailback Adrian Peterson was cautiously flexing his right knee, hoping to shake off what could be a serious injury.

This sideline scene, as viewed late in Sunday's 34-0 loss at Green Bay, painted an accurate and ultimately dismal portrait of the Vikings' current state. As they were absorbing one of the worst defeats in team history, some players were icing their teammates and others were providing a sideshow. All the while, their best hope for a bright future was making plans for an MRI exam on his sprained right knee.

Caught by surprise on defense and as inept as ever on offense, the Vikings suffered their worst regular-season defeat since a 51-7 loss to San Francisco in 1984. They were shut out for the first time in the regular season since 1991, ending the longest active streak of consecutive scoring at 260 games. Add a new level of quarterback confusion, and it appears the competitive portion of the Vikings season is over.

Smith said his sideline antics were an animated discussion of specific plays but added, "You can never get too down."What you've got to understand is, for fans and people like that, football is more than it is for players," he said. "This is our job. This is what we do. This is not who we are. If you're at work and you're having a bad day, you're not going to smile or talk to somebody else? It's a job for us."

Could you really blame Smith for taking a philosophical view? After all, the Vikings just spent another week in national ridicule, this time for withholding the paycheck of grieving receiver Troy Williamson. They were lifeless from the outset Sunday, giving up 81 rushing yards in the first quarter while managing three first downs in the first half.

Coaches demonstrated almost no faith in quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who started in what amounted to an unspoken benching of Tarvaris Jackson. Peterson touched the ball on 11 of their 17 first-half plays, and by halftime Bollinger had completed only three passes (two to Peterson) for 7 yards.

Packers quarterback Brett Favre completed 33 of 46 passes for 351 yards, but it was tailback Ryan Grant who put the Vikings away by halftime. Grant rushed for 92 of his 119 yards in the first half -- including a 30-yard touchdown run to open the scoring -- and clearly surprised the Vikings' No. 2-ranked rush defense.

Favre, in fact, misfired on three potential touchdown passes that could have extended the Packers' 13-0 halftime lead. But Green Bay wrapped up the game early in the third quarter with Favre's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Lee, and the Packers finished with 29 first downs and 488 offensive yards while holding the ball for 40 minutes, 40 seconds.

"Embarrassing," said safety Darren Sharper, whose end-zone collision with Griffin resulted in the Packers' final touchdown, Ruvell Martin's 17-yard reception.

"That's the word," Sharper added. "They're a good team, but they are not 34 points better than we are."

Vikings coach Brad Childress was at a loss to explain how his team could produce 528 offensive yards and dominate the San Diego Chargers last week while all but failing to show up Sunday against its primary rival.

Sunday, the Vikings didn't get past the Green Bay 42-yard line until they trailed 27-0 late in the third quarter. More than half of their 247 yards came in the meaningless fourth quarter.

"The thing I told [the players] is that if they're not ready to play, that's my fault," Childress said. "I'm the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, and that win or loss goes after my name. If I was a factor and I didn't get them ready, I'll take that."

The Vikings' postgame locker room was a disquieting mix of resignation and sardonic humor. Cornerback Antoine Winfield, who again sat out because of a strained hamstring, dressed quietly at his locker but proved cheerful when approached.

"I was just a spectator today," Winfield said.

It wasn't purposeful, but his words described his teammates and coaches as well. It was as if they were all on the sidelines, watching -- or sulking, or laughing.

Kevin Seifert • kseifert@startribune.com

  • related content

  • Photo gallery: WEEK 10: Packers 34, Vikings 0

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    WEEK 10: Packers 34, Vikings 0

  • Vikings await word on Peterson's knee

    Monday November 12, 2007

    The running back felt he could return after shaking off the third-quarter hit, but coach Brad Childress told him to stay on the sideline.

  • Fourth-down completions leave yards to be desired

    Monday November 12, 2007

    GREEN BAY, WIS. - On a day of ignominy, the Vikings set a new low -- if not an NFL...

  • Vikings replay

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    GAME BALLSKabeer Gbaja-Biamila: The defensive end will represent the whitewashing Packers defense by virture of his two sacks and three...

  • Grant just 'snuck up' on the defense

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    GREEN BAY, WIS. - How bad did things get Sunday in the Vikings' 34-0 loss to Green Bay? Even their...

  • Favre on fire vs. Vikings

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    In the past calendar year, Brett Favre has passed for 1,327 yards in four Packers' victories against the Vikings.Date Score Comp-Att Yards TD IntSunday 34-0 33-46...

  • Turmoil at quarterback shows no sign of abating

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    After trying out his third starting QB of the season, coach Brad Childress wouldn't say who might start next week.

  • Mark Craig: Packers' McCarthy had a vision, and he ran with it

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    His game plan included a way to run the ball against the Vikings. And he's now 16-9 in his first 25 games, while Brad Childress is 9-16.

  • How bad was the Vikings' loss?

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    HOW BAD?• The worst regular-season shutout loss in team history.• The Vikings' worst-ever loss to Green Bay.• The first time...

  • Not exactly a drive chart

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    NOT EXACTLY A 'DRIVE' CHARTA look at each of the Vikings' possessions on Sunday:Start Qtr. Time Begin Plays Yards Result15:00 1 02:10 MIN 29 3 9 Punt07:18 1 02:34 MIN 40 5 18 Punt01:20 1 01:37 MIN 20 4 15 Punt06:30 2 03:40 MIN 20 5 20 Punt09:29 3 02:06 MIN 20 3 -4 Punt02:24 3 01:33 MIN 28 7 45 Downs14:30 4 02:58 MIN...

  • Vikings scoring summary

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    1 2 3 4 FinalVIKINGS 0 0 0 0 0PACKERS 7 6 14 7 34FIRST QUARTER PACKERS 7, VIKINGS 0PACKERS -- Ryan Grant 30 run (Mason Crosby kick), 7:18. Drive: 12 plays, 82 yards,...

  • Favre joins Marino, reaches 60,000 yards passing

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre joined Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to throw for 60,000 yards in a...

  • Adrian Peterson was looked over by a trainer after leaving the game with a knee injury in the third quarter.

  • WEEK 11: NOON SUNDAY VS. OAKLAND • METRODOME • CH. 4 • 1130-AM, 100.3-FM

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Philadelphia 24 FINAL
Washington 27
San Diego 38 FINAL
San Francisco 35
Minnesota 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
Phoenix 99 FINAL
New York 90
Portland 114 FINAL
New Orleans 88
Utah 86 FINAL
Charlotte 104
Atlanta 104 FINAL
Houston 97
San Antonio 93 FINAL
Dallas 99
Indiana 73 FINAL
Denver 76
Milwaukee 102 FINAL
LA Clippers 106
Arizona 2 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Colorado 5 FINAL
Buffalo 1
Philadelphia 7 FINAL
Toronto 4
Ottawa 1 FINAL
Montreal 4
Washington 4 FINAL
New Jersey 0
Tampa Bay 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 3
Florida 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
NY Rangers 3 FINAL(SO)
Carolina 2
Chicago 2 FINAL(SO)
Columbus 3
Nashville 6 FINAL(OT)
Minnesota 5
Calgary 2 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
St. Louis 2 FINAL(OT)
San Jose 3
VA Commonwealth 68 FINAL
Cincinnati 47
Charlotte 78 FINAL
Georgetown 81
SMU 62 FINAL
Michigan 51
Louisville 76 FINAL
Western Ky 67
Mount St Marys 45 FINAL
American Univ 46
Abilene Christian 33 FINAL
Boise State 77
UMass Lowell 63 FINAL
Duquesne 79
South Alabama 65 FINAL
IUPUI 71
Ohio State 74 FINAL
North Carolina 82
Massachusetts 65 FINAL
Providence 85
Syracuse 77 FINAL
Villanova 82
Citadel 61 FINAL
Virginia Tech 64
Belmont 73 FINAL
Fairfield 61
St Bonaventure 69 FINAL
Binghamton 51
Montreat 64 FINAL
Campbell 90
Delaware 74 FINAL
Fair-Dickinson 76
South Florida 62 FINAL
Florida State 75
Vanderbilt 60 FINAL
Georgia Tech 65
SC State 71 FINAL
Houston 63
Missouri 59 FINAL
Illinois 62
Truett-McConnell 55 FINAL
Jacksonville 84
Toledo 83 FINAL
McNeese State 69
Elon 71 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 64
Drexel 68 FINAL
Penn State 73
St Francis-PA 73 FINAL
Rutgers 68
Albany 64 FINAL
Yale 60
PSU-Beaver 74 FINAL
Longwood 106
Eastern Ill 60 FINAL
Indiana State 56
Indiana 82 FINAL
Butler 73
Marshall 58 FINAL
Arkansas State 67
Lafayette 69 FINAL
Kansas 96
Oral Roberts 63 FINAL
Memphis 78
Western Mich 61 FINAL
Northwestern 67
Delaware State 70 FINAL
Oregon 83
Fla Atlantic 56 FINAL
St Francis-NY 61
Arkansas Tech 57 FINAL
Stephen F Austin 94
Howard Payne 50 FINAL
Texas-Arlington 89
UMBC 66 FINAL
Kennesaw St 53
St Josephs (IN) 54 FINAL
Chicago State 76
Eastern Mich 77 FINAL
Missouri State 65
UCLA 44 FINAL
Kentucky 83
UC Davis 81 FINAL
Air Force 75
Houston Baptist 67 FINAL
UC Riverside 78
Davidson 80 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 68
USC Upstate 53 FINAL
Miss State 51
NC Central 94 FINAL
Miss Valley St 60
Illinois State 77 FINAL
Murray State 89
Louisiana 85 FINAL
Northwestern St 89
Oakland 77 FINAL
Pittsburgh 81
Detroit 55 FINAL
Rhode Island 69
Presbyterian 60 FINAL
UT Martin 77
Monmouth 74 FINAL
Wagner 66
Southern U 39 FINAL
Wyoming 57
Iowa State 83 FINAL
Drake 54
Wake Forest 50 FINAL
Florida 63
High Point 80 FINAL
James Madison 71
Texas Southern 71 FINAL
Michigan State 64
New Hampshire 60 FINAL
Sacred Heart 73
Northeastern 78 FINAL
Santa Clara 72
Huston-Tillotson 56 FINAL
Texas State 90
Purdue 63 FINAL
Notre Dame 94
Prairie View 44 FINAL
Sam Houston St 61
Xavier 88 FINAL
Auburn 89
Bluffton 53 FINAL
Akron 92
NJIT 84 FINAL
Central Conn St 76
Hofstra 77 FINAL
Columbia 82
Boston Univ 62 FINAL
Dayton 78
Iona 81 FINAL
George Mason 86
Valparaiso 75 FINAL
IUPU-Ft Wayne 72
Texas A&M 64 FINAL
Kansas State 71
Morgan State 69 FINAL
Manhattan 73
Saint Josephs 75 FINAL
Marist 58
East Carolina 54 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 66
Richmond 65 FINAL
Pepperdine 63
La Salle 67 FINAL
Towson 53
Incarnate Word 110 FINAL
UMKC 104
CS-Bakersfield 59 FINAL
Idaho State 50
Iowa 44 FINAL
Northern Iowa 56
Milwaukee 56 FINAL
SIU Edwardsville 61
Long Beach State 68 FINAL
Texas 78
TX-San Antonio 57 FINAL
TCU 88
SE Missouri St 67 FINAL
Arkansas 84
Lehigh 84 FINAL
Arizona State 81
New Mexico 69 FINAL
New Mexico St 67
Oklahoma 67 FINAL
Washington 69
Utah Valley U 61 FINAL
Weber State 73
Jacksonville St 60 FINAL
Northern Colorado 69
St Edwards 55 FINAL
Grand Canyon 81
NC State 69 FINAL
West Virginia 83
TX A&M-CC 75 FINAL
CS-Northridge 68
Cal Poly 50 FINAL
Gonzaga 63
Fresno State 68 FINAL
Pacific 71
Montana State 60 FINAL
Portland 87
Ball State 57 FINAL
San Diego St 70
South Dakota St 68 FINAL
Utah State 65
Stanford 77 FINAL
BYU 79
Utah 59 FINAL
UNLV 46
Nevada 3 FINAL
Louisiana 16
Utah State 21 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 6
(23) Utah 45 FINAL
Colorado State 10
Western Mich 24 FINAL
Air Force 38
South Alabama 28 FINAL
Bowling Green 33
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 3:00 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Livingstone 77 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 81
Loyola-Chicago 58 FINAL
Dartmouth 70
Georgia Tech 65 FINAL
St Francis-NY 59
Auburn 49 FINAL
St Johns 56
East Tenn St 56 FINAL
Jacksonville St 57
Western Mich 71 FINAL
Detroit 57
Cal-Irvine 42 FINAL
Wright State 80
Gardner-Webb 47 FINAL
Kennesaw St 50
(7) Stanford 40 FINAL
(11) Tennessee 59
Alabama A&M 47 FINAL
Ole Miss 71
Central Michigan 45 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 80
Nebraska Omaha 50 FINAL
Creighton 67
FIU 69 FINAL
Western Carolina 83
Houston 65 FINAL
Nicholls 47
St Thomas Aquinas 45 FINAL
Army 70
St Bonaventure 72 FINAL
Niagara 60
Texas State 57 FINAL
Stetson 75
George Mason 65 FINAL
ULM 53
Grambling 38 FINAL
Kansas State 61
Missouri 79 FINAL
Wake Forest 64
Robert Morris 59 FINAL
Cornell 70
Air Force 44 FINAL
Abilene Christian 80
Hampton 53 FINAL
James Madison 85
American Univ 64 FINAL
MD-Eastern Shore 52
Texas Southern 63 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 68
Tenn Tech 49 FINAL
NC A&T 54
Presbyterian 45 FINAL
NC Central 33
Penn 58 FINAL
Drexel 67
Lipscomb 38 FINAL
Xavier 62
Vermont 40 FINAL
Green Bay 60
Charleston Southern 70 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 80
Ohio Christian 62 FINAL
Akron 97
Jacksonville 62 FINAL
Murray State 80
(17) Rutgers 66 FINAL
Iona 58
Indiana 88 FINAL
Oakland 61
Indiana State 64 FINAL
SMU 55
Denver 51 FINAL
Purdue 65
TX-San Antonio 48 FINAL
Texas Tech 64
UCF 57 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 79
Campbell 66 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 55
Florida A&M 67 FINAL
SE Louisiana 69
Northwestern St 61 FINAL
Jackson State 62
Lehigh 61 FINAL
Arizona State 81
Valparaiso 65 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 77
Liberty 60 FINAL
Minnesota 74
Wofford 60 FINAL
North Florida 68
Montana State 61 FINAL
Washington St 82
Marshall 56 FINAL
(22) West Virginia 69
Morgan State 40 FINAL
Chattanooga 55
Northeastern 65 FINAL
Harvard 67
Furman 51 FINAL
(15) Georgia 58
(18) Michigan State 65 FINAL
(9) Baylor 84
Ohio U 52 FINAL
Massachusetts 59
Prairie View 48 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 86
Toledo 64 FINAL
Southern Ill 48
High Point 57 FINAL
(12) Nebraska 83
Winthrop 20 FINAL
Wichita State 66
William Jewell 59 FINAL
UMKC 51
Louisiana Tech 52 FINAL
Utah 67
Southern Utah 51 FINAL
Gonzaga 70
Hawaii 85 FINAL
Loyola Marymount 76
San Jose St 62 FINAL
San Francisco 77
CS-Northridge 65 FINAL
San Diego State 54
Norfolk State 36 FINAL
East Carolina 65
Saint Peters 49 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 59
Arizona 60 FINAL
Stephen F Austin 72
Northwestern 92 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 44
Oral Roberts 52 FINAL
Wisconsin 70
Florida Atlantic 44 FINAL
New Mexico St 57
La Salle 76 FINAL
Georgia State 68
(16) Oregon State 73 FINAL
Nevada 50
Sacred Heart 72 FINAL
Villanova 49
Delaware 59 FINAL
Cincinnati 67
Troy 75 FINAL
Tennessee St 71
Saint Louis 68 FINAL
Utah Valley U 66
Washington 74 FINAL
UC-Riverside 71
Pacific 43 FINAL
Long Beach St 53
Old Dominion 69 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 63
Austin Peay 62 FINAL
Montana 83
Lewis-Clark State 48 FINAL
Idaho 74
(21) Miss State 73 FINAL
Illinois-Chicago 36
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Vikings do Sunday against Miami?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close