Fourth-down completions leave yards to be desired

  • Updated: November 12, 2007 - 12:23 AM

GREEN BAY, WIS. - On a day of ignominy, the Vikings set a new low -- if not an NFL record -- in fourth-down production during a 34-0 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Three times they went for it on fourth down, and they completed passes to receiver Robert Ferguson each time. Amazingly, they failed to convert all three when Ferguson was tackled short of a first down.

The Vikings' version of the West Coast offense routinely calls for players to make yardage after the catch, but coach Brad Childress said each play had "different answers." A breakdown:

• With 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Vikings faced fourth-and-10 from the Packers 26-yard line. Brooks Bollinger threw a shallow crossing route to Ferguson, who was tackled for a 1-yard loss by linebacker A.J. Hawk.

• With 4:07 left in the game, Ferguson was tackled for a 2-yard gain on fourth-and-3 from the Vikings 49.

• With 51 seconds left, Ferguson was tackled for a 3-yard gain on fourth-and-7 from the Packers 27.

Asked about each play, Childress indicated that Bollinger could have found another receiver on the first play and that Ferguson should have extended his route on the second.

Winfield out

Cornerback Antoine Winfield said he knew Friday that he would not be able to play in a second consecutive game because of a pulled hamstring.

"All I can do is get treatment and hope to be out with the boys next week," he said.

Receiver Sidney Rice also sat out because of a hamstring injury. In addition to tailback Adrian Peterson leaving because of a knee injury, cornerback Eric Frampton strained a groin in the first quarter and did not return.

Happy for Williamson

Safety Dwight Smith said he was heartened by the team's decision to pay Troy Williamson for the week he missed while tending to his maternal grandmother's funeral.

The Vikings initially docked Williamson a week's pay for missing the Chargers' game, then changed their mind on Saturday. Childress attributed the decision to conversations with his veteran players.

"You don't want other guys who are in that same situation scared to go home because they might not get a game check," Smith said. "You understand that family is everything.

"To Coach's credit, it wasn't the fact of it was Troy -- it was the policy of the team, to where if you don't play in that game, you don't get paid.

"Like he said when he met with us, he wanted to do the right thing, and now he's done the right thing."

Asked about the situation, Williamson said, "That's over with, that's it, now we're moving on."

  • related content

  • Team suffers loss of historic proportions

    Sunday November 11, 2007

    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.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago WSox 0 Top 6th Inning
Cleveland 1
Pittsburgh 1 Delayed
Cincinnati 3
Miami 1 Bottom 5th Inning
NY Mets 4
Washington 3 Top 5th Inning
Philadelphia 0
Toronto 0 Top 5th Inning
Tampa Bay 1
St. Louis 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Milwaukee 2
Boston 2 Top 2nd Inning
Houston 0
Detroit 0 Top 3rd Inning
Kansas City 0
Atlanta 2 Top 2nd Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
LA Angels - T. Skaggs 2:05 PM
Texas - S. Baker
Arizona - V. Nuno 3:05 PM
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner
San Diego - T. Ross 3:10 PM
Los Angeles - H. Ryu
Minnesota - P. Hughes 3:10 PM
Colorado - B. Anderson
Oakland - S. Gray 3:10 PM
Seattle - C. Young
NY Yankees - C. Whitley 7:05 PM
Baltimore - K. Gausman
Portland 9:00 PM
Seattle
Winnipeg 34 FINAL
Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 34 FINAL
Toronto 15
Brt Columbia 26 FINAL
Saskatchewan 13
Los Angeles 84 4th Qtr 4:12
Connecticut 53
Seattle 2:00 PM
Minnesota
San Antonio 5:00 PM
Phoenix
Chicago 5:00 PM
Atlanta
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 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close