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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - The to-do list for the Minnesota Vikings is going to be mighty long Monday morning when the team sits down to take a look at the film from Sunday Night's 44-31 loss at the hand of the Green Bay Packers. While there is a lot to repair, the first order of business and the topic at the top of all the chart has to be the defenses struggles on third down.
At one point, the Packers had converted on seven straight third down situations in the first half. On the evening they finished 13-of-18 (72%) on third down and 2-for-2 (100%) on fourth down. Aaron Rodgers, alone was 10-for-10 passing for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns tonight when faced with third down scenarios.
"It didn't happen today," Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said during the post game locker room session. "It's riddle me this, riddle me that pretty much type of a deal. It seems like every week, we're trying to come up with a new saying of what's going on and we go back and look at the film and it's the same stuff. Guys are putting in effort, we can say that every week this team is fighting but we're just not getting it done."
Minnesota's struggles on third down were so dramatic Sunday night that they trickled over and affected the way that the offense functioned as well. Third down struggles led the Vikings to an astronomical time of possession deficit (40:54 for the Packers, 19:06 for the Vikings) which then took the ball out of the hands of their most dangerous weapon, Adrian Peterson.
"It effects momentum," Frazier said of the team's time of possession struggles. "[Third downs] have been an issue. There's not much we can do personnel wise, these are the guys that we have so we've got to figure out schematically what can we do with the guys that we have to be better. It's hard to play good defense if you're not doing better on third down than what we are right now."
All in all, the Vikings have been out scored 102-44 over their last twelve quarters of play and have not surprisingly lost all three of those games. With high-powered offense like Dallas and Washington on the horizon, the path doesn't get any easier either. They may not know exactly what needs to be fixed but they sure as heck need to figure something out, and they better do it pretty fast.
Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN