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Vikings-Ravens: Pass the Defense, Please; and Other Observations

Published by on October 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

An embarrassing final period. An epic near-collapse. A defensive meltdown worse than any other in the Brad Childress era.

With wins like this, who needs a loss?

Minnesota should take many emotions away from Sunday’s escape from disaster—shock, confusion, chagrin—but relief isn’t one of them.

To be sure, there’s nothing wrong with a close victory over a quality opponent like Baltimore. There’s nothing wrong with another stellar day from Brett Favre (21-of-29, 278 yards, three touchdowns). There’s nothing wrong with 143 yards on 22 carries from Adrian Peterson.

But there’s something very wrong with a defense that has allowed 400 yards or more in three consecutive games—after letting oppone...

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