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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Vikings Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings:
“I almost didn’t hear it, and kind of heard it at the last second. The linebacker had blitzed, and it turned out in our favor. As soon as he blitzed, there was no one there…. Obviously (Rivers has) been doing it for a while so he knows the game. There isn’t a front or a blitz that he hasn’t seen. He watches film probably more than anybody on our team. He’s seen everything, so you know he’s going to put you into a good run.”
“Defensively we had a slow start, but the great thing during the game was the red area defense. (We were) only down there early 6-0. When you have the type of offense that we have, and being able to go back down there, it takes one score and you are up. So, there are a lot of little things from this game, and that is the big thing that I am going to look at.”
“You cannot turn the ball over…At the end of the half, we had to find a way to get points, and also to start off the second half better offensively with eliminating turnovers. We will learn from it.”
“It’s big for us to go out there and also defend them on a short field. They started there on the 45 off the turnover, and for us to give up a couple yards and then hold them to a field goal, it was great.”
“For a guy who works so hard, and does everything the right way, (it’s tough to see). His teammates love him. You love coaching him. You’ve seen what he went through to get back; it’s a shame. Some guys in this business have bad luck. We tell the players you have to show up every single day to work in this business and treat it like it’s your last because you never know what’s going to happen. As good as a human being he is and the way he works, it’s not fair.”
“We had the right play call for what they did. It’s just that sometimes you win or sometimes you lose in one-on-one matchups. Those types of things can happen. The funny thing is if you are really watching the game and you look and you see someone doesn’t get pushed out of the gap or overrun the gap, then it is a completely different play. You can’t get too emotional about it because it happens. It’s going to happen. So you can’t get emotional because when the play is over, the guys who were involved in the play probably have a good idea about what happened. You remember that, move on and when you get off the field, you get coached up and go from there.” Read