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Vikings say Bucs “beat our brains in” and “kicked our butts”

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After giving up 36 points in a loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday night, the Vikings’ defensive ends were at a loss for answers. Other than acknowledging that the Bucs had just physically whipped them.

“Bottom line is they did a good job of pretty much beating our brains in,” Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said after the game.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said it was a different part of the anatomy that the Bucs beat.

“Hats off to them, they came in here and kicked our butts,” Allen said. “Just top to bottom, I don’t know if we overlooked them or not, but it’s an embarrassing game for us.”

Allen, who was bloodied in a battle with Buccaneers tackle Donald Penn, said he thought that when he recorded a sack after that scuffle, the momentum was on the Vikings’ side. But that was really the only moment in the game when it looked like the Vikings might make it close: The Vikings were right, this was a butt-kicking and a brain-beating.

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  1. irishgary says: Oct 26, 2012 7:30 AM

    well they suck this shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.

    It’s midnight Cinderella.

  2. whitdog23 says: Oct 26, 2012 7:34 AM

    guess the “coach of the year” talk can end now

  3. fwippel says: Oct 26, 2012 7:36 AM

    As a Viking fan, I was disgusted with the team’s performance last night, outside of Peterson and Harvin anyway.

    For starters, this is the second week in a row that the defense has demonstrated an inability to stop the run, while the offensive line doesn’t seem to be able to even slow down the pass rush. Ponder started slow, but at least attempted to play better, when he wasn’t being hurried or sacked. Our center and two guards have been getting man-handled on passing downs. Our RBs can’t seem to pick up a blitz to save their lives.

    Jerome Simpson made at least three mistakes last night, losing a fumble, cutting off a pattern that nearly resulted in an INT, and letting perfectly thrown long pass slip right between his hands. He is proving himself not to be the long-term answer at WR.

    And what’s up with Chris Kluwe? This guy needs to spend less time tweeting on social issues, and more time practicing punting, or he’ll be cut before the end of the year. He’s been atrocious his last two games, low-lighted by that 20 yard punt that set Tampa up on a short field.

    I hate to say it, but this team has been figured out by its opponents. They’ve lost two of their last three, sandwiched between an unimpressive win against Arizona. The middle of their OL is sub-par, and the coaches are not making the needed adjustments to protect the QB on pass plays. The offense is far too predictable.

    With five of their last eight games on the road, including trips to Seattle, Houston, Green Bay and Chicago, this team will be lucky to get to .500. They needed that win last night, and they showed up flatter than a pancake.

  4. steelersownyou says: Oct 26, 2012 7:36 AM

    Ok can we now please stop with the vikings are elite and their defense is awesome comments! Theyre not and theyre not. Everyone gets excited when their teams do good early on. Its a marathon people not a sprint!!! It changes from week to week…

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 26, 2012 7:37 AM

    The Vikings have some QB problems.

  6. footballfan says: Oct 26, 2012 7:37 AM

    WOW!! Football players finally admitting they were beat! Pretty amazing! Maybe the Packers players should learn a few things here!

  7. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 26, 2012 7:44 AM

    they beat their brains in and kicked their butts. and poor robison didn’t even have a kick at anyone’s junk. poor guy.

  8. jr4real says: Oct 26, 2012 7:45 AM

    Uh, took the Vikes, if you know what i mean.

  9. vikesfansteve says: Oct 26, 2012 7:52 AM

    Big deal the Vikings always have trouble with the Bucs. They will have 10 days to prepare for Seattle. It’s not doomsday.

    The D couldn’t stop the 3rd down but that’s what happens when you are on the field the whole game.

    Ponder needs to complete a pass deep to a WR more than twice a game.

    Musgrave and his play calling is very transparent. Also that bubble screen will work once or twice not on every single series. Cmon Bill, mix it up!

    Why do they keep sitting Wright?

    Kluwe is awful & I am glad to see that fellow Vikings fans are finally starting to see that. Quit tweeting and practice!

    The Vikings will beat the Seahawks and be back on track.

  10. purplepridehasadownside says: Oct 26, 2012 7:54 AM

    Awful game, Vikes deserved to lose, the Bucs were the only team that showed up. Brutal.

  11. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Oct 26, 2012 7:58 AM

    Driving around this morning I couldn’t help but notice all of the PURPLE pumpkins all over. Reality check Vikings fan!

  12. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 26, 2012 8:01 AM

    We’ll be in 2nd after this weekend and have already beaten the Bears. WARRIORS. Team of destiny. One for the thumb here we come

  13. iaactuary says: Oct 26, 2012 8:04 AM

    Holy crap fwipple, you need to relax! It’s ONE game! Besides last night the O-line has been one of the best in the league. Kluwe is still one of the best punters in the league, and if you think his tweeting is impacting his game you have some issues. I agree that Simpson hasn’t been the deep threat we all thought he would, but hopefully that improves. And I agree their Defense isn’t elite, but it’s a hell of a lot better than last year!

    I’ve been a Viking fan for a while, and I know that they have a tendency to lose games they’re ‘supposed’ to win. I think they’re going to be okay.

  14. rudedog36 says: Oct 26, 2012 8:06 AM

    oh -ver ra-ted!
    clap-clap,
    clap-clap-clap

  15. technovike says: Oct 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    people were and are too excited about this team.

    Im getting pretty tired of people defending Ponder, something is wrong with him hes not playing like he was the first couple of games and/or teams are noticing on film that all they have to do is defend Option 1 and let the other options roam free cause he cant see them. (remember the td to rudolph covered by 3 defenders while peterson was doing jumping jacks in a wide open part of the endzone ?

    Ponder had 1 accurate deep pass that wasnt easy for simpson, granted it went through his hands, but it wasnt an easy. Ponder cant throw the deep ball, doesnt trust his receivers in tight spots, every ball looked like a lob, wheres the heat? wheres the slants? i say we put bethel thompson in. that guy has an arm, let him scatter the deep ball, and if we catch 1 out of 5 it opens it up for peterson.

    as for Kluwe, hes one of the elite punters in the game, hes actually had to hold back on his punts for the coverage team to catch up most games. last night was a very bad game for him, but unlike Ponder, its been one game.

    Our RBs need to go after the blitzers, i saw Peterson being juked twice that i saw, he should have rushed up into the guy.

    Our biggest problem i see is the coaching. its horrible, they make the same mistakes over and over, and try to get cute with some plays outsmarting themselves, when the Vikes can beat a team man to man. There are zero to none trap or counter plays on the rush plays. AD makes a 5 yard gain out of nothing 9 out of 10 times. why not go heavy on the rush? instead the coaches have them relying on ponder. 2 passes to 1 rush almost every possesion. thats idiotic with peterson in the back.

    end rant. 8-8 at best. 10-6 if theres a change to the gameplan or qb.

  16. technovike says: Oct 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    nevermind on the 8-8, i cant find a win anywhere. 5-11 is more likely.

  17. jeagan1999 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:25 AM

    Don’t overlook Tampa! They have some weapons on offense (Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Dallas Clark, Doug Martin, Tiquan Underwood). Josh Freeman is starting to play with confidence and poise (1,010 yds passing, 9 TD’s, 1 INT in last 3 games). If the Defense keeps improving this team can get back in the playoff hunt REAL FAST!!

  18. vikesfansteve says: Oct 26, 2012 9:30 AM

    Kluwe stinks. One of the best punters in the league? Typical fool.

    How many more 35 yd shanks & the other team starting on the Vikings end of the field do you need to see before you realize Kluwe only has 3 or 4 good games a year the rest he short punts or gives up long returns.

    He couldn’t tackle his way out of a wet paper bag.

    He tweets too much.

  19. morty999 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:40 AM

    Ponder didn’t have a lot of time, but even when he did he was terrible. One nice throw to Harvin and that’s it. He threw three deep balls to Simpson that would have been out of bounds even if he caught them. There is no excuse for that. If it wasn’t for the three or four behind the line of scrimmage throws (that anyone could throw) to Harvin where Harvin did all the work his numbers would have been that much worse.

  20. threedeep1998 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    At least we can admit we took a beating. Clay Matthews should take a note here,

  21. technovike says: Oct 26, 2012 9:48 AM

    lol @ thinking Kluwe is our worst problem on this team.

  22. titogetmesometissue says: Oct 26, 2012 9:50 AM

    I’ve been holding my tongue to see how this plays out, but no more.

    Ponder is terrible.

    Start Joe Webb, see if he has any promise at all and hope we suck enough to get a shot at Barkley.

  23. txeer304 says: Oct 26, 2012 10:07 AM

    Or maybe just maybe TB is a good team. All their losses have been under 7 pts.

  24. purplengold says: Oct 26, 2012 10:27 AM

    Simpson is our deep threat, so opponents can put spys on Peterson and Harvin and we’re three and out. If either of them were injured, we would be in serious trouble. Ponder isn’t making it happen, give Webb some snaps. They can run right at us and keep our defense on the field for 40 minutes. Think about a nose tackle first round next year.

  25. legacybroken says: Oct 26, 2012 10:41 AM

    The Bucs are going to be one of those teams that no one will want to face down the stretch. They’ve made the elite teams really fight for their wins and beaten the bad teams.

  26. vikefan says: Oct 26, 2012 10:41 AM

    this team has 3 serious problems that have been happening simultaneously lately….

    1. o-line & rb’s not handling blitz well (if at all)
    2. Ponders inability to throw an accurate deep ball (as previous poster mentioned all 3 passes to simpson were out of bounds)
    3. Inability of receivers with 1 on 1 coverage to get open on their own (this has been a vikings problem for over 5 years back to chilly & tice).

    as long as this continues (in addition to defenses missed tackles & lack of turnover production) this is a very 1 dimensional team with exception of blair walsh (even kluwe had a rare horrible game last nite)

  27. jonny42671 says: Oct 26, 2012 10:41 AM

    This is where the Packers coach and players say they really didn’t lose, or the QB blames it on the Refs!

  28. ermur22 says: Oct 26, 2012 10:44 AM

    The Buc’s are a betting man’s PRIZE!! For some reason the bookies always give them a lot of points! They ARE a good team. Thanks for the easy G. The Vikings at plus 6.5?! That’s crazy

  29. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Oct 26, 2012 10:56 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 26, 2012 8:01 AM
    We’ll be in 2nd after this weekend and have already beaten the Bears. WARRIORS. Team of destiny. One for the thumb here we come
    ———————————————

    Wow…you really get excited about your football there slugger.

  30. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:00 AM

    That’s how you admit defeat. Take notes, packers.

  31. purpleguy says: Oct 26, 2012 11:00 AM

    Kudos to the Bucs, they had a better game plan and better execution all around. Never expected the Vikes to win much more that 6 games, but the koolaid was starting to taste pretty good. . . .

  32. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Oct 26, 2012 11:03 AM

    This is what happens with a young, developing team. They’re going to win some games they should have lost and they’re going to lose some games they should have won. At the end of the year they’ll be around .500, which is a big improvement from last year.

  33. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:04 AM

    Bucs look like they have a well balanced offense. That running game is making a killing.

  34. dikhurtz says: Oct 26, 2012 11:08 AM

    Where do you start with this team ? No Offense, No Defense. Leslie Frazier reminds me of Jim Caldwell former coach of the Colts. Always has that deer in the headlights look. It can now be said , Ponder is awful. Showing no improvement. Harvin is carrying his numbers with run after catch, and that’s about it. O-Line can’t hold off the pass rush for more than two seconds and when Ponder tries to throw the deep pass his accuracy sucks. It;s because of Ponder that Musgrave’s play calling is limited. Harvin in the flat, Rudolph 10 yds across the middle or out route. Hand off to Peterson. Game over. Frazier a defensive guy ? / JOKE ! Vikings will lose at least six if not seven of their last eight games.

  35. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Oct 26, 2012 11:11 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Oct 26, 2012 8:01 AM

    We’ll be in 2nd after this weekend and have already beaten the Bears. WARRIORS. Team of destiny. One for the thumb here we come
    _________

    Sounds like you were pretty worried about the Vikes until last night.

  36. larryboodry says: Oct 26, 2012 11:47 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 26, 2012 8:01 AM

    “We’ll be in 2nd after this weekend and have already beaten the Bears…”

    We’ll still be in first, and Week 2 is ancient history…See you in December for some payback.

  37. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:50 AM

    it was a night game they play horrible when they play a night game and they had a short break yes I know the bucs did to but I am talking about my team and they will beat the lions again and I can still see them winning more games boy the vikings sure do get ragged on cause they lost a game and yes it was a terrible game on to the seahawks they do have 10 days to practice till they play again

  38. johnmaddenslovechild says: Oct 26, 2012 11:54 AM

    Give the bucs their due.. They came out on the road and played like a good team should.. We hit all aspects of the game last night and looked solid.. We should be 4-2 but its whatever, time to bounce back and keep winning.

  39. romeodread says: Oct 26, 2012 11:57 AM

    You guys do realize ponder has started the equivalent of one season, right? Not comparing him to the mannings, but they weren’t all that great the first few years they were in the league either. The o-line got handled soundly the past few games, giving him no time to throw, outside of harvin, the wr’s are mediocre on their best days. The funny thing is, the Viking fans saying Ponder is terrible are the same ones saying we were set at qb for years to come. Generally it takes qb’s 3-5 years to learn the nfl, and really feel comfortable. Give the guy, and the rest of the team some slack, and stand behind them through the wins and losses. I bleed purple and gold, and am pretty proud they have played as well as they have in an obvious rebuilding situation. 5 and 3 is two wins better than anyone expected this season. SKOL!!

  40. lnfinite says: Oct 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Musgrave should be canned. He had the worst game plan last night and the defense paid for it being on the field so much.

  41. guessthenguessagain says: Oct 26, 2012 12:48 PM

    Kluwe’s performance is way off this year. Is he focused on his job? The 2012 NFL Punting average (to date) is 46.21. Here’s Kluwe:

    In 2011, Kluwe was ranked 13th of 32, with a season average punt of 45.70.

    In 2012, Kluwe was ranked 25th of 32, with a season average punt of 43.78
    (Save the whales, hate rich people – except himself)
    Kluwe vs. Tampa Bay – 37.8
    (Free Tibet now, Gay marriage)
    Kluwe vs. Arizona – 40.0
    (Coal dust ruins expense suits, crabgrass has rights, too.)

    Maybe Kluwe should put his foot where his mouth is.

    Just sayin’….

  42. tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    Are the Vikes that bad or were the Bucs that good last night?

    Answer: some of both.

    Vikes have struggled in recent primetime match-ups, and the Bucs are a well-coached, up-and-coming team, with some young talent that’s starting to emerge. They are/were hungrier.

    I do think Allen is partially right, too – Vikes may’ve looked past the Bucs.

    Regardless of what AP or Harvin can do as individuals, it’s only so much, and that team will rise and fall with Ponder.
    And the fact is its defense is not “elite” enough to carry them through games anymore. I saw a lot of tacklers getting stiff-armed last night, and almost zero pressure up the gut.

    On the week 8 picks article, this is what I said (and needless to say, was right):

    tokyomanblastersmom says:
    Oct 25, 2012 1:54 PM
    Watch the Vikings lose tonight.

    Mark my words.

    Minny is 2-9 playing in primetime games over the past 3 seasons. And Ponder’s play has progressively deteriorated.

    Plus, Bucs are a young, hungry team, playing with intensity. They’ll play an inspired game tonight.

  43. jusford says: Oct 26, 2012 1:33 PM

    Remember 2 weeks ago when Ponder was the next Aaron Rodgers?

  44. nathanbetz91 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:45 PM

    That’s a little more violent then it needed to be but nonetheless yes you guys got beat bad, very embarrassing

  45. jostler18 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:55 PM

    The Bucs are jelling and the threshold is upon us.

  46. deltaoracle says: Oct 26, 2012 3:57 PM

    “Tough Viking D” put up its numbers against second tier and rookie QBs. And on offense they still only have two players. Looooong way to go.

  47. rsgibson says: Oct 26, 2012 6:27 PM

    Allen looked like he was on bath salts out there. I know why he said butt kicked rather than brains beaten – He lacks a brain

  48. teamnorsecore says: Oct 27, 2012 12:47 AM

    romeodread says:
    Oct 26, 2012 11:57 AM
    You guys do realize ponder has started the equivalent of one season, right? Not comparing him to the mannings, but they weren’t all that great the first few years they were in the league either. The o-line got handled soundly the past few games, giving him no time to throw, outside of harvin, the wr’s are mediocre on their best days. The funny thing is, the Viking fans saying Ponder is terrible are the same ones saying we were set at qb for years to come. Generally it takes qb’s 3-5 years to learn the nfl, and really feel comfortable. Give the guy, and the rest of the team some slack, and stand behind them through the wins and losses. I bleed purple and gold, and am pretty proud they have played as well as they have in an obvious rebuilding situation. 5 and 3 is two wins better than anyone expected this season.
    …..
    This is a great comment! Right there with you man! According to a lot of the comments on here, we are suppose to just roll over and not pull for our team. I’ve been behind this team since I was a kid…..won’t ever change. No one in their right mind had this team doing anything this year. All we wanted was improvement and we have gotten it. Hopefully it continues and the Vikes will be back on top of the North within a couple years.

  49. teamnorsecore says: Oct 27, 2012 12:50 AM

    jusford says:
    Oct 26, 2012 1:33 PM
    Remember 2 weeks ago when Ponder was the next Aaron Rodgers?

    Uhh…No? Remember 2 weeks ago when he was blaming scout players for the teams problems and wasn’t in the MVP conversation? Thats why its a 16 game season me boy!

  50. teamnorsecore says: Oct 27, 2012 12:53 AM

    samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:
    Oct 26, 2012 11:03 AM
    This is what happens with a young, developing team. They’re going to win some games they should have lost and they’re going to lose some games they should have won. At the end of the year they’ll be around .500, which is a big improvement from last year.
    …..
    Yup…..its gonna be a roller coaster ride this year. I’ve been saying that all year. I will bet the team pulls out 1 or 2 upsets the rest of the way in the division…..just a hunch.

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