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Vikings’ fourth-down gamble fails

Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder AP

Facing a 4th-and-1 play on the Dallas 16-yard-line early in the second quarter, the Vikings passed on a 33-yard field goal and left their offense on the field.

The gamble failed, as running back Adrian Peterson was stuffed for no gain, keeping the score knotted at 3-3 at AT&T Stadium.

The decision to pass on three points could earn head coach Leslie Frazier some criticism. However, the Vikings are 1-6, and they entered Sunday allowing 32.1 points per contest. Moreover, Peterson is unquestionably on the short list of backs a team would want on the field for a 4th-and-1 run. Viewed through that lens, the decision makes some sense.

Nevertheless, it didn’t work out, and Dallas drove down the field to kick a field goal to take a 6-3 lead with 6:35 left in the first half.

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7 Responses to “Vikings’ fourth-down gamble fails”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 3, 2013 2:04 PM

    Everything was too bunched up and just no room for Adrian to work. If they would have spread things out I would like to see Peterson have a shot to fight for a 1st down in a little less traffic. They also ran him on 3rd and 7 when inside the 10 on a previous drive. Kind of a curious looking play.

  2. vikes69 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    please fire rick and leslie. we need to gut everything and start over.

  3. strasburgvacowboy says: Nov 3, 2013 2:26 PM

    Please fire Garrett & Jerry! After a week of distractions they may a find a way to lose this one!!!

  4. serkeljerks says: Nov 3, 2013 2:33 PM

    It’s okay, though, Frazier is safe through 2014!

  5. jimmysee says: Nov 3, 2013 2:35 PM

    As a Packers fan, hoping the Vikes can pull this one out… and a few more.

    The Vikings drafting 10th instead of second or third is good for Green Bay.

  6. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 3, 2013 10:55 PM

    Adrian Peterson is only a fantasy back.

    He may get some yards but he cannot make the big play when the team needs it. He is such a detriment in the passing game that the team always pulls him off the field on third down.

    He will always be known as a loser who can’t get a 1st down on 4th and 1 or gain yards when the game is on the line.

  7. teamnorsecore says: Nov 4, 2013 4:29 AM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Nov 3, 2013 10:55 PM
    Adrian Peterson is only a fantasy back.

    He may get some yards but he cannot make the big play when the team needs it. He is such a detriment in the passing game that the team always pulls him off the field on third down.

    He will always be known as a loser who can’t get a 1st down on 4th and 1 or gain yards when the game is on the line.
    …………
    Have another Old Mill Cheesehead……your Viking hate is showing. He is the reigning MVP of the NFL!!!! I guess those that actually know football disagree with you.

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