ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
The supposedly desperate Vikings strolled into U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday morning, confident they would make quick work of the Indianapolis Colts.
Adrian Peterson was back in the lineup, expected to give them an emotional lift and some semblance of a running game. The Colts were forced to start three rookie offensive linemen against one of the NFL’s most ferocious pass rushes. The Colts had Andrew Luck, but did anyone else scare them?
And their fans were fired up, even if simply because they were inside.
Then the game started, and was seemingly over a minute or two later.
The Colts took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and stunned the Vikings and the crowd by increasing it to 17-0 in the second. When they made it 27-0 just before halftime, some of those fans thought it would be more enjoyable to walk out into subzero temperatures than sit inside and watch the rest.
The Colts cruised to a 34-6 victory, and the bewildering loss all but eliminated the sleepwalking, penalty-prone Vikings, now 7-7, from playoff contention.
“We just came out lackadaisical … like they were going to read [our] names, look at [our] stats and lay down for us,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said, adding, “To come out like this today, it definitely was embarrassing.”
In fact, it was arguably the most embarrassing loss of the Mike Zimmer era.
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