ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
A draining, drama-filled season that started with Super Bowl aspirations and five straight wins unofficially ended for the Vikings on Saturday, after another weird weekend ended with another lopsided loss.
Their tempestuous 24 hours in Wisconsin started with the team charter, after a safe landing at Appleton International Airport on Friday evening, getting stuck in the snow while taxiing to the tiny terminal. Hours later, a fire engine removed Vikings coaches and players, two at a time, from the plane.
Perhaps that was when cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman finalized their decision to disregard head coach Mike Zimmer’s game plan, which called for Rhodes to chase top Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
With Rhodes and Newman going rogue in the first half, the once-mighty Vikings defense got shredded at Lambeau Field by Aaron Rodgers, who tossed three touchdowns and rushed for another before halftime. He later threw his fourth touchdown pass as the Packers cruised to a 38-25 win.
“We’re just not good enough,” outside linebacker Chad Greenway said. “You can’t excuse things away at the end of the day. It’s a body of work after 15 games. And you are what you are now. And we’re a below-.500 team now. You probably wouldn’t [predict] that 10 weeks ago but that’s the NFL.”
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