Vikings PFF grades: Lowest grades from regular season opener


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How many penalties did the Vikings have?

The Vikings' first half was an outright disaster of offensive football. They were flagged a ridiculous 13 times, with ten of those penalties being accepted. Sports IllustratedPenalties, Offensive Line, Controversial Replay Doom Vikings in Dramatic OT Loss to Bengals

The Vikings had some lowlights in their defeat to the Bengals in Week 1. Minnesota struggled in pass coverage. The team was sloppy on offense, committing a plethora of holding and false start penalties.

The Vikings need to reassess and figure out what went wrong. Here are some players who need to improve, according to PFF.

Minnesota Vikings tackle Brian O’Neill,left, center Garrett Bradbury, center, and rookie Christian Darrisaw chat during the NFL football team’s training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin (83) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Rashod Hill (69) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (12) runs with the ball after the catch during training camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Oli Udoh (74) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Sep 12, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) is defended by Minnesota Vikings defensive back Bashaud Breeland (21) during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander gets set for a play during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (90) taps defensive end Everyone Griffen (97) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Shane Buechele, right, is hit by Minnesota Vikings defensive end D.J. Wonnum (98) during the first half of an NFL football game Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Sep 12, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gets away from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everyone Griffen (97)during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

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Minnesota Vikings pie chart of BLAME in their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

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Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Bengals' Week 1 win over Vikings

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1.     It would have been a far worse L than it was a very nice W. Blowing a 14-point 2nd-half lead against a mediocre team playing that way would have maintained the Same Ol’ Bengals (earned) cynicism so pervasive throughout much of the franchise’s history. The win was more a sigh of relief than a mass fist-pump.

4.     You can complain about the O-line. I won’t. A few coverage sacks, but generally good blitz pick-up and 127 yards for Mixon. Not great, but certainly functional.   

6.     The first 4th and 1 Go For It was reckless. The 2nd was terrific. All that means, I guess, is that the first didn’t work and the second did. That said, if I were Mike Brown in this morning’s fun Fam film session, I’d tell Zac Taylor never to do that again. Third quarter, up 21-7, 4th-and-1 from your 30. Who takes that risk? I love the thought of Going For It on 4th down. But man, you gotta pick your spots. Had the Bengals not won, that call would have dogged Taylor’s coaching career forever.

8.     Joe Burrow projects as much confidence as any athlete I’ve ever covered. Listen to his postgame presser. If the guy has ever doubted himself, even a little, I’d be stunned. That OT, 4th-and-1 floater to Uzomah – a play called by Burrow – was one of the best throws at winnin’ time I’ve ever seen a QB make.

9.     Burrow didn’t try to be Superman when the protection broke down. That’s a good thing.

10. Mike Hilton is an ordinary-sized guy, but good lord, can he put the wood to people. Fun watching him fly around yesterday.

Maybe the most important thing about Sunday was, the Bengals believed they were going to win, and they had that belief validated. For a team that believes it’s on the rise, that’s huge.

THE REDS SHOULD MAKE THE POSTSEASON, but if they make it the way they’re playing now, so what?       

But could the Reds do us all a favor and start playing like a playoff team?

David Bell is right when he suggests that hitters hit and the Reds hitting will come around. But his tone is just so publicly passive. They need Winker and they need Votto to be the Votto of July (.319, 11HR, 25 BI) and not the Votto of September (.212. 2 and 4).

Given the way the Reds hit lefties, even that might not be enough in a one-game showdown at Chavez Ravine. Kershaw, anyone? How ‘bout Julio Urias (17-3, 2.98)?      

It’s not as if they have lots of options. Aquino, he of the one-great-month career? Cabrera, DeShields, Barrero, Akiyama. Ugh.

I picked them to finish 82-80 so by that measure they’re still overachieving. And they do have nine chances to beat the Triple A roster in Pittsburgh. Though given the way they’re playing, they’d be crazy to count on that.   

ANDY DALTON DOESN’T HAVE MUCH LEFT. . . Watching that game last night, we saw that the Andy Man Can’t. Sure, the Rams D is stout, but even as the Bears raggedy O-line did a nice job blocking Aaron Donald, Dalton couldn’t take advantage. He’s a singles hitter at best. And the Bears already thin O-line lost another member Sunday night. Eight in the box and dare Dalton to beat you, yeah Lou?

We visited Saturday. It was delightful.

Picnic tables in the woods out back. A food truck selling lobster, of all things. A large tent that looks to seat a few hundred people, when they bring in music. Sixteen taps. I had a pale ale and a brown, both were pleasant enough. And only $5. J. Thinwallet will be back.

ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR THE BEARCATS, who needed just 30 minutes of good football to blast Murray State. The wonder now is if two cake wins are prep enough for UC to go to Indiana and win on Saturday.

NOT A GREAT DAY FOR KERRY COOMBS. . . Ohio State gave up 35 at home to Oregon Saturday, after allowing 31 at Minnesota in the opener. Yahoo:

The Ducks rolled for 505 yards and averaged 7 yards a rush.

TUNE O’ THE DAY. . . Not a big hip-hop guy, except when working out. Then it’s very loud and very effective at helping me push through the grind. One from the other day, by my Old School favorites.

Joe Burrow reveals he called key 4th down play that led to Bengals' OT victory over Vikings

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While discussing Sunday's game on the Dan Patrick Show, Burrow detailed the game-changing pass he threw to C.J. Uzomah on 4th and 1 with just 32 seconds left in overtime. It turns out that the original play was a run, but after seeing how the Vikings were lining up, he decided right then to change it to a pass play. 

Joe Burrow on @dpshow says that on key 4th-down in OT Bengals had run play called, but he saw defensive alignment and changed to pass.

— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) September 13, 2021

He zoomed the ball to Uzomah for a 32-yard catch, and after a five-yard run by Joe Mixon, the Bengals were able to kick a field goal for a 27-24 win.

— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2021

That's some confidence right there. In his first game in nine months, Burrow was so sure of his skills and what he was seeing on the field that he changed head coach Zac Taylor's play call from run to pass. He also had supreme confidence in his teammates' skills, knowing they would get it done for him if he let the ball go.

Burrow's confidence extended to his postgame media session. He spoke after wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, whose issues with dropped balls in the preseason had raised questions about how he'd perform in the regular season. Chase's performance on Sunday erased all those concerns. He finished the game with five catches for 101 yards and his very first NFL touchdown. 

Burrow sat down at the mic just a few seconds after Chase got up, and he took full advantage of the moment. 

Joe Burrow follows up Ja'Marr Chase's postgame interview with a mic drop moment. "I thought he was dropping everything?" #Bengals

— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) September 12, 2021

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