On Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings took a quick 17-7 lead over the heavily favored home team, San Diego Chargers. Several attempts at stuffing Adrian Peterson up the middle later and the Chargers, absent their placekicker after the opening kickoff, emerged victorious, 24-17.
The stat of the day? Thirty-nine. That's how many passing yards Donovan McNabb had for the game. Thirty-nine yards on 7 of 15 passing. Pitiful on several fronts. Poor play-calling. Poor execution. Weak offensive line. Non-existant deep threat.
Apparently the Vikings were not merely "keeping it vanilla," as Paul Allen contended, during the pre-season. Rather, they are who we thought they were and, on Sunday, far worse offensively.