After spending much of last week applying ice to the delicate parts of Cleveland-based NFL tight ends, Drew Magary returns for the Meltdown. Drew is a Vikings fan living in the Washington D.C. area. Contrary to rumors, he cannot eat his weight in thick-cut bacon. He also has a book out, in which he explains how the quadratic equation pertains to conversion rates on 3rd-and-4 or closer (not really). Practically every Monday, we exchange e-mails about the latest Vikings game. Here we go:
RandBall: Well, this is officially the strangest first six games of a Vikings season I have ever witnessed. They have cobbled together a .500 record during a pretty tough schedule by some magic combination of duct tape, secret sauce and pass interference. They have won two consecutive games to pull into a first place tie in the division, and many fans are more angry about the coaching and the team in general than they were when the team was 1-3. I don’t know whether to be heartened by the fact that the Vikings have yet to play a full good game and are somehow tied for first, or worried that they might spend the next 10 games playing the exact same maddening style. So I ask you: What do you make of these games, and where do they go from here?
Drew Magary: I thought those looked like the two worst teams in the NFL. That game was just agonizing to watch. The pass protection was pathetic. They didn’t deserve to win that game. In fact, they didn’t even deserve to PLAY it. They should have been replaced by a Mountain West team at the half. The blocked field goal made me want to eat my own face. The interference and the fumble review were two of the worst calls I’ve ever seen. I think they’ll be like this all year. Utterly maddening, and pulling out games strictly because of lousy calls, or because the other team wants it less.
RB: That absolutely was not pass interference. The call against the Saints was a good one. The one yesterday was just brutal. And I don’t think Calvin Johnson fumbled. Two huge, game-changing breaks. Is that simply the negative karma of the Lions superseding the gloom and doom Vikings fans have come to expect, or does this team have some sort of strange luck factor going for it?
DM: ‘Twas Millen’s revenge!
RB: It would be just fine if Adrian Peterson would hold onto the [redacted] ball.
DM: There were also a couple plays where he danced before hitting the hole and got swarmed. He improved in the second half, but I keep waiting for one of those kick-ass 50 yard blazers of his.
RB: RandBall endorsed players of the week (brought to you by the Greater Twin Cities Grammar Rodeo): Kevin Williams, Bernard Berrian.
DM: There’s no Grammar Rodeo. You’re going to the Tennessee World Fair!
RB: I’m not sure which feed you get out in your concrete wasteland, but here in Minneapolis, within about a five minute span, I watched Longwell beat the Lions, Josh Brown beat Washington (even after Incognito lost his freaking mind), and then Elam drop the Bears in a game the Falcons should have had a 1 percent chance of winning in the end. I would imagine that made for a nice little Sunday in the Magary house, no?
DM: Bethesda is a concrete wasteland? It was. indeed, nice to see some real football teams after watching those two [distasteful medical procedure].
RB: I don’t even know what else to say. This entire season has been like an awkward holiday meal. Anything can happen at any time. But the potatoes are delicious.
DM: Don’t expect it to change any time soon. Hope you like potatoes.