Yes, I know, this poster was created for the London game, but it could not be more suitable than it is today. Due in no small part to some horribly poor performances on their home turf the Vikings visited Texas today and were big underdogs. Walking into the stadium with a 1-6 record, they sat distantly at the bottom of the division and just a notch above the bottom of the entire NFL. So fans were pleasantly surprised when they put up a relatively competitive performance, and started to get excited when the team took the lead in the 4th quarter.
Not long after, things started to look all too familiar. When they needed to get just one more score and/or run out the clock, the offense crumbled. They stepped just inside of the range of their young field goal kicker, and instead of trying for the points the genius head coaching staff chose to take a delay of game penalty and punt the ball away.
Heading into the 2-minute drill, needing only a field goal to tie the game, the Cowboy offense took over with the ball inside the 20. The Vikings defense meanwhile acted like they have on numerous other occasions with the lead at the end of the game – as if they had already lost. They laid down and allowed the Cowboys to march all the way down the field for the score, giving the offense just over 30-seconds to try to take it back.
Fortune smiled on the team one last time, as the Cowboys squibbed the ball to Gerhart who was able to return it to midfield for the offense. But that just wasn’t nearly far enough. Minnesota’s offense moved too slowly, and with just two-seconds to go, they needed a 50-yard play to score a TD. So noodle arm steps in and puts all his strength into the throw, just needing to get the ball to drop SOMEWHERE inside the endzone to give his receivers a shot at winning the game for him. But unlike your average high school QB, Ponder just didn’t have the strength to get the ball that far down field, and the Cowboys defense laughed in delight as the ball dropped near the sideline, 5-yards short of the endzone, and another 5-yards short of his target.
Game over. Now all we can do is wonder, how long will it be before this team finally finds a franchise QB?