So, the Vikings starting offense put in a fairly dismal effort on Friday night. Left tackle Matt Kalil got things off by choosing to imitate a statue on the very first play, resulting in a sack on QB Christian Ponder. In five series Ponder went 5-12, 53 yards and two sacks. Buffalo's blitzing kept them pretty confused the first half.
There's no need to panic, of course. It's just preseason and with AP off the field it's a very different offense. It would be nice to start to see Ponder connecting though. Not all of his problems were because of the blitz.
Speaking of Buffalo's blitz, I'm not getting Leslie Frazier's logic here:
They were still at work on their own playbook this week more than they were gearing up for the Bills, coach Leslie Frazier said. That made some of what happened at Ralph Wilson Stadium, particularly early in the game, look worse than it actually was.
"It's preseason. They have an option to do whatever they want to do," Frazier said. "We didn't spend a lot of time in Mankato preparing to play Buffalo. ... In this game, we took a different approach."
Yeah, not preparing for your opponent is a pretty different approach.
I get focusing more on your own team's issues at this point, but how do you evaluate players or the status of your offense if you don't even prepare for something as fundamental as the other guys blitzing the hell out of you? Not to mention that it seems like a good way to get your starting QB hurt before the season even starts.
I don't know, that just seems bizarre to me. The result was a first half that was pretty much a CF for the offense by anyone's standards. I'm just glad nobody got seriously hurt in all of the confusion. If anyone wants to stick up for Frazier here I'm willing to listen.