Monday, January 18, 2010

It's Not Running Up the Score if Your Defense Sucks

There's no reason why the Minnesota Vikings should have been allowed to score 35 points in a playoff game--unless the defense of the Dallas Cowboys sucked.

Plainly and simply, the Dallas defense laid down. And whining about it won't help:

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking called the Vikings "classless" as Minnesota ran up the score against the Cowboys in a 34-3 loss on Sunday. Brett Favre's 11-yard touchdown to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe with 1:55 to play prompted Brooking to follow Favre to the sideline and yell at Vikings coach Brad Childress. Already up 27-3, the Cowboys felt the Vikings ran the score up at their expense. "I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful," Brooking said. "This is the NFL, that's not what this is about. I don't think there's a place for that ... I was looking for Childress. I didn't think it was right."

When your next opponent drops huge points against a team that cleaned your clock in the regular season, you want to make a statement, and Minnesota made that statement against Dallas.
Seriously--does Brooking think that the Vikings should have played their scrubs for the entire fourth quarter to allow the game to be competitive?

We're talking playoffs here. And in the playoffs, if you don't show up to play, your ass gets buried. And Dallas was buried.

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