Vikings Secondary Goes Rogue against Packers
The Minnesota Vikings broke from the gate this season on a 5-0 tear and were the last unbeaten team in the NFL.
However, there was an element of smoke and mirrors to that record, and sure enough, it turned out to be a mirage.
The Sam Bradford dancers have lost eight of their last 10 games and were officially eliminated from the post-season at Lambeau Field on Christmas Eve.
It turns out this team really isn't all that good, but it appears dysfunction has now reared its ugly head, as well.
The Minnesota locker room is a house divided at the moment after it was revealed the Vikings secondary decided to disregard the game plan pertaining to Packers' star receiver Jordy Nelson.
This deviation produced a monster day from Nelson and more indignity for the Vikes.
As you can see, Minnesota apparently decided to simply ignore him on several plays, as Nelson was running free down the field most of the first half.
After the game, cornerback Xavier Rhodes actually said out loud that the Vikings secondary had agreed to play their normal defense as opposed to the Zimmer strategy of having Rhodes shadow Nelson.
Nelson did the majority of his damage in that fateful first half, but with the original game plan in place for the second half, dude was more or less shut down.
Of course, the Vikings are now in spin control mode, with Zimmer and Rhodes both claiming this was a case of simple miscommunication instead of a head coach losing the locker room during an epic collapse.
As always, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Whatever the case, the Vikings can now look forward to a possible 7-9 finish with one game remaining.
That should improve morale.