And you're right, Minnesota couldn't run when down 31-12. As I said, our D went to a prevent, like most teams in the league will do, and the Vikes padded stats trying to come back. It happens. They held them to under 230 yards total for the first 3 quarters.
Let's see some other teams in the bottom 10 of the NFL in passing defense. Green Bay, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens. Maybe having leads late in games is tied into this somehow? Does it suck ass to be the worst passing defense, statistically, in the league? Obviously we'd all rather be #1 (Dallas Cowgirls happen to be #1 right now). But we're more in the rebuilding phase than any of the teams I just mentioned. There's definitely room to grow, but I'm just not ready to blow it up on D yet.
EDIT - Just to throw out another random stat I just looked at. Of the teams I posted in the bottom 10 in passing defense (GB, NYG, NE, BAL), the Giants are #2 in interceptions, Green Bay is tied for #5 with us and a couple other teams, Baltimore is #9, and New England is #14.
We also beat New England and Baltimore in sacks, and we beat all of them in fumble recoveries.
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