The Viking defense has been dominant this season. The run defense is still outstanding, the pass rush has been unrelenting, and the overall pass defense is much improved. We have the chance to root for a spectacular defense.
The Viking offense has...sucked. We can admit that. But while it feels like we're watching a mediocre team (.500: we are), while it seems like we're "winning ugly," we're still looking at a spectacular, dominant defensive unit. When the Vikings win games in 2008, they're going to be "ugly" wins. That's the way this team is built: the defense is carrying the team.
There's no doubt that the Vikings made many mistakes against an inferior team, and that the game was much closer than it should have been. But if the Vikings had a spectacular offense and a terrible defense, maybe they'd have won a game like this 30-28 and we wouldn't call it "ugly," even though one unit would have struggled. I remember the 2003 Vikes, the 2004 Vikes: great offenses, terrible defenses. The wins weren't "ugly," but they were just as tenuous. I'm enjoying rooting for a dominant defense. Certainly I hope the offense improves as the season goes on so the defense isn't forced to carry the team, and so the team doesn't lose games despite great defense.
But we root for a great defensive team with a terrible offense. It's an offense with players like Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian, players capable of big yardage plays, so they'll occasionally look competent. Mostly they won't. I'm still going to love watching this team play, and I'm hoping a reliable defense and questionable offense is able to pull out more wins throughout the season than a team with opposite problems.
Too few pleasures in life.
There is plenty to complain about in the Vikings' 12-10 win. But I don't know about you, but I have enough stresses, enough boredom, enough hassles in life. It is the job of the Viking coaches and players to worry about the improvements they have to make if they expect to beat the Chicago Bears next week. I just want to take pleasure in the Viking win.
If the Viking offense plays as bad against other teams as it played today against the Lions, the Vikes will lose a lot of games the rest of the year. And when that happens, I'll be sad. So for now, I'm going to take pleasure where it comes. The defense was spectacular. Kevin Williams was a dominant force. And the Vikings won another game.