St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota’s offense had labored for 130 total yards, quarterback Mitch Leidner’s fumble was returned for a Northwestern touchdown, and the Gophers trailed 27-0 early in the fourth quarter on Saturday. Those were the dire circumstances when Minnesota coach Jerry Kill turned to freshman quarterback Demry Croft to make his debut.
Afterward, the Vikings squirted cologne all over their 23-20 loss to the Broncos. Atomizers, spray bottles, even roll-ons were in heavy use as the Vikings tried hard to mask the odor of disappointment. No one dared use an aerosol can here in the most militantly green city on the planet, however. They’d have been shot on sight, albeit with recyclable bullets. “If you play like that on the road, you’re going to beat a lot of teams,” receiver Mike Wallace declared.
The leaves fall in October and so does Teddy Bridgewater. Last year as a rookie, the Vikings quarterback hit the ground 14 times in three games during the month, including an eight-sack game against Detroit. On Sunday at Sports Authority Field, there was more October misery for Bridgewater, who was sacked seven times in a 23-20 loss to Denver.
Adrian Peterson has been waiting a long time to face all-pro linebacker and fellow Texas product Von Miller. Norv Turner, perhaps, could stand to wait a bit longer.
If you’re looking for turning points in the Vikings’ season, perhaps one came during a defensive line meeting two weeks ago. Minnesota had just given up 230 yards rushing in an embarrassing Monday night loss at San Francisco on Sept. 14. Two days later, defensive end Everson Griffen, one of four team captains, was among those speaking his piece.
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Teddy Bridgewater was a kindergarten rug rat when Peyton Manning debuted in the NFL on Sept. 6, 1998 — two days after a pair of Stanford computer whizzes founded Google. Manning, 39, is older than Internet pay dirt. Go ahead. Google it.
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