Limited Cam Fowler USA Jersey Given how Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler had been playing this season, his benching on Sunday wasn¡¯t that surprising.
Osweiler got hooked after throwing two interceptions on his first 11 pass attempts. The Texans survived that and won behind backup quarterback Tom Savage.
Griffen also committed a neutral-zone infraction that gave the Colts a first down on third-and-5. Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford got picked off by Mike Adams, and the Vikings’ defense was dissected by a Colts offense that was content to keep Minnesota in its base personnel, run the ball and exploit throwing windows over the middle.
It’s not the most one-sided defeat of Zimmer’s tenure with the Vikings, but given what was at stake, it might be the most unnerving. And as the Vikings head to Green Bay next week for a date with a Packers team that has won four straight, they have more questions than answers.
Will Peterson — who didn’t play most of the second half after gaining 22 yards on six carries — see the field again this season? Should the Vikings push to get Harrison Smith back for the Packers game, as they’d initially hoped to do? What caused such a collapse in a game in which the Vikings still had everything to play for?
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The Vikings will be asked many of those questions this week, and they’ll have plenty of questions to pose on themselves, too. A season that began with championship aspirations — which seemed to persist even after injuries to Teddy Bridgewater and Peterson — is officially on the brink.