Please Register or Log in to Remove this Advertisement! Rewatching the game. Our defense wasn't that bad. The first 14 points the Vikes scored had nothing to do with their offense. Cutty gave 'em 7 on the fumble. Special teams gave up 7 on the opening kickoff. The defense held the Vikes scoreless until 20 seconds left in the first half. The defense held the Vikes to 16 points for the ENTIRE GAME. So, it's not like the defense "fell apart" on Sunday. There are, unquestionably, things to tweak, improve and work on, on our defense. But they put some pretty intense heat on Ponder, and they kept future Hall of Famer, Adrian Peterson, under control too. A "sack count" doesn't tell the entire story of a Dline's efficiency. The pass rush was directly responsible for turnovers.....that's a huge part of the equation too. Not just sack counts. If you have the game recorded, watch it again. I started out the evening thinking I'd see a mess on defense. Instead, it looks like a decent defense that still needs a bit of tweeking. Pep needs to get healthy. Oh, and one other thing. Melton was getting double and on one play triple teamed. He was wreaking havoc with the interior of the OL & the pocket. I'll give him a "pass" on not getting any sacks.