That was nearly four times the production generated by Minnesota’s passing game, which failed to help the Vikings mount a second-half surge in their 30-20 loss.
Sixty-three yards through the air on 11 of 22 passing from Christian Ponder simply is not going to cut it, which is pretty much what wide receiver Percy Harvin was seen telling coach Leslie Frazier during an animated conversation in the third-quarter of Sunday’s defeat.
“I just want to score points,” Harvin said of the outburst which came after the Vikings were forced to settle for a field goal. “It’s frustrating not scoring.”
Adding to that frustration is the news that Harvin suffered a sprained ankle shortly after the incident. He returned to the game, but an MRI on Monday revealed the injury. Frazier told reporters Monday that it was “too early to tell” if Harvin will be available for Sunday’s NFC North tilt against Detroit (via the Pioneer Press).
“He wants to win. He was frustrated, as we all were at that moment,” Frazier said when asked about the sideline confrontation. “He is a competitor. We’re all frustrated. We’re all trying to come away with touchdowns, instead of field goals.”
Harvin has been the team’s most — and in many ways, only — productive receiver this season, taking bubble screens for big gains and gashing defenses with his elusive runs after the catch. Despite his two-catch dud on Sunday, Harvin still leads the NFL with 62 receptions, but no one else on the team has more than 27 catches.
Whether Ponder or the play-calling is to blame, the Vikings keep falling behind and find themselves unable to catch up in the second half. They’ve now lost three of four after a promising 4-1 start.
“We have to be better,” Harvin said. “We have to go back to the drawing board and see what is going on, and see what we did wrong. We are kind of one dimensional right now. Adrian is running the ball incredibly. The line is blocking for him real good. We just have to dial up better pass plays.”
(H/T National Football Post)