Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison spoke candidly on Friday about his team's struggles on defense in Thursday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers put up 42 points against the Vikings, 12 more than any other opponent had scored against Minnesota this season. Green Bay built a 28-0 halftime lead, eventually pushing it to 42-0 before the Vikings got on the board in the fourth quarter.
“The mood was almost like some people had checked out,” Robison said. “I’m just going to be blunt and say it can never be that way. This is a team that I’ve felt like all along has fought and scratched no matter what type of adversity we have faced and I felt like we didn’t have that last night.”
Robison said that the defense is too inconsistent -- they've given up point totals of 6, 30, 20, 28 and 42 in five games this season -- and suggested that some of the team's players are too concerned with their individual stats.
“Bottom line is you go out there and do your job, you might not get the sacks and stuff like that, you might not get the interceptions, you might not get the tackles for loss,” Robison said. “But if you’re doing your job you give our team the best chance to win the ballgame, and that’s really all that matters in this league, how many ballgames you win and lose.”
Minnesota next hosts the Detroit Lions on Oct. 12, who Robison said will "tear us a new one, too," if the Vikings don't play better.
- Molly Geary