MINNEAPOLIS Jared Allen stood near his locker, a nasty gash across his nose from having his helmet pushed off during Thursday's game, looking every bit like he took the full brunt of a punishing fight.
Allen talked about a complete defensive letdown the likes of which Minnesota hadn't had this season. He gave credit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Thursday's 36-17 win and setting the tone by running the ball at the Vikings' once-proud run-defense.
"Hats off to them, they came in here and kicked our butts," Allen said. "Just top to bottom, I don't know if we overlooked them or not, but it's an embarrassing game for us."
Minnesota's defense, which keyed the team's surprising start, had been shredded by little-known rookie running back Doug Martin. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman hit just enough big passes, especially on third downs, to leave the Vikings (5-3) scratching their heads for answers into a long break following the Thursday night game, the only scheduled national TV a...