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Notebook: Third-down defense kills Vikings

Christian Ponder (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Vikings defense has shored up some of its previous woes, but it still can't get off the field on third downs. A look at just how bad things were, with reaction from Leslie Frazier and Christian Ponder, as well nearly two dozen notes that tell the tale of the game.

The Vikings defense has shown marked improvement of the dismal 2011 season in many facets of its game. But one area that has been a constant problem rearing its ugly head again Sunday in the Vikings' 28-10 loss was the inability to get the defense off the field on third down. With a defense in the top half of the league in most statistical categories, it has been one of the glaring... Recommended Stories