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Abundant and critical penalties cost Vikings

Jared Allen (Sam Riche/Getty)

There was a theme uttered by Leslie Frazier and Christian Ponder: shooting themselves in the foot. Eleven penalties, many of them at key moments, provided the ammunition for the Vikings' self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There is a football adage that says that penalties can do more to derail a team than anything else. In Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, when the Vikings look at what did them in, front and center will be penalties. The Vikings committed 11 penalties, many of which were critical to either keeping Colts' drives alive or costing the Vikings valuable field position. In the end, it...

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