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Notebook: Lost on the lines

Jared Allen (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

In a battle that was expected to be physical, the Vikings lost out in the offensive and defensive trenches. The Titans got more pressure from their defensive line and protecting their quarterback better with their offensive line.

Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte left the game when it was essentially over with blood squirting from his non-throwing hand. It was a fitting and graphic conclusion to a game in which the Vikings lost the battle of the trenches. The Vikings and Titans were considered nearly identical teams. Both had veteran quarterbacks in their late 30s who have at least temporarily replaced the younger...

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