Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson believes he's the cause for the team's defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Simpson had three big drops in the game, and only had a single receiving yard on the day, contributing to quarterback Christian Ponder's poor day. Here's the quote from Simpson, via the Star Tribune.
"It wasn't the offense, it was me," said Simpson, who had three of what was at least five dropped passes by the Vikings on Sunday. "I was terrible. I didn't make the plays I was supposed to. I just let the team down."
The Vikings had just recovered a Matt Forte fumble when Simpson dropped his first pass, which was a third down at the Chicago 22-yard line. The pass would have resulted in a first down and potentially a touchdown had Simpson held on to it. His other drops came in the third quarter.
Overall, Simpson caught one pass out of five thrown his way, for one yard total. Simpson was signed to be one of Ponder's top targets in 2012, but that kind of production doesn't help the team win one bit. Ponder finished the day with 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He had a 58.2 passer rating and a 51.2 completion percentage.