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Is The Window Closing?

September 26, 2010

Although the Vikings are fresh off their first win of the 2010 season, the team’s offense continues to struggle. They were able to ride Adrian Peterson to victory today, but Brett Favre did very little to help the cause. After three games, it’s clear the Vikings are not the elite team they were a year ago.

Which brings up a valid question: Has the window closed on this team’s Super Bowl chances?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that head coach Brad Childress had an “awkward” meeting with veterans on Friday where Chilly “reportedly encouraged the veteran players to win now because a lot of them won’t be back next year.” Couple Chilly’s meeting with Jason Whitlock’s thoughts on Favre riding off into the sunset once the Vikings are knocked out of postseason contention, and this season could spell the end of the current regime’s shot at an NFL title.

The Vikings currently stand with a record of 1-2. After next week’s bye, the Vikings face the Jets, Cowboys, Packers, and Patriots. To make matters more difficult, of those four games, the Vikings’ only home game is against the Cowboys.

It became clear after today’s victory that this is now Adrian Peterson’s team. He has a bright future in front of him, and may even bring the Vikings that elusive Super Bowl victory. The question remains: Will that championship come with Brett Favre and Brad Childress, or has their time already run out?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2010 4:01 am

    Yeah, I think Favre will bail if they’re not contending, and I think he should if it continues like this. But I think that while the passing game was off, Favre did still throw for 200 yards and a touchdown. Now granted, it was against the Lions, but Harvin did hook up with him a couple of times, and when the OL wasn’t collapsing he was able to make things work at a medium depth. I believe that the Vikings can win, whether or not they have playoff hopes or not is up in the air depending on whether or not they do win, but if the package had been given more time to gel (jell? wtf.. sp?) it would be a lot more dangerous. Letting Chester Taylor go was a big effing mistake, in my opinion, as he was an important part of that formula last year, btw.

    The Vikings defense is still very good. While that secondary is still weak, and they don’t have the kind of creative corners and safeties that you really need to have a shut down secondary, they still managed to hold the Saints to 13 points, the Lions to 10 (all of which came from a very short field) and the Dolphins to 14, only 7 of which came from defensive play. If they can crash course on offense for two weeks and come out against the Jets a different team than we’ve been seeing, I think that this season will be very, very different.

    But I guess that’s my optimist speaking.

  2. September 27, 2010 4:06 am

    Oh, also, I think they shouldn’t ditch Chilly just yet. I know people don’t think he’s the world’s greatest coach, and they’re probably right, but he has done good things with the Vikings even if he’s made some mistakes. Having a bad year due to injuries and issues at the QB position is not enough reason to can his ass in my opinion. Sure, he’s not Denny Green or the guy who should’ve taken over for Green, Tony Dungee, but I still like him.

    • September 27, 2010 6:14 am

      You may be one of the few Chilly supporters left in Minnesota.

      • September 27, 2010 7:14 am

        Actually, I’m in Actually, I’m in Sweden. 😛

        But what is it that you don’t like about Chilly, then?

  3. September 28, 2010 9:31 am

    how about whitlock’s call? he says watch-out for a media plant saying favre is playing more hurt than anyone realizes, opening the door for a “honorable discharge.” what do i read sunday morning when i open my sports section? sid hartman’s headline, “Favre playing hurt but can beat Lions: It’s clear the Vikings quarterback is not 100 percent, and he’s been pressuring himself as he tries to avoid going 0-3”

    awwwww, poor brett.

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