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Sixty Minutes For The Vikings

November 15, 2010

I received a text from a friend last night that read: “We have sixty minutes next week to hold on to our season.” The more I thought about it, the more I realized he is probably right. Following a 27-13 loss in Chicago, the Vikings sit in the bottom half of the NFC North with an overall record of 3-6. In order to make the playoffs, the Purple would most likely have to win their remaining 7 games. Although ending the regular season on a 7-game winning streak is not impossible, it’s not all that plausible either. Alas, a victory against the divisional rival Green Bay Packers would go a long way toward salvaging some dignity in the midst of a disappointing season.

Until next week arrives, however, Minnesota Vikings fans may want to avoid the radio, internet, and newspapers. After a lackluster performance against the Chicago Bears, the sports pundits are not speaking very kindly of the 2010 Minnesota Vikings. ESPN1500’s Tom Pelissero writes that “the Vikings just aren’t very good.” In his scathing — yet accurate — assessment, he notes that, “[f]or all their talent, big names and bigger contracts, these Vikings are lousy. Period, point blank, no questions asked.”

In order to work towards changing that perception, the Vikings badly need a win. And a victory starts with fielding some healthy players. While the team awaits the return of wide receiver Sidney Rice, injuries are beginning to mount for the rest of the squad. Brett Favre added “throwing shoulder” to a list of ailments that already includes his ankle, foot, calf, and chin. Percy Harvin‘s ankle continues to bother him, Bernard Berrian‘s hamstring left him unable to participate on Sunday, and center John Sullivan left early in the game with a calf injury.

With a losing record and injuries limiting their playmakers, the Vikings cannot afford to lose another game. And with the Packers coming to town, the Vikings should not need any extra motivation. The Packers, who are coming off of a bye week, will travel to Minnesota well-rested. The Green and Gold has been playing well lately, and will bring yet another difficult test for the Vikings. If the Vikings want to salvage their season, now is the time. They have sixty minutes.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2010 4:58 am

    To be completely honest I think that the season is beyond reach. They have two 6-3 teams in their division. I’m not sure how they can make up that deficit.

    I’m bummed, though, gotta say that. I was really looking forward to this season. Not to mention that I blew 280 dollars on NFL Game Pass in order to be able to watch all the games this season. I’m just glad I chose the one that allows me to choose ANY game instead of just the Vikings games. At least I can see some good football from time to time.

    I am particularly bummed by the fact that Sidney Rice has been sitting. Given that the receiving corps is pretty much on the bench right now I’m not sure how this is going to come around. But let’s be completely honest, the issue on offense is the offensive line. I don’t know what happened between last year and this year, but that O Line is playing poorly. On the defensive side of the ball we’re really missing Cedric Griffin and the Williams Wall isn’t doing its thing at all (which is why Jared Allen has been so impotent this season).

    Unless magically all of those different teams start playing with some conviction and energy—and frankly, just start playing better (see especially McKinnie and Loadholt), I don’t see a way out for Minnesota.

    • November 17, 2010 7:16 am

      I think you nailed it in regards to the offensive line. As a unit, their play has been sub par.

      I don’t know what you do if you’re Zygi Wilf. You were/are so close to fielding a championship caliber team and then you have this season play out the way it has. With pending free agents and possible coaching changes, next year’s team could look drastically different.

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