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Brett Favre slumped in his locker room chair shortly after the Minnesota Vikings dramatic overtime victory (27-24) over the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome on Sunday. Head in his hand, bloodshot eyes and the picture of exhaustion, Favre looked like a beaten man--yet he had a small smile on his face. He had just thrown for 446 yards (a career high), leading his team back from 14 points down with 4:39 left in the game, and he was totally spent. He gave everything he had, along with his teammates, to save the Vikings' season and, potentially, the head coach's job.
The sky is falling; the sky is falling! Or more appropriately, the Teflon roof at the Metrodome is falling in on the Minnesota Vikings' season. At least that is the alarm being sounded by the fans of the 0-2 Purple-helmeted Warriors. With a tough schedule ahead and two teams with a 2-game lead over the Vikings in the NFC North division, the hopes of Super Bowl rings are beginning to ring hollow.
Well it's time for a reality check. Let's take a look at what has happened and what it means and what still could take place.
The Minnesota Vikings lost a winnable game against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. It was tailor-made for another in a career of Brett Favre late-game heroics. But he was not sharp and the offense was not in synch and they could not put together the late game drive (like they did in the first half) that could have sealed a victory.
In 2009, the Minnesota Vikings finished their season one fumble, one interception or one penalty, depending upon your point of view, away from the Super Bowl. For many members of the team, the crushing loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game still sticks in their craw, and they have returned (21 starters) to the 2010 team with unfinished business on their minds.
It's called a dress rehearsal for the starters. The third preseason game (one of the games the NFL owners want to eliminate in the future) is considered the dress rehearsal in which the starters get a chance to play more than a series (as Tarvaris Jackson did in game one and Brett Favre did in game two). But for the Vikings offense, which lately has added new names to the active roster each week, this should be considered a get-acquainted read through. Favre came to town on August 16 and made a cameo appearance last Sunday against San Francisco, where he was summarily leveled and...
The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver situation just went from tenuous to big trouble. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has reported that Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice had hip surgery yesterday. Rice sent a text to the Tribune's Chip Scoggins saying that the surgery went well and he is expected to miss the first half of the season. While we don't know the exact nature of the surgery, we do know that the Vikings situation at wide receiver, which was a team strength last season, is looking, at best, like a liability right now.
First there is Rice, who knew of the hip problem in...
* August 23rd, 2010 12:00 am
The Minnesota Vikings traveled to San Francisco on Sunday night and showed once again that Sunday night is not their prime time. Just like the Arizona Cardinals game and the Carolina Panthers games -- both played on Sunday Night Football last season -- the Vikings laid an egg on national television. Brett Favre came to town this week and made the trip to San Francisco to play four plays, but it may have been his arrival at Winter Park earlier this week that had the biggest effect on the outcome.
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