Monday, December 01, 2008

Vikes to face toothless Lions next.

The Minnesota Vikings hit the road to face the 0-12 Detroit Lions. And they end up losing 27-24.

Can you see it happening?

Actually I did see it happen because that’s exactly what took place on December 16, 2001.

In Week 14 of the ’01 season, the Vikings looked totally disinterested as it was becoming quite clear that coach Dennis Green was on his way out (he was indeed fired two weeks later). Starting QB Daunte Culpepper was hurt and wide receiver Randy Moss was just a month removed from his asinine declaration of “I play when I wanna play.” It was painfully obvious that the Vikings were looking to move on to the offseason.

This season is quite different. With the Vikes in sole possession of first place in the NFC North division (thanks to Sunday's win against Chicago), they have to maintain that status to reach the postseason. Since there is no way that this division will produce a wild card team, the only way in to the playoffs is to win the North.

So any thoughts of this Sunday’s tilt being a “trap game” should be dismissed. And if defensive linemen Pat Williams and Kevin Williams receive suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy? All bets are off then.


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