A Much Deserved Loss — Vikings Drop Third Straight

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The Vikings snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday — this home loss to the Lions was by far the worst of the three on the season. Aside from the chorus of mistakes and miscues, the Vikings hurt themselves in more ways than one yesterday. This is a third straight loss, a second straight divisional loss and second straight loss to a very beatable opponent. But unlike the other two losses, one where the Vikings were outplayed much of the contest and the other where they were outplayed the entire contest, this loss came from the aforementioned chorus of miscues.

After 9 weeks, clearly this Vikings team is no where near as good as we thought they were, even the defense — they are likely closer to the team in the three losses these past weeks than the five mostly dominating victories (which is still shocking to me). I’m not sounding the “season is over” alarm, but these losses, specifically the past two are extremely troubling to a 2016 campaign that started out so promising.

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Perfect No More — Vikings Sink Themselves to First Loss

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The Minnesota Vikings have now experienced what every other team in the NFL has — a loss. Calm down Vikings fans, it’s only one game against a tough opponent on the road. And I will give credit where credit is due — the Eagles came up with a solid game plan and played well enough to win the game. But in my eyes, this game is all about the purple shooting themselves in the foot, over and over. Like the Week 1 loss last year to the woeful San Francisco 49ers, this was an uncharacteristic game from this Vikings team.

The obvious jumping off point is the atrocious play of the offensive line. We all knew this unit was the Vikings glaring weakness and it really showed on Sunday. Though the offensive line lost battle after battle and never got settled, a lot of factors contributed to Sam Bradford and the Vikings offense getting blown up.

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Last Man Standing — Vikings Head Into Bye Week 5-0

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After five weeks, the only undefeated team left in the entire landscape of professional football is the Minnesota Vikings. Starting quarterback, gone. Starting, Hall of Fame running back, gone. Starting left tackle, gone. Starting right tackle, gone. Despite all that, 5-0.

At this point it’s old news to talk about the greatness of the Vikings defense. Five weeks into the season, they are on a historic pace of shutting opposing offenses down. The Vikings defense has better defensive statistics through five weeks than the heralded, 1985 Chicago Bears defense. Let that sink in for a moment.

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Vikings Put Giants to Sleep — Rise to 4-0

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The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0. The last time they were 4-0… well, I can’t talk about that because it brings up too much pain (cough, 2009).

The NFL has surely taken notice of the Mike Zimmer led Vikings, one of the three remaining unbeaten teams. At this moment, they are undoubtedly one of the top three teams in the entire league — I think the Broncos are best until they prove otherwise and a Brady-led Patriots team are still elite. Still, top three in the entire league right now? When’s the last time we’ve said that (cough, 2009)?

The Minnesota Vikings turned in another start-to-finish, lights out performance and dismantled the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Giants barely showed a pulse for the duration of the entire match.

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Minnesota Vikings Breakdown: Players and Coaches Report to Training Camp Today

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For many, today is a great day. After the Superbowl, football is gone from Minnesota sports fans’ lives for 5+ months — but now, with players and coaches reporting to training camp today, excited Vikings fans get the chance to check out their favorite team back in action. Even though it’s just practice, and the current roster is significantly larger than the final 53 man squad, fans from all over the region flock to Mankato to get a glimpse of aging veterans, rising rookies, and seasoned superstars. Today marks the beginning of the season for the 2013 Minnesota Vikings.

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