Minnesota Vikings: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the First 4 Games of the Season

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Minnesota Vikings: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the First 4 Games of the Season
US PRESSWIRE

After the 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings sit atop the NFC North. Holding the divisional tiebreaker over the Chicago Bears gives Minnesota a surprising lead one fourth of the way through the season.

There is no question that the Vikings are a work in progress, but what they have done is impressive. There are quiet rumblings of a postseason run, and the optimism the fanbase exhibits is far exceeds the downplayed expectations they and national pundits gave the Vikings.

Coming off of a 3-13 season, the Vikings started off with a rough two games against weak opponents, which they split. After that, sterner opponents like the top-ranked 49ers and the playoff contending Lions tested the Vikings' mettle, and they came out ahead.

It still is extraordinarily unlikely that the young team headquartered in Eden Prairie will win the Super Bowl or even the playoffs, but Vegas has been kind to them in recent weeks, moving them up from an initial 75-1 odds to win the Super Bowl to 50-1.

En route to that lofty goal, the Vikings have reasons to be proud, concerned and adaptive. Or, in the words of Clint Eastwood's most famous Western, the Vikings have to deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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