Last year, the Minnesota Vikings were sitting at 6-6, the playoffs a distant dream. The final four games had three on the road and a finale with a pretty hot Green Bay Packers club at home. It seemed an impossible task. The impossible became reality. Aside from the defense improving its rankings, a guy by the name of Adrian Peterson suddenly donned his Superman cape, and Ponder had somehow come out of his midseason slump. The playoff season was a speedy exit, but the season had exceeded all expectation.
This season expectations were high; another playoff season, perhaps a divisional crown…a Super…nah, better not. Sixteen games is a long season, and with two in the books, the naysayers, doubting Thomases and otherwise negative Nancys are thumping at the door demanding answers.
The Vikings currently sit at 0-2, with two tough road losses to division rivals, no less. In order for the Vikings to realize postseason ambitions, they are going to have to turn it around quickly. According to Len Pasquarelli of ESPN, "Only 13.75 percent of 0-2 teams have gone on to make the playoffs." True, that does not bode well for the Vikings, but at least it’s not zero percent. A surprise note about a 0-2 team is on the last slide.
Right now there are only three teams undefeated in the NFC: the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. There are five teams sitting at 0-2, including last year’s NFC East-winning Washington Redskins and the New York Giants with Eli Manning, who is playing rather poorly right now. Here is the good news: The Vikings are the only 0-2 team not to lose at home. The remaining eight teams are 1-1, so all is not, nor should be, doom and gloom in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Relax!
The following slides break down the remainder of the season in quarters. I know, pretty clever, huh?
So, if you’re game and haven’t sold your collection of Vikings memorabilia yet, hit the ol' Next button