Like a car wreck on the side of the interstate, you feel bad for everyone involved, but you have a hard time looking away. Nobody watching the Vikings this season can get any sort of handle on an easy answer as to why things have gone so sour this season, but everyone can agree that Murphy's Law certainly applies: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."
Minnesota has pushed that law to its absolute limits and sit at 2-7 after grinding out a 34-27 win over the hapless Washington Redskins last Thursday night.
It's been a bizarre free fall for a team that finished 10-6 and made the playoffs last season.
A four-game winning streak at the end of the 2012 season not only raised expectations for this season but also helped cover up some warts that have grown exponentially in 2013.
Many eyebrows were raised when head coach Leslie Frazier wasn't granted a contract extension following 2012's surprising finish, but now it looks like it's a long shot for Frazier to still be on the sidelines heading into the 2014 season.
Quarterback Christian Ponder played decent football in that four-game winning streak and had the Vikings coaches and staff convinced he could be the starting quarterback of a successful NFL franchise.
To say that hasn't worked out would be a huge understatement.
Having said all that, there are still seven games to be played on the 2013 schedule, beginning with a brutal pair of road games at two of the toughest places to win in the league: Seattle and Green Bay.
There will obviously be no playoffs for the Vikings in 2013, but there is still much to play for in the last seven games. Jobs will be won and lost over the last two months, everywhere from the front office and coaching staff to the guys on the practice squad.
With the long-term in mind, let's take a look at five reasons to continue paying attention to the 2013 Minnesota Vikings.