Minnesota Vikings perennial All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams has the right mindset.
After the Vikes dropped to 0-2 in a 14-10 Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins, a frustrated Williams seemed to question his team's work ethic:
"You’ve got to play the game. You can’t just show up, no matter how many guys you have returning, who’s at quarterback, who’s on the defensive line, who’s at running back. You’ve got to play the game. When we realize that, we’ll be a lot better.
"We can’t just show up and think we’re going to win games. Everybody needs to check themselves and we’ll go from there. This is the National Football League. Every team has good players."
While Williams wasn't pointing any fingers, he most certainly has to be referring more to the offense than his defense, which ranks seventh overall in the NFL after two games, allowing 267 yards per game and 14 points per game.
The offense, on the other hand, is second to last in scoring.
What's most impressive about the Vikings' early season success on D is the fact they've done it without two key players—cornerbacks Cedric Griffin and Chris Cook.
In fact, if there's been any knock on the defense so far this season, it's been that they've allowed quick—and relatively easy—scores on the opposing team's initial drives.
Otherwise, they've settled down and played very well in two games decided by five and four points respectively.
There's room for improvement on both sides of the ball. But after two games in 2010, the defense is playing well, and the offense needs to get up to speed if the Vikings are going to get their first win.