Minnesota Vikings Need a Win, But a Wounded Lion Can Still Roar

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 25, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines during the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The “Norris Division” has always been a historical focal point in football; leading the way in some of the most memorable football games between four of the most storied franchises in history.

So it comes as no surprise, that this week’s collection of games feature another etch in dramatic story lines for the Packers, Bears, Vikings, and Lions.

Monday Night Football will feature the battle for first place between long-time rivals, The Green Bay Packers, and The Chicago Bears.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will try to defend Lambeau Field and his first place crown against a Bears team that, to many, are surprisingly 2-0.

On the exact opposite end of that bill is another battle that will be waged in the trenches of uncertainty between the winless Lions, and the winless Vikings which, might I add, is also very surprising.

And not in that warm fuzzy feeling way either.

The Vikings entered the 2010 season with aspirations of postseason contention behind the veteran guidance of quarterback Brett Favre, the rookie laurels of receiver Percy Harvin, and of course the electrifying play of running back Adrian Peterson.

But since opening day, Favre has looked incredibly rusty and uncomfortable, Harvin appears uncertain and devoid of the polish that made him so dangerous in 2009, and Peterson—the only bright spot on offense currently—knows he can’t shoulder the entire load himself even if he wants to.

Enter in the Lions.

Detroit entered the 2010 season with one mission in front of them: To improve upon a forgettable 2009 season.

And to be honest, they aren’t that far off.

They nearly beat the Bears in Week 1—a game they should’ve won—and they nearly clipped the Eagles wings in week two which was also a very winnable game.

So with that brings us to Sunday’s matchup.

Both of these teams desperately need to show themselves, and their fans they are better than 0-2, and for the Vikings, it’s a little more pressing.

This team still has talent despite Sidney Rice being injured, but simply lack finesse.

A turnaround NOW, however, would be paramount to picking themselves up and brushing off two lousy games, before entering into the bye next week

And to do that, they will need to first rely on that defense that held the almighty Drew Brees to under 300 yards passing, while getting their own offense off the ground.

The bye week will provide many things for the Vikings: A much needed week’s rest, an extra week of healing, and an extra week to rid themselves of the rust and miscues that have been plaguing this team.

But it all starts with a win against a team that, quite frankly, they should be able to beat.

Hope you enjoyed and if you are looking for Fantasy Advice read my WR Start-Sit for this week.