Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre Fall To the Patriots, Playoff Hopes Are Fading

Ray TannockSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2010

It's OK, Brett.
It's OK, Brett.Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Brett Favre was knocked out of Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter, and The Minnesota Vikings failed to take advantage of a Patriots team that was supposed to be a lot weaker than they played like on Sunday, and the Vikings’ hopes of a playoff berth are beginning to fade away at 2-5.

Favre later revealed he needed eight stitches in his chin after taking a serious hit from New England Patriots end Myron Pryor.

At 2-5, the Minnesota Vikings are literally one game away from having their promising season end in disappointment, with the rising competition level in the NFL.

Sunday’s game will either have to act as a final wake up call.

The Patriots entered yesterday’s game as one of the bottom-feeding defenses, while the Vikings were rated one of the best. But it was the New England Patriots that disrupted Brett Favre and company, put a lid on RB Adrian Peterson, while also torching a vaunted Minnesota Vikings defense for 125 yards and three scores on the ground, while Tom Brady chimed in for an additional 240 passing yards and his own TD.

But don’t worry, Favre says he’s gonna play next week because he feels his team is “close.”

The fact of the matter is the only thing the Minnesota Vikings are actually “close” to is missing the playoff before Thanksgiving even hits, and that’s a fact.

There are currently three teams at 5-2, three teams with three losses and overall the Vikes are 12th in the Conference.

But every dark cloud has a silver lining, right?

Despite the Minnesota Vikings' season hanging on by a thread, two really good weeks could significantly change the entire playoff race and standings picture in the NFC, so it isn’t as if the Minnesota Vikings can’t get it together, but they actually need to do it.

The Vikings face another team that they should beat in the Arizona Cardinals before heading off to Soldier Field to face the Bears. After that comes another showdown with the Packers before heading to Washington to face the Redskins.

These are all winnable games for Minnesota, so if the Vikes want to salvage their season next week’s game would be a great starting point, considering even if they do win all four games, that would still leave them neck-and-neck inevitably at 6-5.

If they can’t get to that point, however, many fans from the North Star State will be thinking about the 2012 season by turkey day.