Despite today's win in at the Metrodome, all is not well in Minneapolis.
Despite a week's worth of adversity on and off the practice field, the Vikings were finally able to pull together as a team, albeit a bit late, in today's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Things looked bleak late in the fourth quarter, a fact that both quarterback Brett Favre and right guard Anthony Herrera both acknowledged after the game.
But Favre, whether you like him or not, finally showed a burst of glory as he was able to hook up with Visante Shiancoe just as he did early in the season to tie things up on the Viking's final 4th Quarter drive.
After that, it was a defensive game.
Jared Allen and the Minnesota defensive line were able to prevent Derek Anderson from manufacturing a final advancement at the end of regulation and carried the momentum into overtime, forcing a three-and-out and giving.
This gave the ball back to Favre and the Vikings offense to close things out with an eventual Ryan Longwell field goal.
But don't be fooled, the Vikings still have a lot to overcome. They are two games back from the division co-leading Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers and will need to improve on the road if they are to get back in the hunt.
Minnesota is 0-4 on the road this year and being that they are nearly in a win-out situation, will need to take at least three of the remaining four road games, which will see them traveling to two of the most vocal crowds in the NFC: Soldier Field and Lincoln Financial Field.
Of course, they will also have to defend their home turf, where all three of their victories have taken place. However, the quality of their home opponents drastically improves as the season progresses.
They will have to face both teams ahead of them in the NFC North (Chicago and Green Bay), the re-surging New York Giants and a winless Buffalo Bills team that always manages to be in the hunt at the end of the game.
That schedule is a far departure from their first four home games, which consisted of teams traveling from Detroit (2-6), Dallas (1-6), Arizona (3-5) and Miami (4-4), who was the only team to beat the VIkes at home.
As if the schedule wasn't working against them, the off-field drama certainly does. Head coach Brad Childress dug himself in a deep hole with the waiving of Randy Moss.
The move may have been the right one given the situation, but to make such a move without contacting owner Zygi Wilf, who reports say had a personal stake in bringing Moss back, was simply a bad move.
Reports of a confrontation between Childress and interim No. 1 receiver Percy Harvin at Friday's practice was not helping matters for the embattled head coach.Harvin would go on to play a crucial part in Minnesota's victory today.
Finally, Childress refused to stay mum about his 400+ yard throwing quarterback at the post game press conference. Said Childress about his job security:
“I’m not going to stand here like Brett Favre and tell you compassionately, ‘I need a hug.’ I’m all right.”
Whether the statement was a jest or otherwise, it's not the best way to sum up a controversial week of scrutiny. The following quote is taken from a Fox Sports article by Alex Marvez:
"There wasn’t a win-one-for-'Chilly' vibe in the post-game locker room. Vikings players didn’t douse him with Gatorade or carry him off the field. Asked whether he felt like he was playing for Childress’ job, Favre said: “I felt like I was playing for mine. I’m just being honest." "
That quote sums up the situation in Minnesota.
You still have a team full of individuals trying to find their place in the team.
You still have a coach that has lost his underbelly of support in his city.
You still have a situation where you have to take things one week at a time.