Minnesota showed that it has the talent to get the job done. It showed that it could compete with the better teams in the NFL—as was the case in the first half of the San Diego Chargers game in Week 1. The feelings were positive.
But then Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and running back LeGarrette Blount (two second half rushing touchdowns) crushed that idea in one half of football.
At 0-2, the Vikings have buried themselves into a nice little hole in the competitive NFC North (two undefeated teams and the Chicago Bears who dismantled the Atlanta Falcons 30-12 in Week 1 at home, but were dismantled on the road against the New Orleans Saints 30-13).
Here are five things the Vikings can feel good about entering a Week 3 home matchup with the powerful Detroit Lions: