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In every game this season the Vikings have held double digit leads at some point, only to see those leads evaporate right in front of their eyes.
They've been able to run on teams that perhaps they should not have such as Arizona, and passed against teams that should've shut them down such as San Diego; albeit with limited success.
The defense has shown that they can get to any quarterback, and if allowed, can really cause a lot of trouble the more aggressively they play.
In short, this team can compete.
It's an important lesson for the Vikings to learn because int he NFL, short-term memory reign supreme, whereas long term memory kills.
The Vikings MUST continue to realize and find faith in their overall team build and design if they are to move forward, and their Week 5 victory was a great starting point.
The other value to this lesson is the fact that this Vikings team can conceivably beat Chicago and Green Bay and Carolina before heading to the bye, but BELIEVING they can will be the "X"factor.
The short-term application here is the Vikings need to forget Weeks 1 through 4, savor Week 5, and come to terms that with a little belief, continued solid execution and aggressive play, the Vikings could very easily be 3-4 before their bye putting them right back into the playoff hunt by November.
It's time to tighten up Minnesota!