Minnesota fans have to deal with reality. The Vikings season is over. Sunday’s game in Chicago was not just Brett Favre’s last game at Soldier field, but probably the last meaningful game he will ever play. Yes, this weekends game against the Packers will carry plenty of emotion, but lacks significant meaning. If Minnesota had been able to beat the Bears, then this upcoming game would have been huge. If the Vikes hadn’t turned the ball over four times yesterday, maybe they come away victorious. Those last two sentences pretty much tell the tale of disappointment that has been the 2010 season for the gang in purple. It has been a season of ifs and maybes with a steady flow of turnovers. That is a recipe for failure. For this team a record of 3-6 is just that.
Against Chicago on Sunday, the Vikings appeared to have decent game plan early on. As the game progressed, the mistakes mounted and Chicago began to build a lead. The Minnesota defense started out pretty well, but when the offense started turning the ball over, the Vikes D wore down. That is really what has gone on during the course of the season. Early on, Minnesota was keeping the opposition from scoring a lot of points, but after consistently being put on short fields all year, teams are scoring at a much higher level. After the first three weeks, the Vikings were allowing less than 13 points per game. Minnesota hasn’t held an opposing team under 21 points since week 3 and are allowing over 26ppg in their last six games. They have not beaten a decent team yet this season and I don’t think they have shown anything in recent weeks to suggest that they will be able to knock off Green Bay on Sunday.
If the Vikings were going to make a realistic playoff push, they had to have that game against the Bears. Any team that wants to make it to the postseason probably needs at least a 10-6 record. That leaves Minnesota with no margin for error. Maybe firing Childress now would give some sort of spark and would also give the front office a chance to evaluate Leslie Frazier as a head coach. Barring injury, nobody is going to bench Favre, but it would be great to see Tarvaris Jackson play. The Vikings need to know if he is a viable option for the future and his progress has already been stunted by Chilly and his unsteady hand. The outlook right now is bleak. Minnesota is faced with the fact that they need to run the table and it starts with their fiercest rival, the Packers, coming to town on Sunday.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).