December On Their Minds

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2009 – 11:06 am

Today our calendars flip from November to December and the NFL has officially entered the home stretch of its regular season, with 5 games to go and 11 already in the books.

The Vikings finished their first 3 months of regular season action with an impressive 10-1 record, going 3-0 in September, 3-1 in October and 4-0 in November.

But as they finished up a 36-10 toasting of division rival Chicago last Sunday to wrap up their perfect month of November and complete a perfect 3-0 home stand coming out of the bye, Vikings players and coaches were more focused on what’s ahead than what they had just accomplished.

“You know what, we took care of the month of November,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said during his postgame press conference. “It just kind of spring boards you into December. Good teams play good in November and December. You want to be ascending and I think we can continue to climb.”

Vikings All-Pro DT Kevin Williams echoed his coach’s sentiments in the locker room after the game.

“A lot of people say they remember December and January for what you do – they don’t remember September and October,” Williams explained. “We’re trying to get it rolling at the right time, and keep it hot and rolling and keep adding these wins on so we can roll into the playoffs.”

The Vikings month of December kicks off with an important NFC battle against the Arizona Cardinals on the road. Then they return home to play the Bengals on December 13 before consecutive road games at the Carolina Panthers on December 20 and at the Chicago Bears on December 28.

The Vikings wrap-up their season on January 3 at home against the New York Giants.

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10 Responses to “December On Their Minds”

  1. By Drew on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    brett favre is doing an amazing job with the football

  2. By Don EV on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    Take a bunch of experience, added with a bunch of talent, and then add a winning attitude and hard work, and you have the Minnesota Vikings, who are now hitting on all cylinders! Did you see the “burst” of speed that Percy had in Chicago’s game wow! Don’t click on my name!

  3. By scott on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    I keep hearing this perfect month of November, but I’m pretty sure the Pitt game was Nov 1st. Still impressive nontheless, but curious that people keep saying this.

  4. By scott on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    Oh I see, that was the GB game on the 1st….got it.

  5. By PurplePeopleEater on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    These next 2 games are going to be our toughest yet. Arizona with home field advantage is going to be do everything they can to move up on us in playoff positioning, and then Cincy is going to come in hard, possibly coming down to be even more of an exciting nail biter than the early game against the 9ers. It’s time to make certain that all cyllinders are firing.

  6. By vikingsfan1955 on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    this is a very important month for the team and they have to stay focused.I feel they will be ok because winning hasn’t went to their heads and favre is so humble that the team feeds of him and he lets them know theres still a ways to go and work to do.chilly is doing very well and I know he won’t get over confident because he knows how fast the wheels can fall off.

  7. By PAVikesFan on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    All of a sudden these past 2 games Cincinnati has not looked impressive at all, I know they have some injuries, but they don’t scare me for some reason…I’ll tell ya what makes my skin crawl: People coming on here and saying things like “Favre is awesome and we are the best team and we are gonna win the super bowl”, etc, etc, etc….RELAX, I’ve seen so many teams through the years stumble in Decemeber and it carries into the playoffs…I’m not trying to be a downer here, but, and it’s ok to be confident in our team, but, c’mon, we’ve been down this road before, don’t be coc-ky, they don’t hand out the trophy for being 10-1…look to the Pats of 2 years ago, everyone thought they were indestructable, they couldn’t be stopped, this and that, this and that…look whatb happened, it can happen to any team and it’s happened to this franchise numerous times…my point is, be humble and don’t be a fool, when ppl talk all this nonsense, it alwyas comes back to bite them in the end, always…

  8. By thb on Dec 1, 2009 | Reply

    I said it a month ago and I will say it again. AD has to quit putting the ball on the ground. It is simply technique. He does not cover the ball when he is stood up and it is going to hurt us bad in the playoffs if he dont get it fixed. Im not a dooms day guy but this stuff will get u beat in the big games against good competition. Pls FIX it now before we end up dissapointed in early Jan.

  9. By purple08 on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    It is a nice scenario for the Vikes. The Saints are looking so good right now. It will be a good thing having the focus on them going onto the playoffs. We can go about our business and hopefully stay healthy for our playoff run. Question: If Minny wins out the season and the Saints lose 1 game, how do they decide who gets homefield advantage in playoffs should we meet in NFC Championship game. Let’s say both teams losses are non divisional.

  10. By VikesFan on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    So far, it has been an exciting year for the Viking franchise and their fans. A 10-1 record is nothing to complain about, but Childress is right. It is not about what the Vikings have done so far. It’s about what they will do in the future. They have two tough games coming up against Arizona and Cincinnati. By winning these two games and then finishing out the regular season with a rather easy remaining three match-ups, the team will be able to spring-board into the playoffs. And that is when the Vikings must really turn it on. NFL analysts, such as Ron Jaworski say that the Vikings are not only the best team in the NFC, but in the entire NFL. The team must show that and prove the analysts right because these next couple of games have a playoff atmosphere and let’s not kid ourselves. These are big games. And let’s also be honest, the Viking’s schedule has been relatively light thus far. So I think if the team stays focused and does not let up, they will meet the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game at the end of January. I, like Jaworski, think the Vikings can win that game and make it to the Superbowl. However, it’s what they do up until then that will make the difference.

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