Bounce Back – Vikings Have Been There, Done That

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 23, 2009 – 8:13 am

Coming off a loss and needing a win in a big spot – this is nothing new for the Vikings and this is nothing this Vikings team hasn’t done already.

Yes, the Vikings sit at 11-3 and have already won the NFC North. But after 2 ugly losses in their past 3 games, the squeeze is on as the Vikings try to maintain their hold on the NFC’s #2 seed against a hard-charging Philadelphia Eagles team.

In order to hold off the Eagles and secure a bye in the 1st round of the playoffs, the first order of business for the Vikings is to win this week in a big spot – at division rival Chicago on Monday Night Football.

Trends are working against the Vikings right now. They’ve lost 2 consecutive games on the grass and in prime time – at Arizona in Week 13 and at Carolina in 15. But while those trends must not be ignored, there’s another trend that works in the Vikings favor that is just as relevant.

The Vikings have been great in bounce back games over the past 2 seasons. In fact, the last time the Vikings lost 2 consecutive games was back in Weeks 1 and 2 of the 2008 season. After dropping season-opening contests at Green Bay and then at home to Indianapolis in 2008, the Vikings bounced back in Week 3 to defeat the Carolina Panthers, a team that eventually went on to win 12 games.

And after each of their first 2 losses this year, the Vikings have bounced back in resounding fashion the following weeks – in big games. Consider…

– Loss #1 for the Vikings came in Week 7 at Pittsburgh. The following week, QB Brett Favre and Co. marched into Lambeau Field in front of a huge national audience and defeated the Green Bay Packers 38-26.
– Loss #2 came at Arizona in Week 13. The following week, the Vikings headed back home and hosted the Cincinnati Bengals, who at the time had the AFC’s 2nd best record. Everyone said it was gut-check time for the Vikings. Well, the Vikings guts checked out well as they dominated the Bengals and won by a 30-10 count.

Now after their 3rd loss, an ugly 26-7 affair at Carolina, the Vikings find themselves in another big spot and in another bounce back game in need of a win.

Been there, done that.

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22 Responses to “Bounce Back – Vikings Have Been There, Done That”

  1. By NDVikesFAn on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    I hope our favorite team is really upset about how the Panther game turned out, and takes out their frustrations on the Bears. I would love to see the O-Line explode people off of the ball, and the D-Line be really upset at the guys across from them and tear them apart. Everyone else is making a statement against us-it is time for us to make a real statement-that we can be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs this year. Most of the analyists are writing the Vikings off because of our two poor performances at a time when we should be peaking.

  2. By Ken B on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Yea, hopefully the O-Line steps it up big time, to protect Favre and help out AD. The Chicago game going to be very important, we need momentum going into the playoffs

  3. By TDP on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Better fix the having to lose to play good trend…can’t lose in a few weeks in playoffs or you dont get another chance

  4. By Justin on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Is anyone else tired of hearing none stop coverage of the Favre/Childress confrontation? I never thought I would miss hearing about Tiger’s infidelities but this is getting ridiculous. Football is an emotion game, tempers flare, and things get heated. BIG DEAL! Childress knew who Favre was before he signed. He knew is history of calling audibles. This is one of the reasons Favre is so special. I have no problem with a player wanting to stay in a tight game to try and secure a #1 seed in the playoffs. The problem I have is a coach throwing in the towel in the 3rd quarter. It’s also very funny to me that Childress is upset with Favre considering he is the only reason Brad got a contract extension. Was anyone else shocked that the Vikings decided to do this considering this is the 1st year since he arrived that we have been a legitimate Super Bowl contender? This team has been loaded with talent for awhile now and its nice to watch them play well but a lot of that has to do with Childress not calling the plays anymore!!! This guy is a total control freak and PANICS at the first chance of trouble. I’m concerned about the future of this team with him being contracted in for years to come. We won’t have Brett Favre, Leslie Frazer, and maybe Darrell Bevell next year so expect a big let down next season as a direct result of CHILLY!!! Thanks for letting your ego bring this team down.

  5. By PurplePeopleEater on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Frankly, I’m tired of fans attacking a coach that has found a way to continually improve this team. Things are never going to go EXACTLY the way that any one individual fan wants them to, and things are going to change ALL THE TIME. The fact of the matter remains that Chilly is working with these changes and the team looks better every year. So long as that trend continues, there is no reason at all to scream for his head.

  6. By Ken B on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Yea im right there with you guys. The whole Childress/Favre thing is blown way out of proportion. All the blogs on yahoo and espn are rediculous. But hey thats what happens with Favre, people love attacking him and creating faulty rumors for whatever reason.

  7. By Youcef on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Favre is not the problem and I can prove it. Read my article:

  8. By Michael Andre on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Yes, I like the positive thinking…I think there is a LOT more win in this Vikings team from here on out. A loss is always two sides of the same coin – for every team that fails to show up or execute, there’s another one that’s fired up and making plays. Personally, I can’t wait to see a string of big gain plays and a mixed attack. Happy Holidays!

  9. By Vikings Fan from Afar (West) on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Has Brad Childress ever said the following to Brett Favre?

    “Hey, you put peanut butter in my chocolate!”

    Then, Favre’s reply: “You put chocolate in my peanut butter!”

  10. By Stephanie on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    not only are people freaking out over the Viking’s loss, but freaking out over Brad and Brett. I’m prett sick of it all. I really can’t stand the media and how they blow everything out of proportion. but that’s what they do, try to create some drama and report things and take them out of context before they know all the details. this team has been too good this year not to bounce back. but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  11. By jim on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    i have two problems with this team; first the inability to sustain any running game. because as we get closer to the playoffs, there isn’t anything more important offensively. second ,making adjustments when there is a need to. example; against carolina, julius peppers was blowing thru the left side. it was clear mckinnie couldn’t block him alone. insead of giving him help with a tight end or a back, the coaching staff let brett get killed. the way they handled it was to bench mckinnie and put in hicks who also had problems and then they wondered why brett was audibling all the time. HE DID’T HAVE ANY TIME TO THROW THE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. By Josey on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Leave no doubt Monday Night in Chicago.

    Shut them up for good.

  13. By PAVikesFan on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    ‘Justin’, completely agree with basically all u said…And, yes, we are all sick and tired of the media blowing this thing WAY out of context, ridiculous

  14. By BeeCharmer on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    It’s just starting. What do you think the Packers went through for years. Have funnnnnnnnnnnnn. You gots yourself an ego manic. He will cost you any win in playoff games. Ha Ha Ha

  15. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    We need to get AP going….25-30 runs a game. Time off the clock,control the game clock and keep offenses like the Saints and Philly off the field. Our secondary is average at best. We have been passed on all year! I believe that our secondary is the only weakness when we put everything together. Which, by the way, has not happen yet this year! If it does come together…off.-def.-and special teams…….from top to bottom, no team is more complete! No team can stay with us!

  16. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Side note…funny how the media that was on the vikings jock 4 weeks ago talking about how the Saints and Colts were still undefeated but that they thought that the Vikings were the best team in the NFL! Well boys….they still are! The team still has the same players the last time I checked. From top to bottom! There is a reason why there has only been 1 team to go from start to finish with no losses! I’ll take 13-3 any day! Prediction…Saints lose first round and the Vikings host the NFC Championship after they win at home! Then they go to the Bowl! Against the Chargers!

  17. By guest on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Lets just destroy the bears. Shut up the media for good. They can talk all they want, but this team is special and we aren’t going to give up or back down. This is our year. The Superbowl is in our reach!! Cream the Bears and the Giants!!! Let’s go to the SUPERBOWLLLL!!!!

  18. By PAVikesFan on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Our weakest spot on the team was and still is our secondary, but with the loss of EJ Henderson, we now have weak spot at linebacker. Having a rookie MLB in there, now we have more weak spots…And it does take more than talent, teams that have the will and determination beat talent, and I’m not sure that we have the heart

  19. By BeeCharmer on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    No one is picking the Vikes anymore.

  20. By Dave on Dec 25, 2009 | Reply

    Championship game! Superbowl! Ilove my vikes and hope they prove me wrong, but i doubt it.

  21. By OMG! on Dec 25, 2009 | Reply

    I just heard on ESPN that Favre has left his family and has come out of the closet as gay! I can’t beleive it! No wonder he wanted to wear a purple helmet!!

  22. By RENEE on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply


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