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The Quick Fix? A Win

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 23, 2010 – 7:14 am

In recent seasons there hasn’t been much similarity between the Vikings and the Detroit Lions. The Vikings have won 19 of the last 21 matchups, including 7 of 8 under head coach Brad Childress, and the Lions haven’t won in Minnesota since 1997.

On top of that, the Vikings have won back-to-back titles the past 2 seasons while the Lions have been cellar-dwellers in the NFC North.

But all of that is in the past and stands to be irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that there is a lot of similarity between the 2010 Vikings and the 2010 Lions. Both teams will enter this weekend’s contest at Mall of America Field with 0-2 records and both teams feel they aren’t far away from being 2-0.

While an 0-2 record certainly casts a shadow over the early part of a season, it’s not a cause for panic or despair. In 2009 the Tennessee Titans began the season with an 0-6 record, yet they bounced back rapidly and nearly made the playoffs.

One standout player on that Titans team was DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, who left Tennessee this past offseason and signed with Detroit via free agency. Vanden Bosch told reporters on Wednesday that all it takes to get out of an early-season funk is a win.

“All you need is a win,” the 10-year veteran said. “A win fixes a lot of things. When you lose a game and when you lose close games like we’ve lost the last two weeks, the mistakes are magnified. It seems like things are going a lot worse than they are. When you get a win, you kind of gloss over the mistakes and focus more on the positives. You feel better on Wednesday at practice, you feel better on Thursday at practice, and you just have that confidence. It sounds like a simple answer, but winning fixes a lot of your problems.”

Injuries and miscues have piled up for the Vikings, contributing to some of the early-season woes. But the Vikings will have their bye following Sunday’s game against the Lions and that will provide them an opportunity to regroup and prepare for a rugged month of October that includes trips to New York (Jets), Green Bay and then New England, along with a home game against the Cowboys.

Superstar RB Adrian Peterson feels like his team has been close to winning its first 2 games and agrees with Vanden Bosch that a win will grease the tracks for more success.

“Yeah, I think that’s all it’s going to take to get on the right track,” Peterson said on Wednesday. “Get that first victory in there and go into the bye weekend and we’ll definitely be back on track. It’s going to be nice to get that first win in and have a week to relax.”


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48 Responses to “The Quick Fix? A Win”

  1. By Bruce on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I was listening to that Favre wired for sound and I noticed he told Peterson “Be ready to jump” on that last play at the goal line where Peterson came up short. Peterson went low and was hit low and looking at the video, Favre was right about jumping over the defenders. If peterson had listened to Fave and jumped, he would have got into the end zone because the defenders went low. This is why this team and Brad should lieten to Favre. He’s been playing the game 20 years and he has seen it all. I think Favre would be a GREAT coach because he knows this game. His only flaw is that he wants to win so bad, sometimes he takes chances when he shouldn’t. But then there are times where it pays off big. Anywise AP, next time listen to Favre and jump!

  2. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    A FEW WINS STRUNG TOGETHER FEELS EVEN BETTER !!!!

  3. By purplefavrefan on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    amen, bruce

  4. By JUNE EVORA on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I’M WITH YOU GUYS ON THAT AS WELL. A WIN BEFORE THE BYE GIVES THEM SOMETHING TO BUILD ON. ESPECIALLY, SINCE THEY’LL BE FACING THE PACKERS NEXT MONTH. AND THE VIKINGS HAVE GOT TO GO IN THERE WITH SOME KIND OF IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR PASSING GAME GAME. GO VIKES!!

  5. By Eugene on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I feel you on that one Bruce I noticed that too on that play. But I also thought(being an arm chair QB right now) one of them Tight ends also could have been motioned to the left before the snap and that hole would have been opened some more because a couple of defenders would have had to account for the tight end that was motioned and had they still overloaded that strong side that could have been an easy lob pass to the tight end for the TD i know that don’t mean didley squat but I review tons of games as well I gotta learn this in some way because my son is an uipcoming football player…LOL! but anyway Skol Vikings!!

  6. By jjj on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    given how competitive the league seem to be and how everyone seems capable of winning on any given week – we could have a shot as a wild card – if we hang in there and finish strong

    So I say – if they will deal Vincent, lets still get him (however, I suspect they won’t trade him at any price) then pick of Walker (he at the very least would be a great Red Zone player) – and go into the stretch run of the last eight games (assuming we will still be in contention at that point) with Sidney, Vincent, Percy, Greg C. (who needs to be playing by the way), Baskett, Javon, and Shianco.

    With that group – we might have a shot at the playoffs and perhaps at the ring –

    These may sound like bold moves but timidity does not win games or garner much in life…

    If we can sign Vincent and have his services for a number of years – the upside could still be big – if not this year then thereafter…I would not get him if it meant only for one year…(just ask the Brewers about C.C.)… Thanks for listening…

  7. By stafnbui on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Who would of thought that the general consensus now belives that the Lions are going to wins this Game…at the dome.

    I think so to and its frustrating since this team was supposed to win it all now.

  8. By Robins on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I wish everyone would listen to Brett. He has the experience and has seen it all in his 19 years. We need some creativity in our play calling that would surprise everyone. I hope Brett to Hank…touchdown …..will be as normal as Brett to Sidney was. Good luck guys and win!!!! Brett, I am so glad you are back…..I hope Hank helps a lot!

  9. By Bleedin Purple on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    If AJ Smith and the chargers front office didn’t have a personal vendetta against Vincent he would have been wearing purple week 5 against the jets. We were offering them a better deal than they asked for… way to go tard of no rings.

  10. By Douglas Q on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    At this point the Vikings cannot lose no more than 3 games, 4 at the most. They have to sweep the division and win at home in case of any tie breakers. The only good thing about the Miami loss is the fact that it was out of the conference.

  11. By Eric B. on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    we need to trade Percy. To someone with a healthy player that can practice.

  12. By Douglas Q on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Vincent Jackson showed his hand a bit too early, and now the Chargers are behaving bitter towards him. They are going to get a compensatory late 3rd round draft pick for him when he becomes a free agent this year. Vikings were offering a 2nd round pick, which is more valuable than a 3rd round pick, but the Chargers were getting greedy and demanded two 2nd round picks. Personally, I think they have no intentions on trading him. They want him to sit out for the whole year and do nothing. Most likely he will get in trouble with all of that idle time and may end up being suspended for the whole 2011-2012 season.

  13. By Carl K on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Mike – I am glad someone in the Viking’s organization is willing to admit something needs fixed. Trading reynaud for a bag of nuts is inexcusable. An unwillingness to move an explosive playmaker Like Webb to WR when we need him the most is unbelievable. Starting players who are not healthy enought to practise or not ready to play at a high level on game day is CHILLi-TARDED.

  14. By JP on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    No Jackson? There goes the season. Favre didn’t sign up for this sh*t. The Vikings owe it to him to get some help for him. This whole preseason has been mismanaged. They new Rice was in trouble. They knew Percy was in trouble. Barrian has looked bad all last year, and prior save his first year – why would they think he could step up now?

    Drastic things need to be done. If nothing is done the vikes may not win another game.

  15. By secondnature815 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Too early to panic Vikes. But you need to stretch the field early in the game and not wait until you are trailing. I say you take a wide receiver and run him deep on every play. rotate them and when the d makes a mistake, Favre can burn them. With no deep threat the defenses will cheat up like they used to. Joe Webb is a great idea at WR for now. This ain’t pre season no more chilly. OPEN IT UP AND SCORE!!!!!!!!!

  16. By CA Norwegian on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    It was funny hearing Adrian’s take on the slip and run play against Miami When I watched the replay, I thought it looked like the D relaxed because they saw him go down behind the line… Then when he popped back up everyone was flat footed and he scatted for a bunch of yards. I heard him say if he hadn’t slipped down he would have ran in for the TD. At the time it looked to me almost like a brilliant ploy. Did anyone else see the defenders seem surprised by him popping up? A win is a fix, but a loss puts us in the cellar and makes oldschool about right.

  17. By Ekolu Osorio on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    One game at a time. Favre struggled the first couple games last year, so its time to get the offense rolling downhill. Detroit comes to the Dome at a good time. Our defense is playing great and the return of Chris Cook, Jimmy Kennedy this week, and Cedric Griffin after the bye for, promises to bring a feeling that we havent seen the best out of the defense yet. The gap seems to be closing and I believe a frenzied defense will be the result of an 0-2 start, and once the Offense gets rolling, we could see a torrid run for the Vikes. If they can dominate their division and at least secure a 1st round bye, we could be looking at a historical run to the Super Bowl. And I believe we have the character and the talent to achieve this. Play hard, play fast, play aggressive, play like there’s no tomorrow, hold the golden trophy!

  18. By OLDSCHOOL on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I hate to say this but….I don’t think with this schedule that we can put a string of wins together! I thought going into this season….even if we were completely healthy…..it was going to be a dog -e-dog fight every single Sunday! But, with this team looking like this………….let’s all just put in the game tapes from last year and pretend its this year because it’s just not going to happen for us this year…be honest with yourselves! This team is looking at a win on Sunday(may be)..we are 1-2. A loss at New York (at NY) 1-3. Toss up vs Dallas(I’ll give us a w) 2-3. At Greenbay…..PLEASE…Brett will be lucky that Clay Mathews doesn’t decapitate him…2-4. At New England…PLEASE..2-5. END OF SEASONS BOYS AND GIRLS!

  19. By paul on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    The whole team should listen to Bret than they all could have skipped training camp together.
    Yeah get rid of Childress and all of the other coachs and let Farve run the team.

    Give Farve a cell phone , than all of you know it all fans could phone in the plays during the game.
    Also fire the training staff, Farve could handle those duties in his spare time.

  20. By FarmerGuy on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Look…we know a couple of things.. first Brett’s arm seems less than it was a year ago, second his great receiver core for third downs, Taylor and Rice are gone…and Harvin’s Hip doesn’t help. The season isn’t done, its time for adjustments, which I believe is more in the hands of the coaches. Ok Brad, if I were you I’d get the Creativity factor and hit it up!!

    Screen plays like when we had Robert Smith in 98′ killed D line rushes, Quick slants, options of 3 step roll outs for Brett, Switch in Webb now and then. If I were coaching this Team I’d take the offense and make them in practice face our D fence, with the QB, whoever he is, Webb, Brett, or Jackson..to call all the plays in a 2 minute drill for 10 minutes or so.

    It’s far from over…we just haven’t set ourselves in the right direction.

  21. By larry2 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I feel alot better knowing S. Hill is starting for the Lions Sunday. 3 picks minimum. GAURANTEED

  22. By larry2 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Three things I would love to see this weekend.
    1. Peppers put a hurting on A. Rodgers
    2.My new hated team SD lose to the Seahawks.
    3.The Aints lose to the Falcons.
    A nice Trifecta

  23. By Bruce on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Paul, bet you got your mouth washed out a lot when you were growing up huh?

  24. By fire childress on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    not sure why my messages don’t go through

  25. By fire childress on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    listen up, chilly went for it on 4th and 2 in the 1st quarter in the Miami game. chilly lost that game all by himself. lets trade chilly to the chargers for V. Jackson

  26. By Lito on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Is it really hard for the coaching staff to design one play for Joe Webb? Loosen up the game plan. Opposing teams target Bret and AP. Which guys will step-up? I thought that the whole team are “all in”?

  27. By Just Win on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    If Favre continue to play as badly as he has the last 3 games, we’re guaranteed to lose to even the lowly Lions. His QB rating doesn’t lie. Since the Vikings organization is more talented than the rest of the league, we lose ONLY when his QB rating is below the league average to rock bottom.

    If Favre plays badly again and we lose this Sunday, then he should be “man enough” to walk into Chilly’s office on Monday and admit he’s doing more harm than good. Then he should recommend giving T-Jack the bye week to prepare and see if T-Jack can play better and give the team a spark.

    It would be a real shame if a 16 million salary and the ego the size of MN got in the way of Superbowl aspirations for the rest of the Viking’s organization and huge fan base this year.

    GO VIKES!

  28. By Robert on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Why aren’t they at least including joe webb as a receiving in the interim while they have him doing nothing? Brett said it right. they have to get him on the field. He’s a big strong guy who is bigger than any of their receivers. why not just let him go in there on some deep routes once in a while for a deep threat?

  29. By stephanie on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    I just watched Brett’s press conference and I really respect everything he said. He took a lot of the blame upon himself even though his receiver situation is in complete dissaray. I appreciate Brett’s honesty and I hope the receivers step up and make some plays for him. If the Vikings kicked a fieldgoal on the opening drive, they win the game. If the Phil Loadholt would have protected Brett in the endzone, Miami wouldn’t have gotten that sack/fumble and the TD and the Vikings would have won the game. They had 4 shots in the endzone on that second to last drive and all were runs. maybe change it up a bit? if Percy wouldn’t have slippled on the goal line and would have caught that ball, it wouldn’t have been flipped up into the air and picked off…that would have at least been a fieldgoal…the Vikings would have won the game. There are several plays that contributed to that loss…not just Brett. if you blame that game all on Brett you clearly are blinded by your hate for him ,

  30. By stephanie on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    “just win”….you don’t have a clue who Brett Favre is.

  31. By fire childress on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    chilly just made too many mistakes already, and we are not even in week 3 yet. not only is he going to give us one of the 1st ten draft picks next year, we will lose the stadium also, LA vikings- look how good Washington is with a good coach, that could of been us with a good coach, but nooooo, we fight for 3rd place in the North with Detroit

  32. By Rick on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Just win…. you must be one of those 90% of Packers fans who foolishly hate Brett with a passion… No Viking fan would make your comment!

  33. By fire childress on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    i am a viking fan, been a holder of season tickets for 18 years. chilly will never take the vikings to the superbowl. we need a real coach

  34. By Dean on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings needs more than a Quick Fix….. You guys are bottom of the barrel now.

  35. By Kitty--st joe MO on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    I hope they win!! I am will at the game after driving 422 miles–and hopeing to see Brett make his 500 TD!! Go Vikings!

  36. By Kitty--st joe MO on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    that was suppose to be hoping to see Brett…

  37. By Just Win on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Stephanie,
    Thank you for supporting my point of view! You’re giving all these reasons why Favre has a QB rating of 72 and 44 (an average of 62), which is proof why he’s NOT worth 16 million this year. He’s suppose to elevate the rest of the team, which he’s obviously not doing.

    AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE’S PLAYING EXACTLY LIKE T-JACK! Before T-Jack was benched in 2008, his QB rating against the Packers and Colts was 59 and 72 (an average of 66, which is still slightly better than Favre). If Shiancoe doesn’t cut off his route in overtime against the Packers then T-Jack doesn’t throw the Int. Likewise, if Shiancoe doesn’t drop the pass in the end zone against the Colts, the Vikings win that game. It doesn’t matter, because the only thing that matters is the Vikes LOSING both games, which is why he got benched!

    You’re essentially saying that Favre needs everyone on the team to play a perfect game in order for him to justify his 16 million salary and allow the Vikings to win. In other words, it needs to be the other way around. He’s getting paid 16 million so if the rest of the team doesn’t play a perfect game, we should still win. Otherwise, then he should retire, free up 16 million to get in V-Jack and a couple of other studs, and then play T-Jack who’s only getting paid 1 milion this year.

    True Vikings fans only want the team to win, regardless of who’s at QB.

  38. By Bruce on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Just Win, make sure you give thanks to Favre evrytime you sit ur cold a s s in that 300 Million dollar seat that Brett was responsible for getting you. That Borwn county vote only passed because Brett put the Packers on the front pages of the sporting news.

  39. By Susan on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hi, Mike: I didn’t see it mentioned in the blog (if I missed it, I apologize), in addition to the other stats, but people should realize that Favre is 25-9 lifetime against Detroit. Brett pretty much took total blame (in his press conference) for their loss to the Dolphins, which is crazy … you win or you lose as a TEAM. Pat Williams, after the Dolphins game, said something like, “Everyone’s got to play their game.” I agree; if everyone does their job, Minnesota WILL win this Sunday. (Of course, they definitely must keep Suh away from #4!) Go, Vikes!

  40. By Susan on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce, you are RIGHT ON (both comments)!!!!

  41. By rocksalt on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    YEAR TEAM WINLESS START ADVANCED TO:
    1990 Houston Oilers 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs
    Philadelphia Eagles 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs
    New Orleans Saints 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs
    1991 Atlanta Falcons 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs
    1992 San Diego Chargers 0-4 Divisional Playoffs
    1993 Pittsburgh Steelers 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs
    Dallas Cowboys 0-2 Won Super Bowl XXVIII
    1994 New England Patriots 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs
    1995 Detroit Lions 0-3 Wild Card Playoffs
    1996 New England Patriots 0-2 Lost Super Bowl XXXI
    1998 Arizona Cardinals 0-2 Divisional Playoffs
    Buffalo Bills 0-3 Wild Card Playoffs
    New York Jets 0-2 Championship Game
    2001 New England Patriots 0-2 Won Super Bowl XXXVI
    2002 Atlanta Falcons 0-2 Divisional Playoffs
    Pittsburgh Steelers 0-2 Divisional Playoffs
    2003 Philadelphia Eagles 0-2 Championship Game
    2006 Kansas City Chiefs 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs
    2007 New York Giants 0-2 Won Super Bowl XLII
    2008 Miami Dolphins 0-2 Wild Card Playoffs

  42. By rocksalt on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    another interesting statistic:

    …only three teams have survived 0-3 to reach the postseason — the ’92 San Diego Chargers (who were 0-4), the ’95 Detroit Lions (back in Barry Sanders’ heyday), and the ’98 Buffalo Bills.

  43. By Mississippi boy on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Dean…hmmmmmm…oh,I get it like the Sausage…head.
    Moron.

  44. By JeffGreen311 on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Vikings,

    I know everyone is down in the dumps probably about being 0-2, but you still have 14 games left. Who cares what the critics say. What matters is what you “BELIEVE!” What matters is that you all give it ALL YOU GOT! If you trust in each other and have faith in one another then anything is possible! It’s not about Brett or AD! It’s not about passing the blame on one to another. Football is a TEAM sport and everyone knows that there is NO “I” in TEAM! Chilly. I don’t care what anyone says. Your a GREAT coach! Just recognize all the potential and talents you have on your team and use them to their best ability! Be CREATIVE! Most importantly…HAVE FUN! I BELIEVE! Do you? Take it from Al Pachino:

    PLAY THIS EVERY SUNDAY!

    GO GET’EM VIKES! Ya’ll are 1!

  45. By paul on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce, Its Brown County.
    That vote passed because of the love affair the fans have for the Packers, this has been going on for decades.

  46. By fred on Sep 25, 2010 | Reply

    IF FARVE KEEPS TRYING TO FORCE THE LONG PASS IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG FRUSTRATING SEASON THE RECEIVERS NEED TO COME BACK FOR THE BALL WE DON’T HAVE BREAK AWAY RECEIVERS STOP FORCING THE LONG (INTERCEPTION) PASS GO BACK AND STUDY HOW CHRIS CARTER WOULD MAKE DEFENDERS MISS TURNING 5 YARDS INTO 30. IT ALSO WOULDN’T HURT TO GIVE PETERSON THE BALL IN THE SECOND HALF HE IS AVERAGING 4.9 YARDS PER CARRY WITH NO FUMBLES SINCE HE STARTED WEARING GLOVES

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