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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