The 29-20 loss to the NY Jets on Monday Night Football sent the Vikings into a 1-3 hole that is going to take a lot of work to climb out of. But the reality of it all is that the Purple have played just 4 games this season and only 1 in their division. This leaves 12 more regular season games – 5 in the division – to make a playoff push.
You could take 2 polar opposite viewpoints on the outlook for the Vikings from Monday night’s loss to the Jets.
One being that the Vikings offense has been slow-starting early in the game, which seemingly puts them in a hole they cannot escape – a negative aspect that may plague the Vikings for the rest of the season.
The other takes on a more optimistic view; the Vikings offense showed signs of greatness after the Brett Favre-Randy Moss connection for a TD, igniting a furious come-from-behind effort that fell just short – a positive sign of things to come from a star-studded offensive cast.
As Mike noted this morning, we here on the vikings.com Blog would like to point out the latter rather than the former because “that’s how we roll.” But don’t get us wrong, we are well aware of both sides of the outlook here.
First off, if the Vikings can put together a complete game of what they showed during the 2nd half of Monday night’s game, watch out. That was a stout pass defense the Vikings just faced in the Jets – anchored by CBs Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis – and Favre and Co. broke through in the 2nd half with 233 passing yards and 3 TDs. The 2nd half performance by the Vikings offense was an obvious improvement from the 1st half, but also a step forward in comparison to their previous 3 games
Second, a 1-3 start is not the end of the world and the Vikings have proven this in recent years. Just 2 seasons ago in 2008, the Purple started 1-3 but reversed their fortunes by winning 9 of their last 12 in route to winning the NFC North.
So how do you see the Vikings future panning out? Let us know by posting your thoughts in the comments section below this post.
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