The 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers comes as a tough setback for the Vikings who dropped their 4th game of the season – not to mention the defeat was delivered by a divisional foe, dropping the Purple 1 game further back in the NFC North standings.
Although the loss to the Packers was a setback, the Vikings got some help from a future opponent on Sunday afternoon to keep the divisional race open for contention. The Washington Redskins defeated the NFC North leading Chicago Bears 17-14 in a game worthy of the center ring at a circus.
The matchup between the Bears and Redskins was a back-and-forth battle, but not one that sent the score back-and-forth. Rather, the turnovers continued to trade from one team to the other. The Bears committed 6 turnovers (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) while the Redskins gave up 3 (2 INTs, 1 fumble).
Bears QB Jay Cutler continued his struggles behind a mediocre offensive line completing 26 of 40 passes for 281 yards, 1 TD and 4 INTs for a passer rating of 54.3. Cutler completed 4 passes for 92 yards and a TD to DeAngelo Hall, but the only problem is that Hall is a CB for the Redskins.
The Chicago loss drops the Bears to 4-3 and now they share the NFC North lead with Green Bay. The Bears will move into their bye week and will travel to Buffalo on Nov. 7 to square off against the Bills. The Packers will travel to New York this Sunday for a matchup against the AFC East leading Jets.
The Detroit Lions stood idle at 1-5 in Week 7 with their bye and will host the Redskins at Ford Field this Sunday.
For the Vikings, the loss to the Packers gives many critics reason to believe the playoffs are slipping out of reach. But the fact of the matter is the Vikings still stand just 1 game behind the Bears and Packers in the loss column and have 4 more head-to-head matchups against NFC North opponents – 2 against the Bears and 1 with both the Lions and Packers.
In the 50-year history of the Vikings, the men in purple have started the season with a 2-4 record 7 times (prior to 2010) and have made the playoffs once during those 7 seasons. The 1999 Vikings under the direction of head coach Dennis Green reached the playoffs by winning 8 of their last 10 games after starting the season 2-4. Green’s squad made the First-Round Playoffs and defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-10 at the Metrodome, but fell to the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional Playoffs by a score of 49-37.
An interesting side note from the 1999 Divisional Playoff loss to the Rams is Vikings WR Randy Moss hauled in an impressive 9 receptions for 188 yards and 2 TDs.
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