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Vikings Trying To Build Momentum With Pair Of Divisional Games Ahead

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 12, 2011 – 8:26 am

The Vikings 0-4 start to the season was especially frustrating because they have a roster that contains plenty of talented players. In fact, many of the players on the roster now we’re with the team in 2008 and 2009, when the Vikings won back-to-back NFC North titles and went to the NFC Championship Game after the ‘09 season.

It’s for the same reason that the 0-4 start was frustrating that last week’s win over Arizona has given the Vikings confidence as they move into a key stretch of the schedule. A lot of times in the NFL it just takes one win to get a team rolling. Whether the Vikings can parlay their first win of the season into a string of victories remains to be seen, but there’s reason to believe it could happen.

“The atmosphere will be a lot different,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier explained earlier in the week. “But the confidence that you gain from winning a football game in a game where both teams desperately needed a win, for our guys to come out and play like they did, it’ll be a big confidence builder for us going forward.”

And the Vikings will need all the positivity they can muster over the next few weeks, as they hit the road to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football this week and then return home to play the Green Bay Packers next week. A road trip to Carolina for a bout with the Panthers follows the two NFC North games.

“This gives us some momentum,” Frazier said of the win over Arizona last Sunday. “We don’t want to go on the road without a win, coming from our home venue so it’s a big win for us. It’s a big confidence builder and it’s something that we should build on going forward if we want achieve our goals as a football team.”

A football team sets several goals before a season begins. Certainly one of the Vikings goals heading into this season was to content for the NFC North title. After a 0-4 start and then undefeated starts by a pair of division rivals (Detroit and Green Bay), the goal of winning the division seems far-fetched right now. But that hasn’t stopped the Vikings from continuing their pursuit of that goal, and also from achieving smaller goals along the way.

“I don’t know if I’d use the word selling, but I did talk to [the team] about looking at the season in quarters,” Frazier said, “and understanding that in our league, particularly this season with the way things were this offseason, that there are going to be teams that come back to us. We just have to make sure that we take care of what we have to take care of, and that meant starting this second quarter 1-0 in order for us to have a chance to achieve our goals as a football team because they still are achievable and if the guys took that approach, you just have to know things are going to work out when we get to December.”

Coaches and players insist on taking the season one game at a time, but it’s also important for teams to have an understanding of what’s going on around them. Breaking the season into quarters is a common way for NFL teams to keep a global perspective on the season.

The Vikings finished the first quarter of the season winless. But the second quarter of the season began with a win, and it continues over the next two weeks with a pair of pivotal games. Can the Vikings reverse their fortunes in the 2nd quarter and inch closer to a .500 record? Only time will tell, but if they could accomplish that goal, the third and fourth quarters of the 2011 season could be a lot of fun.


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15 Responses to “Vikings Trying To Build Momentum With Pair Of Divisional Games Ahead”

  1. By LifeLongVikesFan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    As Viking fans we learn to expect the unexpected, but 4-4 before our bye week would be momumental for this squad. We have played like a playoff caliber team for the first 30 minutes of 4 of the last 5 games. I look to the coaching and better QB play to make this goal a reality.

  2. By Tfunk2 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Coach John Fox made the switch official Tuesday, announcing Tebow will start against the Miami Dolphins when the Broncos return from their bye week.

    “Well, I think 1-4 has a lot to do with it,” Fox said. “We haven’t gotten it done as a football team. It’s not one guy. It’s not all Kyle Orton’s fault. But we do have to make adjustments, we have to change and we have to do something to win football games.”

  3. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry to be such a doubter, but I have 0 faith in McNabb, that’s my story and I am sticking to it.

  4. By vikingbob136 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    If i wanted comedy, i would watch the comedy channel.But now i can read the blogs of all these dreamers who think the Vikings are going anywhere this season.I know reality when i see it.We already have 4 losses.6 losses and you
    probably don’t make the playoffs.So the math says the Vikings have to go 10-1
    the rest of the way.Gotta love the comedy.

  5. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    vikingbob136………..If you want a good laugh, watch McNabb do his impersonation of an NFL QB.

  6. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    On second thought, make that a good cry.

  7. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The Bears look completely beatable

    Carolina is very Beatable

    and the Packers might have a back up LT blocking Jared Allen

    so if our 13 year vet QB can just focus and play like a one time pro bowler and our D can maintain the effort and production we had Sunday and the OL continues to improve …

    3-5 or 4-4 is very possible

  8. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Mike W: if your going to delete my first comment and video, you could at least delete the 2nd as well so it does not seem so misplaced, thanks buddy!!

  9. By Justin F on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    If we go 4-4, that would be magnificent. But, there are some difficult stats to mention -

    We have not won in Chicago since 2007 and are only 1-9 there since 2001
    We’ve lost to the Packers 6 of the last 8, with the blowout last year.
    We have never won in Carolina.

    3-5 I can see happening.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Sir Greasy Panda,

    We need more posts like the one you wrote about
    the reasons the Vikings will beat the Bears!

  11. By Purples05 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    There’s a stat out there showing how great McNabb is outside of the pocket. Frazier needs to roll McNabb out or bring him outside of the pocket more. Use his mobility…he can still move

  12. By VegasVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’m almost scared to watch the game, this will be my first one this year.

  13. By David P on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    VegasVike,

    The play of the QB and BB will make you cry. Have lots of tissue.

  14. By VegasVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    That’s what I’ve heard, until the top brass decides to move on from those two it doesn’t sound like we’ll ever get to .500
    That’s a shame, I wonder how the rest of the players view this? I’d be PI SS ED

  15. By MGR4FUN on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    just a reminder of my 5 favorite viking plays versus the bears … 1st and goal from the one and the “D” held and on the very next play … http://youtu.be/LJLYkdilUm4 … #87 goes 99 for a td … i also remember #28 tore up the bears in chicago for his 2nd best day as a pro … the bears are ready for a real butt-kickin

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