The Vikings 2011 season has not gone according to plan, as a lopsided 2-9 record has the team far from the expectations that preceded the season. But while the Vikings record to this point in the season is lopsided, most of the team’s 9 losses have not been lopsided mismatches. That shouldn’t come as any sort of consolation to the team or its fans, but it does indicate that the Vikings are capable of turning it around over the last 5 games of this season.
The type of losses the Vikings have suffered on the road to the Bears (29 points) and Packers (38 points) have been rare this season. In fact, outside of those defeats the Vikings have lost just one other game by more than 7 points. The Vikings are 1-6 in games decided by 8 points or fewer, and the team lost its first 4 games of the season by a combined 19 points (4.75 points per game). Add to that the fact that the Vikings held leads of 10, 17 and 20 points at halftime of their first 3 games, and it’s clear this Vikings team has the capability to win any given week.
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier refuses to blame the losses on injuries or bad luck, and instead explained that his team just hasn’t been able to make the plays necessary to grind out close wins. But he also shouldered some of the blame on himself and insisted that his team continues to battle on a weekly basis to get things turned around.
“I think our team has been fighting week in and week out and we haven’t made enough plays to get over the top in some games,” Frazier said on Wednesday. “More angry with myself in not being able to get us where we needed to be so we wouldn’t be 2-9, but I think our guys have fought week in and week out and tried to put us in a position in the fourth quarter to have a chance to win games and we just have to find a way to get over the hump so we can gain some confidence and build on that and hopefully that will be this weekend.”
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