Upcoming Back-To-Back Home Games Provide Bounce Back Opportunity

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 15, 2012 – 6:14 am

After each of the Vikings four wins so far this season, Head Coach Leslie Frazier insisted his team keep their focus centered on preparing for the next challenge rather than basking in the glory of victory.

It only makes sense, then, that after his team’s loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Frazier was just as adamant that his team turn their focus to preparing for next Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, rather than anguishing in the misery of the 38-26 defeat.

The Vikings must take ownership of their most recent loss, but it’s also true that this most recent loss does not define the Vikings. Frazier’s team has proven tough to defeat so far in 2012, and that was the case once again on Sunday. But Washington found a way to do it.

Now the Vikings must find a way to bounce back. The opportunity will be there. After opening the first quarter of the season 3-1, the Vikings now sit at 4-2 overall after going 1-1 to begin the second quarter of the season. The Vikings will play two home games in a matter of four days next week, hosting the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following Thursday night. If the Vikings, who are 3-0 at home this season, hold serve at home over the next 10 days, they’ll do in the second quarter of the season what they did in the first quarter – go 3-1.

That will give the Vikings a 6-2 record after half the season, not a bad place to be in the rough and tough NFC North and the very deep NFC. Off this most recent loss, though, Vikings coaches and players will be the first to acknowledge there are improvements that must be made before the next game.

Those improvements will begin in earnest this week.

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