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Too little too late

The Vikings came into the game Monday night with several goals and many things to prove. What they proved was, they are not as good of a team as we thought they were. The importance of this game could not be overlooked. This was a huge game in determining how the playoffs would set up. The Vikings had a chance to control many things about their trip into the playoffs.

In the first half, the problems from last week continued. The defense did not play like one of the highest-ranking defenses in the league; they were tackling poorly, and not getting any pressure on Cutler. It was also very evident how important E.J. Henderson is to this defense.

The offense also did not open holes to run through, and gave Favre very little protection. The special teams let the Bears have good field position through most of the game. Letting the Bears come back when it looked like the Vikings were going to make a comeback and win the game. In the end it was more mistakes that let the Bears have another short field and allow them to win in overtime.

The future is a lot less certain now. Now the Vikings need help to have the playoff advantage that they should have easily had if they had played better the last month. Now the chance of being the first seed is gone, and being the second seed is something they need help to get. The Vikings have to beat the Giants, and Philly has to lose to Dallas.

Now the playoffs are going to be tougher. The way the Vikings are playing is not a good way to enter the post season. There are some very hot teams in the NFC coming into the playoffs. Another negative is the fact that the games may not be at the Metrodome.

It’s frustrating being a Viking fan right now, but it’s not over yet. They need to figure out what is wrong with the defense, what is wrong with the offensive line, and why Adrian Peterson keeps fumbling the ball, and they need to do it in 5 days. The Vikings can beat the Giants if they can fix the problems, and Dallas has a great chance of beating Philly, so getting the bye week is still possible, but they have to fix the problems now.

Read more article by Steve Pease at Examiner

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