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Falling Behind

The Minnesota Vikings battled hard across the border in Green Bay, Wis. Sunday night against the Packers, but were unable to take advantage of a 4th quarter final-minute scoring opportunity and lost 28-24. The Vikings (2-4) look ahead next Sunday to the New England Patriots (5-1), but must first look in the mirror and find an identity the team can claim as it's own. Is the team one “of almosts” as Jared Allen put it, or is it one that “will” win a championship in this Super Bowl-or-bust season?

In the early goings of this one it looked like the game plan of the Vikings was to run the ball effectively and to sustain drives by converting on 3rd and short situations. That strategy worked effectively against the Packers, as Adrian Peterson finished with 131 yards off 28 carries and a score. Brett Favre played mistake-free football in the 1st half and the Vikings took a halftime lead into the locker room. But the team came out with a different identity in the 2nd half and disaster struck. Favre's play suffered severely. He threw 3 INTs in the 2nd half, two of them right into the hands of Packer defensive players almost as if he thought they were his own wide receivers. Could it be that Favre's senility made him believe he was a Packer again? His age must really be catching up with him. The turnovers resulted in 14 points for the Packers. Favre has 14 turnovers on the year.

Highlights come in no short supply for the Vikings offensive side of the ball. Against the Packers, the Vikings were able to use their young play makers Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson to run the ball into the end zone for two scores. On the game's final drive it appeared that Percy Harvin made a spectacular catch in the back of the end zone for the win, however official review determined he did not get both feet down before going out-of-bounds. Randy Moss contributed with his 15th TD against Green Bay in 15 games on his career and his 2nd TD catch in as many games as a Viking.

The Vikings were in a position at the end of the game to win. A 63 yard drive got the team down to the 10 yard line with a minute to go, but crucial penalties against the Vikings backed them up to the 30 yard line and spelled L-O-S-S for Minnesota.
The Vikings sit at 1-2 in the month of October, which is arguably the toughest portion of the team's schedule. A terrifying match-up in New England on Halloween awaits. Which Viking team will show up to play, the ghastly helpless squad we saw for quarters 3 and 4 Sunday night or a team with a purpose and the competitiveness to defeat an NFL powerhouse like the New England Patriots? Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

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