Home stand? Vikings not out of it yet

The Vikings have a 2-5 record, but with a lot of home games remaining, their success in the Metrodome, and three of their loss against the AFC, they aren't dead yet.

With a 2-5 record, the Vikings are starting to sound like the classic line from Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber: "So you're telling me there's a chance."

In his case, that chance was set at about one in a million of getting the girl of his dreams. In the Vikings' case, the odds are much more in their favor, but their wiggle room for success has all but been eliminated. Still, the worst part of their schedule behind them and the chance to get back into both the division title race and wild card field remain very much alive. To achieve that, however, they are going to need some help and take care of their business at home.

Last year, the Vikings were one of just two teams in the league (New England being the other) that went undefeated at home. Starting this Sunday against Arizona, the Vikings will play five of their next seven games at the Metrodome. In that seven-game span, they play the division-leading Packers at home and have two games with the Bears – both of the teams the Vikings are trying to catch in the division. Their only road games during this seven-week stretch are at Chicago and at Washington, two teams currently struggling to generate offense.

The road won't be easy, but, as the story goes, you're telling me there's a chance. It isn't a great chance at this point, but with three of the Vikings' five losses coming against the AFC, they haven't killed themselves in the NFC playoff chase.

What they do from here on out is going to determine their fate, but, as it stands, despite a 2-5 record, if the Vikings can win their next three games to get back to .500, which would include three conference wins and divisional wins against the Packers and Bears, they would erase the tie-breaker disadvantages they currently have and set themselves up to control their own destiny down the stretch, which includes a rare three-game home stand in December. It will take a big turnaround and an element of luck, but the Vikings aren't dead in the water just yet.


  • Owner Zygi Wilf has spent the last two days at Winter Park meeting with players and coaches amid growing rumors that Brad Childress' job may be on the line, especially if the Vikings lose to the Cardinals on Sunday.

  • While wide receiver Sidney Rice said he "felt great" being back on the field practicing with his teammates after being taken off the physically unable to perform list, he sounded as if he has ruled out his availability for Sunday's game and it would appear the targeted return date would be either at Chicago Nov. 14 or at home against the Packers on Nov. 21.

  • Today will be a big day for Percy Harvin, who has missed the last two days of practice. He was the only player who missed both days of practice. Seven other players were limited – Brett Favre (foot/ankle/chin), Pat Williams (elbow), Ben Leber (knee), Chris Cook (quadriceps), Lito Sheppard (hand), Frank Walker (hamstring) and Chris DeGeare (ankle).

  • Reports out of New York are that Jenn Sterger, the woman at the center of the Favre texting controversy, is still not speaking to NFL investigators, which should for all intents, end the investigation.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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