Allen was asked to assess the Vikings current locker room demeanor and, as is his habit, he didn't mince words.
"We're fine," Allen said. "When you're at rock bottom, you can only go up from there. We've got nothing to lose now. Not too many people expect us to win. (We) just have to go out and have fun. It's the same old story. We have the capability and talent to right the ship. We just have to do it."
Allen said that, as the Vikings fight for their playoff lives just one game past the midway point of the 2010 season, he hopes Vikings fans don't take away their home-field advantage – actually making a plea to them not to turn their backs on them. He said he understood why fans booed when the Vikings fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and fell behind Arizona by 11 points. He didn't blame them for booing, but said the team needs the advantage provided by an ear-piercing home crowd to make things more difficult for the Packers offense.
"It's huge," Allen said. "Playing at home is always an advantage. You've got the energy of the crowd – please don't boo us. I know we haven't won, but we've given you some good years the last couple years, too. At home, when the crowd is going, you've got that energy. It evens the playing field a little bit. If the O-lineman is on a silent count and has to watch to see when the ball is snapped, at least now we both have to watch the ball to see when it's snapped versus knowing the count.'
Whether the Vikings are capable of pulling off what would be a historic feat – winning six of seven or all seven games remaining to make the playoffs – will play itself out over the next seven games. A loss to the Packers would likely end that quest in its tracks. Allen said that, regardless of how many wins the Vikings end up with in 2010, it will be a challenge to see who is giving 100 percent and who isn't – a true test of fighting through adversity.
"At this point, people's character gets tested," Allen said. "You find out when you're in a bad situation who really likes football – who loves football and loves to play and who's going to put it on the line every single week – win, lose or draw. We have seven games left and they all mean something to us. We're not out of it yet. We have to go out there and we've got to play good Vikings football, pin our ears back and go hit people in the mouth and forget about all the crap that's been going on and just win a football game."
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.