But with a 1-4 record and an ongoing investigation into alleged sexual acts that happened aboard two boats during an Oct. 6 outing involving several players, the mood surrounding the Vikings appears to be anything but upbeat.
Fun? There simply hasn't been much of that this season in Minnesota.
"Maybe that is the problem, that we can't have any fun," coach Mike Tice said. "We'll just have to see how the team approaches this week. Hopefully, they'll approach the week better than they have approached some of the past weeks."
Safety Darren Sharper, a former Packer who was a member of the Green Bay team that started 1-4 last season, said Monday he felt winning would solve all of the Vikings' problems.
Tice isn't sure he agrees completely with Sharper but said a winning streak certainly wouldn't hurt.
"I don't know if it solves everything," he said. "It sure makes your stomach feel a little better where you are not having that feeling like you want to puke all the time. Stress does that to you.
"Sometimes you wake up and you say, ‘Man, I didn't have anything to drink last night, I didn't have anything fattening, why do I want to puke?' Then you realize, ‘Oh, that's right.' You start remembering what's going on in your life."
Tice's life, at least the on-the-field part, could get a whole lot better Sunday if the Vikings are able to end a two-game losing streak and beat their NFC North rival. The Vikings and Packers both have disappointing 1-4 records but remain well within striking distance of first place Chicago (2-3) and Detroit (2-3).