Something Has to Give Today

Mike Tice is still waiting for his first head coaching win. If it doesn't come today, there will be no blame going elsewhere. It will be directed at him.

Mike Tice hates turnovers. On many of his lists and charts and graphs (oh, my) he lists turnovers as being the reason teams lose games -- or win them.

As a numbers guy, Tice knows how turnovers stack up. Commit one, you can get past it. Commit two, your defense had better be playing. Commuit three, pack up the bags.

In the last six games, the Vikings have committed three or more turnovers in each -- all losses. The simple answer to winning today is not to turn the ball over.

As it stands now, the Vikings are tied for first in the NFL with 15 turnovers. Not only is that a stat you don't want to be first in, it includes 20 teams that have played five games -- not the four the Vikings have played.

The Lions seem like an ideal matchup to finally get the team off the schneid. Detroit has lost 10 straight road games and today will be the first hostile crowd rookie Joey Harrington has ever faced.

While it's unlikely Tice will be fired -- he's the lowest paid coach in the NFL so the "Doug Brien" clause comes into effect -- if the Vikings are to make any sense of turning things around, a win today is necessary. It not, the rest of the season may not matter for Tice.

SUNDAY NOTES
* The Vikings have lost eight straight games dating back to last season. That is the longest current losing streak in the NFL.
* The Vikings haven't started 0-5 since 1962. To put that in perspective, both Tice and Gary Anderson were three years old the last time that happened.
* In the historical series between the Vikes and Lions, Minnesota holds a 50-29-2 advantage.
* VU has been told that there is a chance Dale Carter will be allowed to return the NFL as soon as next week. While some reports had Carter being suspended the entire season after having his first petition for reinstatement denied, Carter has re-applied and VU is being told by a Saints source that the team is confident his reinstatement will be approved as early as Tuesday.

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