Not so fast.
If there was ever a trap game this might be it. The Chargers are not only on the road — it'll be the first start in a dome for Philip Rivers — but they also have the Colts coming to San Diego next week.
Might the Chargers peek past the Vikings?
Not a chance, according to defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.
"I think our guys, from our standpoint, know where we were in the first part of the year," Cottrell said. "We are long ways from being out of the woods. We've got a long way to go and we are still trying to dig ourselves out of it."
Cottrell, who was a failure as the Vikings' defensive coordinator from 2004-05, has preached to his players that the 2-5 Vikings are a dangerous team.
"It's going to be good a good game; it is a huge challenge for us," he said. "They are much better than their record appears and they have weapons to contend with."
The biggest, of course, is Adrian Peterson. The rookie is leading the NFL in rushing and will test a Chargers run defense which seldom struggles.
That run defense gets a boost with the return of Jamal Williams, the Pro Bowl nose tackle who missed last week's game to rest his mending knees.
"Oh (Peterson) has got it all," Cottrell said. "He has vision, acceleration — he's tough. He can run up inside on you and he can go around the corner. He is quite gifted and he has good hands to catch the ball. He is a gigantic challenge for us."
Peterson has gotten the Chargers' attention. So did a 1-3 start in which the Chargers have just recovered from in being above .500 for the first time this season.