Fortunately for Childress, he feels he has a veteran club that can largely police itself.
"They are really pretty good about taking that in," he said Monday, a day after the Vikings 38-10 victory at St. Louis. "It's a fine line between being cocky and having a swagger and being beaten down and not thinking you're any good. You're always balancing that.
"I want them to think they are a good football team. Can we be a better football team? We absolutely can. And when we go in here at 1 o'clock (on Monday to look at film) we kind of look back through this last one and make those corrections and then embrace what we've got to do this week."
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said the Vikings have to guard against the accolades that come the way of undefeated teams.
"We're getting a lot of pat on the backs right now, being 5-0. But, 5-0 can turn into 5-11, and we're going to play a lot of good teams coming up, so we can't get content," Shiancoe said.
While Childress would never admit to looking ahead, the reality is the Vikings are going to be facing a three-game stretch that should help define their season. Minnesota will play host to Baltimore on Sunday before traveling to Pittsburgh and Green Bay before their bye week.
"You can't look at it (as) these next three weeks or these next four games. You've got to look at it (as the) Baltimore Ravens and take it one game at a time because I've been on a team where we started out 8-0," said offensive lineman Artis Hicks. "Every week we approached it as, this is what we have this week. Once you get out a little ways and you get to the bye week and you turn back and look at what you've done, the body of work that you've done as a whole, that's a little different. But when you're in it, and you're in the moment, that's what you have to do – you have to be in the moment, play in the moment, practice in the moment, stay in the game week. You start looking out there, man, the season gets long."
The Vikings' impending three-game stretch against talented teams comes after they opened the season with victories against Detroit, Cleveland, San Francisco, Green Bay and St. Louis. Only the 49ers are above .500 among those five teams.
"I really don't look at it as a stretch of games," Childress said when asked about the upcoming three opponents. "I look at it as one-game apiece. ... This is a good Baltimore team that is a physical outfit that can run the football, is multiple on defense, is strong in the front. Has a good quarterback, has a good running game, has a good kicking game. It will be nose to nose and toes to toes."
"That first year was up and down," Frazier said. "A good play here, bad play there. But now his consistency is there due to his experience in our system and understanding what we want from him. He's a guy who was a guesser, but he's settled down."