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If this isn't their year, it never will be

October 22, 2009 - Per Peterson
This is becoming a charmed year if you’re a Vikings fan. First and foremost, Minnesota is 6-0 — two-and-a-half games ahead of the Packers and Bears. Second, we have Brett Favre — a healthy Brett Favre who has delivered in the clutch so far this season. Third, look at what’s happened to the Pack and Bears. Green Bay has the worst offensive line in the NFL, so bad in fact, that it’s had to reach into its past to bring back Mark Tauscher. Think that’s a sign of desperation for Green Bay. How about this: They’ve also brought back Ahman Green to help bolster a sad running game. Bringing in old players who used to play for you isn’t unheard of, but it seldom works out very well. It’s cool for the fans to see the back in uniform again, but aside from a veteran presence, it usually doesn’t amount to much. That would be like the Vikings bringing back John Randle to shore up the defensive line. Also, look at what’s going on in Chicago, a team that has now lost two of its best linebackers in Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa. Maybe by the time the Vikings play them, Lance Briggs will be out, too. Who knows? This all spells trouble for the Packers and Bears. Both still have very good quarterbacks, and the Packers still have great receivers, but this is clearly the Vikings’ division to win right now, whether they enter their bye week 8-0 or 6-2. Speaking of the bye week, what better time to have it than after Game 8? It’s the midway point of the season — a time when players could really use that extra week of rest. While other teams are seeing their stars fall to injury, the Vikings will be resting theirs. The bye will let players like Antoine Winfield, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin heal up for what should be a strong second-half run. As for Favre, he’ll be able to rest that right arm of his for an extra week and odds are he’ll need the extra rest for his 40-year-old body after facing the Steelers and Packers the next two weeks. The schedule makers did the Vikings another favor besides the perfectly-timed bye week by giving them winnable early-season road games. After the bye, Minnesota plays five of its final eight games at home. Favre and Co. won’t have to worry about freezing rain and seeing their breath at all outside of the game at Chicago. The window to success is wide open for the Vikings this year, barring any season-ending injuries to key players. And in the NFL, for most teams anyway, that window doesn't stay open for very long. Childress and the Vikings better jump through that window before it closes on them and gets painted shut.


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