Christian Ponder led the Vikings to victory over Washington after months of attacks from regiments of professional critics and invisible bloggers.
With a last-minute loss to Dallas there are growing sounds of player dissatisfaction with their coaches.
It convinces fans that all is normal, if not well.
Meanwhile, the Vikings’ restless fans seem divided over who should be evicted first: the quarterback or the coach.
Nobody takes the blame with quite the same solemnity and contrition as Leslie Frazier, the coach of the now 0-and-2 team.
After the opening minutes in Detroit, the Viking defense was a mirage. The team was competitive for a while, and then the nightmare began.
The Vikings today are back among the living in the congested race for the playoffs.
Looking ahead, the Vikings face many obstacles.
This is Adrian Peterson’s game. Nobody does it better.
Christian Ponder is worrying about interceptions and seemingly losing confidence with each stride.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quarterback run that fast,” said Coach Leslie Frazier.
The Vikings could soon find themselves in undisputed first place in the NFL’s North Division.
The team displayed mental and muscular toughness and a willingness to grind it out, toe to toe and eyeball to eyeball.
This old crock of a kicker named Adam Vinatieri ends Christian Ponder’s winning streak at one.
The Vikings play Jacksonville in a game matching two teams that combined to lose 24 games out of possible 32 in 2011.