Vikings get back on track and set sights on the Packers

Coming into this NFL regular season, the Minnesota Vikings were considered to be a serious force to be reckoned with in the NFC Conference once again as they were able to lure three-time NFL MVP quarterback Brett Favre back for one more season under center, but even though they had Super Bowl aspirations before the season began, things look much different now as the Vikings have really struggled on the offensive side of the football without their Pro Bowl wide receiver Sidney Rice (hip).

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Fortunately, the Minnesota Vikings were able to make the biggest trade of the NFL season by bringing in superstar wideout Randy Moss from the New England Patriots to fill the void and so far they have played better on offense, but not good enough to be considered a Super Bowl title contender in the NFC Conference just yet.

In Week 6, the defending NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings were set to face off against the Dallas Cowboys in was being called the Panic Bowl because both teams were considered Super Bowl title contenders coming into this NFL regular season and only had one win a piece heading into this matchup.

A loss by either team could be potentially devastating for the rest of the season as it will be
increasingly difficult to get back on track and become playoff bound.

Fortunately for Brad Childress’ squad, the Vikings were able to come out on top as they were able to hold off the Cowboys from making a fourth quarter comeback. Brett Favre didn’t have his best game as he was noticeably in pain at times and finished with just 118 passing yards and one passing touchdown to wide receiver Greg Caramillo, but he was able to limit his mistakes unlike Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo who threw two costly interceptions.

Even though Favre didn’t have the dominant performance we have all been waiting for he really didn’t need to as Percy Harvin ran back a 95 yard kickoff return and Adrian Peterson also added a rushing touchdown of his own in the third quarter.

That was enough to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-21 victory and motivate them for next week’s division showdown with Favre’s former team in the Green Bay Packers.

In Week 7, Brett Favre and company will have an opportunity to prove to their doubters that they are indeed for real once again as they a win over the division rival Green Bay Packers would put them back into contention for the NFC North division title and make most people aware that the Minnesota Vikings are a force to reckoned with.

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Unfortunately for the Packers, the Vikings will have an advantage going into this NFC North showdown as the cheese heads will be without running back Ryan Grant, tight end Jermichael Finley and will have a banged up Aaron Rodgers under center.

Without two of the Packers best offensive players in Grant and Finley, the Vikings defense could have a field day with Aaron Rodgers has he continues to try and recover from a concussion he sustained against the Washington Redskins a few weeks back.

Personally, I believe the stage is set for Brett Favre and company as a win over the Green Bay Packers may be exactly what the doctor ordered for this team in order for them to get back on track.

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