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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    "vikes2456" wrote:
    Agreed, these next three games are Childress' true test, I'm still not sold on him. While I am optimistic, I don't think it's time to party just yet
    Thats exactly how I feel.
    It finally feels good again to be a Vikings fan, so I am going to enjoy it.
    At least they are making the end of the season interesting, no matter when it does end.
    Heck, at this wpoint we could have been 3-10...makes me happy we at least have a shot.

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    I don't really get why we need this post. Nobody here is saying we have won the Super Bowl or anything, but we don't need to sit around acting like we have not won ANYTHING ... we have. Seven games (good enough for a playoff spot right now) and four in a row while looking DOMINANT in the process.
    Yeah we have to remain focused on the upcoming games ... DUH ... but that does not mean we cannot celebrate our current success. I mean ... why watch anything other than the Super Bowl if we are not supposed to be happy when we win in the regular season?
    Of course there are big games against the Bears and then Redskins coming up ... that is how football works ... you play a bunch of big games. But being elated at the current state of things does not make you someone who is "blinded" or is already drinking the champagne.
    We all know that the Vikes are beatable at almost any time ... we all know who they have beaten and who they have lost to ... and we all know that there is still a long ways to go. But to sit there and act as if our elation and OUR lack of focus on the Bears matters is silly. As long as the players and coaches focus on the Bears then all is good.
    I will continue drinking the Kool-Aid right up to Kick off ... and long after win or lose.

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    I do think we're going to win out because of the obvious: Bears have the 27th rush D, Redskins have no Offense, and the Broncos are terrible against the run. I watch old games on my DVR and saw that the reason the Vikings weren't rolling over defenses was the QB's (whoever was playing) inability to convert longer 3rd downs. Tarvaris has been getting better and better at converting and that's why the offense has been rolling lately. In 3 of the 4 games, Peterson has rushed for a total of 3 yards. I can't foresee any of the remaining teams scoring enough to beat us....
    However, in the playoffs, I can't see them getting past the NFC championship.

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    "vikesfargo" wrote:
    Before we start partying, drinking the champagne, throwing confetti, and spilling coolers of Gatorade, we better wise up and face the cold reality of right now.

    At 7-6, the Vikings have a winning record for the first time since opening the season by beating the Falcons. We've won some games on the road. We've won some games in a row. Suddenly all the NFL analysts from Steve Mariucci to Deion Sanders to Mike Ditka are talking about how great the Vikings are, how we're going to the playoffs, and how we're going to the Super Bowl, etc. Peter King says we're the third-best team in the NFC, ahead of the Seahawks and Buccaneers.

    We've heard all this before. Remember 1998, 2000, and pretty much every year?

    Right now the Vikings have seven wins. If the team takes the rest of the schedule lightly, stops working hard and doesn't show up again, the team's overall record will be 7-9. While that would be an improvement over 2006, dropping the last three in this season at this point would be a bitter, distasteful ordeal. Unfortunately, it's a possibility.

    The Vikings have had a good stretch of games, beating the Chargers, Raiders, Giants, Lions, and 49ers, losing only to the Packers in the last six weeks. The Vikings have beaten two teams with winning records so far this year: the Giants and the Chargers.

    The Vikings have lost to some teams with losing records this year. This includes: the Lions (6-7), Eagles (5-8), and the Chiefs (4-9). I admit that those three games feel like a season ago, and the Vikes have improved a lot since then. Nevertheless, it shows that any losing team is capable of beating the Vikings on any game day this year.

    Every team in the NFL is capable of beating the Vikings. It is true that the Vikings are capable of beating any other team in the NFL. The next team we face, though, is the Chicago Bears, the defending divisional champions of the NFC North, and the reigning conference champions of the NFC. Yes, the Bears have had injuries and regressions this year. The Bears always play the Vikings tough. It's going to take a lot of hard work and preparation during the week, and a big effort on Monday night to play better than the Bears and take home the victory.

    If we lose to the Bears, we no longer control our playoff destiny. We fall back to .500. We start to close the door we've worked so hard to open.

    If we beat the bears, we go 8-6, we remain in control of our playoff destiny, we sweep the defending champions of the NFC North and the NFC, and we beat a Bears team, at 5-8, that we are supposed to beat. That's one of the marks of a team that is worthy of praise and eventually of a championship. At worst we would go .500 on the season, and we could go above .500 on the year. Winning means our January hopes are still alive.

    Let's keep the champagne in the rack. We haven't gone anywhere yet. There's a big game against the Bears to be played.

    Go Vikings! Beat the Bears!
    dont tell us tell the players and coaches. we can boast all we want
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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "hx38596" wrote:
    I don't understand the point of this post.
    "Wise up to the cold reality right now?"...
    you kidding me?
    The reality now compared to not so long ago is AWESOME for vike fans!
    I'm sure it's lovely to wake up to this reality.
    What difference does it make on popping champagne bottles and such?
    WE aren't preparing for next Monday night... the football players are.
    Let vike fans celebrate and rub themselves for this awesome feat that's taken place over the past month or so...
    Truly amazing thing to behold!

    Now is the time to celebrate and push on... not to wring our hands and wait for some pending doom to befall us.
    clap clap clap clap clap

    Honestly, I like fan optimism.
    I think it makes the game more fun to watch if you are hoping for or expecting a win.
    If you are expecting a loss, sure you may not be as disappointed if we do.
    But you won't be as justified if we win either.
    I think what he is saying is that lets keep this in reality still. There is alot of talk about playoffs. But the Vikings have traditionally had a history of getting close and then letting us down. remember this is a team like it or not got their asses handed to them by GB. We just need to focuson one game at a time and let the playoffs come when they will. We may be in the lead but we have not clinched anything yet. 3 games left to go we play a team that still has something that they have to prove. We face a team that has a game changer in Hester and honestly if they don't play ST better than we have seen that could be problems. Washington is a team in Chaos because of Taylor. But now after a coupel of weeks could possibly turn it around and finally Denver. December outside, who knows what teh weather could be like, rember Pittsburg only beat Miami 3-0 in a game in which the weather was certatly a factor.
    Do I expect them to win? Yes! Do I want them to win? Hell yes. but lets keep things into perspective, The playoffs will come, but we also shouldn't count on us being their yet. The Packers, Seattle, and Dallas have a playoff spot the Giants are ahead of us, and there are several teams trying to catch us just like we were a few weeks ago.I fully believe we have the potential to be there but There is alot of season to go.

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    "midgensa" wrote:
    I don't really get why we need this post. Nobody here is saying we have won the Super Bowl or anything, but we don't need to sit around acting like we have not won ANYTHING ... we have. Seven games (good enough for a playoff spot right now) and four in a row while looking DOMINANT in the process.
    Yeah we have to remain focused on the upcoming games ... DUH ... but that does not mean we cannot celebrate our current success. I mean ... why watch anything other than the Super Bowl if we are not supposed to be happy when we win in the regular season?
    Of course there are big games against the Bears and then Redskins coming up ... that is how football works ... you play a bunch of big games. But being elated at the current state of things does not make you someone who is "blinded" or is already drinking the champagne.
    We all know that the Vikes are beatable at almost any time ... we all know who they have beaten and who they have lost to ... and we all know that there is still a long ways to go. But to sit there and act as if our elation and OUR lack of focus on the Bears matters is silly. As long as the players and coaches focus on the Bears then all is good.
    I will continue drinking the Kool-Aid right up to Kick off ... and long after win or lose.
    Sweet... you write better than most journalist! Great Post!

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    "hx38596" wrote:
    I don't understand the point of this post.
    "Wise up to the cold reality right now?"...
    you kidding me?
    The reality now compared to not so long ago is AWESOME for vike fans!
    I'm sure it's lovely to wake up to this reality.
    What difference does it make on popping champagne bottles and such?
    WE aren't preparing for next Monday night... the football players are.
    Let vike fans celebrate and rub themselves for this awesome feat that's taken place over the past month or so...
    Truly amazing thing to behold!

    Now is the time to celebrate and push on... not to wring our hands and wait for some pending doom to befall us.
    Fucking A.

    That's 3 halftime laughers in a row.
    I love it.

    MORE!!!
    MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    =Z=

    Thanks to Josdin for the awesome sig!

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    Let's talk about the opposition in the NFC:

    Cowboys: Let's face it, they are good, but also, they are pretty much reliant on T.O. You take T.O. out of the equation (like the Vikings did), and control Witten, and the Cowboys are not that great. Their secondary is pretty mediocre, outside of Terrence Newman, who is good. Roy Williams is very weak in coverage. Their defense is solid but not great.

    Packers: totally a one-trick pony. Let's face it, when they are ahead, Favre is awesome. When they get behind, he throws dumb picks. Their defense is solid, but not great. They have decent receivers. Running game is o.k.

    Seahawks: mediocre to good.

    Tampa: ditto.

    Vikings: Very opportunistic, experienced defense that is on the RISE. Blitz-happy. Causes havoc and makes things happen. Scores TDs. Tackle extremely well and almost never miss a tackle in the open. Offense: The best running game in the NFL, hands-down. Tarvaris has gone from being bad to being good in like 3 games, which is an extremely good thing for Vikings fans. Receivers are beginning to develop and work their way back to the ball. Sidney Rice is getting good. All-in-all, a raw offense that is developing extremely fast, and makes big gains game to game. Defense: experienced unit that makes things happen. All-in-all, easily a playoff team that has ridiculous upside.

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    Re: Before we crack open the champagne. . .

    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "hx38596" wrote:
    I don't understand the point of this post.
    "Wise up to the cold reality right now?"...
    you kidding me?
    The reality now compared to not so long ago is AWESOME for vike fans!
    I'm sure it's lovely to wake up to this reality.
    What difference does it make on popping champagne bottles and such?
    WE aren't preparing for next Monday night... the football players are.
    Let vike fans celebrate and rub themselves for this awesome feat that's taken place over the past month or so...
    Truly amazing thing to behold!

    Now is the time to celebrate and push on... not to wring our hands and wait for some pending doom to befall us.
    clap clap clap clap clap

    Honestly, I like fan optimism.
    I think it makes the game more fun to watch if you are hoping for or expecting a win.
    If you are expecting a loss, sure you may not be as disappointed if we do.
    But you won't be as justified if we win either.






    Here! Here!...That is right on the money. I would rather be 7-6 and optomistic about the future as a fan than sit here and start feeling bad about things that "Might" happen. We are on a winning streak, have some momentum and seem to be playing better overall. Why not be optomistic?? I agree we all do the reality check in our minds sometimes but right now I feel we have a legitimate shot at a Wild Card spot. I honestly feel we can and will beat Chicago Monday Night. That's all the looking ahead I am prepared to do for now. It's one game at a time with me yelling and cheering on the Vikings as much as I can.


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