I don't know if I spelled that right, but I just had some thoughts as all of the NFL analysts are saying the Vikings are repeating last year's late season collapse.
Even if it does happen again, which it probably won't, because 2 more wins will get us in the playoffs, it wouldn't be anything like last year.
First of all look at the teams we lost to last year: San Diego 4-12, Oakland 4-12, NY Giants 4-12, Chicago 4-12.
This year is different in that regard because two of our losses down the stretch have been on the road to really tough teams (Indy, GB), both games in which it came down to the wire and one where we got screwed by the refs. Last year San Diego blew us out. We seem destined to lose in Chicago 4 out of every 5 years, and the Giants were actually a good team when they beat us earlier this year.
Also, we've had more injuries than any team besides the Panthers and Browns. If Kleinsasser and Irvin were healthy, if Moss had been at 100% for most of the year, if our o-line could stay healthy, and if the LB's could get healthy, and Robinson could get over his injury, we would probably be the most dominant team in football right now.
Here's a list of the pro-bowl caliber players we had miss at least some time this year: Moss, Robinson(maybe a stretch), Kleinsasser, Birk, Dixon (best year of his career), Winfield.
Imagine the Eagles without T.O., Lito Shepard, Freddie Mitchell, John Runyan, Hank Fraley, Chad Lewis, Jeremiah Trotter, Mark Simoneau, and Brian Dawkins for all of their games, would they still be 11-1, or would they even be 7-5. Who knows?