It pains me to write this, but here goes: The Minnesota Vikings are going to make the playoffs. You read that right. Not that I'm rooting for the franchise that (boat) cruised its way into our hearts with its Caligula-like antics (though I'm thinking head coach Mike Tice could hook me up with some sweet playoff tickets). The Vikings (4-5) trail the Chicago Bears (6-3) in the NFC North, but the team's improved play and its upcoming games --- Packers (away), Browns (home), Lions (away), Rams (home), Steelers (home), and Baltimore (away) --- make an 8-7 record a real possibility after Christmas Day.
Vikings sense turnaround
WEEK 11:Minnesota players' confidence rises after two consecutive victories.
BY KEVIN SEIFERT
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
MINNEAPOLIS - As they boarded their charter two weeks ago in Charlotte, N.C., the Minnesota Vikings seemed a defeated bunch. They had just absorbed their fourth road pounding of the season, lost their starting quarterback indefinitely and were the off-field pariahs of the NFL.
And then, according to Winter Park's resident optimists, something happened.