Something About These Vikings Still Makes Us a Little Nervous

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Published: September 19, 2009

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... wouldn't be getting antsy about taking the Lions seriously. We wouldn't flirt with the idea of putting our money on Detroit plus 10.5. And we certainly wouldn't be wondering why Peter King picked Minnesota to lose.

With any other contender, we'd be counting up Adrian Peterson's touchdowns in advance. We'd be debating whether Brett Favre qualifies as an elite fantasy option this week. We'd be game-planning for San Francisco.

But we're not. We're working up a "wait-and-see" attitude that speaks volumes about how far these Vikings have to go to win our trust.

You'd think a 17-3 mark against the Lions over the past decade would earn Minnesota a little slack here. And you'd think a 45-27 beatdown in New Orleans last week ...

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