I'll admit, the last month has reminded me of more of the same old Vikings: tons of talent, not much killer instinct finish.
The OT loss to the Bears may drive this team deep into the playoffs, based on nothing but proving who this team actually is. We've been slurped all year by the media with AP/Favre/Jared leading the way, have gotten plenty of primetime coverage, and have probably made most indifferent football fans tired of seeing and hearing about the purple. It feels like the late 80's Niners, early 90's Cowboys, and recent Patriots; too much exposure for a team who haven't even won anything yet. The team had been made to think that the Super Bowl was a formality.
All year I've been telling people that we haven't even played our best football yet. We were winning, but not impressively. Pretty easy schedule, and a few close games that went our way, I'll admit it. Always something to improve on though, and I still think that we underachieved given our potential. Letting leads slip away, too many penalties, etc.
I have no idea what's going on with our O-line or our Special Needs Team, and maybe that's what sinks us in the long run. We miss E.J., Antoine's still 100% against the run but 70% on coverage, and Greenway/Brinkley/Leber need to become household names. At least there wasn't any penalty issues this time around, which was nice.
The talent is there, the motivation hasn't been. Maybe this team needs to kick ass in a wild card game and start showing who the hell they really are, with something to prove, just like the Cardinals last year and the '05 Steelers.
The second half looked like the team we know we can be, we just need some motivation. Otherwise, this team may just be the NFC Bengals, lots of big names, no big wins.