The Vikings 1-5 start has been nothing shy of a disappointment this season. A season that began full of high expectations, maybe too high. However, Vikings fans have experienced similar seasons to this and have become used to their team failing to meet expectations.
1998 is probably the greatest season any Vikings team has ever had. Not much seemed to stop the Vikings in 98. Led by quarterback Randall Cunningham and rookie wide receiver Randy Moss, the Vikings won a team record 15 games and set all kinds of league records. Their season abruptly ended in the NFC Championship game but the future looked bright for this team.
So the nearly unstoppable Vikings should have been an almost guaranteed lock to play in the 1999 Super Bowl right? Sadly, no. The 99 Vikings got off to an abysmal 2-4 start and Cunningham was eventually benched in favor of Jeff George. They did finish the season strong and make the playoffs but were knocked out by the eventual Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams.
The 2009 season seemed more magical than any for the Vikings, due in part to their magician at quarterback. Brett Favre had one of the best seasons in his career and he led the Vikings to a 12-4 record and an NFC North title.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice emerged as a legitimate deep threat and rookie Percy Harvin electrified the team every time he touched the football. The Vikings would suffer a devastating loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game but the team seemed to be heading into a good direction.
Brett Favre decided to come back for another season so 2010 looked like it would be another special season for the Vikings. Nothing could have been farther from the truth as 2010 season turned into one for the ages, but not for anything good.
Favre had one of worst seasons ever and missed playing time for the first time in his career, head coach Brad Childress was fired in the middle of the season, and Randy Moss attempted to recapture some old Minnesota magic (didn’t happen). Oh yeah, the Metrodome roof collapsed. The team’s off the field activity proved to be more active than their on the field play and they finished with a 6-10 record.
This year’s team was expected to contend for a playoff spot and some even thought they could make it to the Super Bowl. They drafted 3 players in the first round of April’s draft, signed wide receiver Greg Jennings, and Adrian Peterson was the leagues reigning MVP. What could go wrong?
Some may have thought that the Vikings would struggle to make the playoffs 2 years in a row, but not many predicted a 1-5 start. Not much has been going right for the team this year and those high expectations will, once again, not be met.
Many Viking fans would like to say they are surprised by the team’s awful start to the season. But sadly, the franchise’s history of letdowns should show that this season is nothing surprising at all.
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