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Daily Norseman FanPulse: Would you look at that?

Big win = big leap in confidence

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

We’re back with our weekly FanPulse poll results for this week, and in a shocking turn of events, confidence in the Minnesota Vikings is suddenly off the scale. I suppose knocking off the overrated New Orleans Saints to advance to the NFC Divisional Playoffs will have that effect, but I wasn’t sure how large the jump would be.

Well, it was pretty damn large.

After the Vikings’ big victory on Sunday, confidence in the direction of the team has skyrocketed. While the number sat at 37% going into Wild Card Weekend, going into the Divisional Round it now sits at 84%. That’s the second-highest figure we’ve seen this year, surpassed only by the 86% mark it reached after the Vikings’ victory over Atlanta waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in Week 1.

That’s also the fifth-highest figure among teams that are still alive in the playoffs. The only teams with greater confidence are the Baltimore Ravens (100%), the San Francisco 49ers (99%), the Kansas City Chiefs (94%), and the Tennessee Titans (94%).

Speaking of the Titans, this week’s national question asked whether their upset of the New England Patriots or the Vikings’ upset of the Saints was the bigger surprise from Wild Card Weekend. The people have spoken, and they’ve spoken loudly.

People were much more surprised by the Vikings upset in New Orleans last weekend. With the way the Saints were being spoken about going into Wild Card Weekend compared to the Patriots, I suppose those results aren’t that surprising. We may even be getting to a time where the Patriots losing isn’t a newsworthy thing anymore. I know the rest of the AFC East hopes that’s the case.

That’s a look at our FanPulse poll results for this week, folks. Here’s hoping that we’ll be able to talk about a season-high in fan confidence next week and that the Vikings are preparing for the NFC Championship Game.