PSA: Stop and Smell the Roses, Vikings Fans

PSA: Stop and Smell the Roses, Vikings Fans

Tyler Haag has a message for all Minnesota Vikings fans…. “SMELL THE ROSES!” Yes, after two weeks, the Vikings sit atop the NFC North and there is a feeling in the air that this is no fluke. Even with the injury to Adrian Peterson this team looks fortified for a long run.

The Minnesota Vikings are now 2-0 and alone atop the NFC North Division standings following their 17-14 win over the Green Bay Packers in front of a record crowd of 66,813 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It was another impressive performance by Minnesota’s defense as it forced three turnovers, including a game-clinching interception by second-year cornerback Trae Waynes.

Recently-acquired quarterback Sam Bradford played arguably his best game as a professional and set a record for the most passing yards by a signal-caller in his Vikings debut with 286, besting Fran Tarkenton, Warren Moon and Brett Favre – just to name just a few.

There is an overwhelming sense of calm amongst the Vikings fanbase, even though Adrian Peterson went down with a torn meniscus in the third quarter.

Let’s stop for a moment and think about what that means:

First-ballot Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson went down with a torn meniscus injury that could potentially to sideline the star running back for the remainder of the season  — and the panic button has not yet been pushed by the very panicky, very pessimistic fanbase. This isn’t a knock on Purple and Gold diehards; they have many reasons to be skeptical of this franchise.

Vikings Territory has endured four Super Bowl losses, “that love boat thing”, The Wizzinator, the Gary Anderson field goal, Tracy Porter, Blair Walsh’s 27-yard shank — I could go on, but I won’t.

My father literally couldn’t watch the Vikings for several years during mid-90s because he had been let down too many times — a simple, authentic anecdote that perfectly encompasses what it means to be a Minnesota football fan.

Investing in the Vikings has proved time and time again to be a fool’s errand, so why should the fans of this team even bother?

But, this team feels different, doesn’t it?

Mike Zimmer seems to have this football team in a Belichickian “Next Man Up” mentality. It doesn’t matter who lines up under center, which running back takes the carries or who kicks the field goals; any player on the field is expected to step up and perform well regardless of circumstance.

The defense is stout and athletic; the unit imposes its will on opposing offenses and keeps opposing quarterbacks off-balance and uncomfortable.

It has genuinely been a pleasure to watch Zimmer’s 11-man Apocalypse thus far.

It is still early in the year and plenty of terrible, Viking-exclusive incidents could still occur and derail the momentum this team has forcefully regained.

Well, to be fair, plenty of terrible, Viking-exclusive incidents have already occurred. And yet, Zimmer’s Skoldiers have not only survived — they have thrived.

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Vikings Fans: I encourage each and every one of you to stop for a moment sometime this week and just think about where this team is right now — the Vikings lost their franchise quarterback a week before the regular season and the legendary Purple Jesus recorded just 50 yards on 31 carries in two games before landing on the shelf for an undisclosed amount of time and the Vikings are 2-0, leading the NFC North division and have already defeated the Packers in 2016.

Feels good, doesn’t it?

Immerse yourself in that foreign feeling, friends because, as a Vikings fan, you are well aware that it can all come crashing down in a blink of an eye.

 

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