In late October we here at The Tales said the Vikings would miss the playoffs by one game. The game in question was the atrocious loss to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Well, I was almost right.
By beating the Packers yesterday, the Vikings find themselves in a rather strange position: the playoffs. PLAYOFFS? Did you say PLAYOFFS?
To be sure, it was a very good win. And so was the win at Houston. In fact, I had more confidence in the Vikings beating Green Bay than I did in them defeating the Texans.
But as a long suffering Minnesota fan, I’ve seen this movie before. Suck us in with a late season run. Get our hopes up. Actually start believing a little. Heck, even play the Packers close on Saturday night with a chance to win at the end. And then…well…I think most of us over the age of 20 know how this will end.
And for the record, I still don’t think Christian Ponder is the answer. He might be the luckiest little guy I’ve ever seen. I did enjoy that the coach actually showed some emotion yesterday. I used to think he was one of those wax figures you see in Vegas. Also for the record, I used to have a healthy dose of respect for Aaron Rodgers, but man, does he whine after every play?
With that said, we here at The Tales predict a 31-24 Green Bay win on Saturday. But I’ve been wrong before.