No one could have anticipated this. The runners-up for the NFC Championship game are 1-3 and already on the hot seat for missing the playoffs.
The only good news for the Vikings so far this season is that no team in the NFC is running away with its respective division. This leaves them a chance to still win a playoff berth.
For the Vikings to win, they have to play four quarters of football, not one-and-a-half.
In a Monday Night Football loss to the New York Jets, the Vikings offensive line looked pedestrian, Brett Favre couldn't complete a pass and the run defense was the worst it's been in over four years.
Still, the Vikings had a chance to win this game and blew it for the third time this season.
Favre is living up to his legend of not being a clutch quarterback, and Brad Childress is living up to his reputation of being a predictable play-caller.
With the Vikings' offensive line getting beat up all night, conventional wisdom says that a team should run a screen pass or a draw to keep the defense honest.
Does anyone know how many of each play the Vikings ran all game long?
The answer is zero and two, respectively.
Thank you, Brad Clueless. You are our savior and the guy that will help the Vikings reach their ultimate goal: a move to Los Angeles.
I've never been so disgusted with the Vikings organization in all my life. They are throwing money all over the place and have some of the best players in the business, but there is no chemistry.
Football is a team game, and this Vikings team is not playing together.
Adrian Peterson received less than 20 touches. This is not a formula for Vikings success.
Why Clueless insists on letting Favre control a game I'll never know. This is not 2009 anymore.
This is all on head coach Brad Childress.
If a player is clearly struggling, you need to bench him. Childress has yet to bench Favre despite his game-changing abilities—well, game-changing for the opposite team, of course.
For the second time in the last three games, I was hoping for Tarvaris Jackson to play. Favre was throwing ridiculous interceptions and fumbling too much.
It's clear that Favre is not healthy, as his throws are very erratic and rarely to the intended receiver.
Favre should have been benched before the second quarter ended.
I know you're probably thinking, "Why would you bench Favre when he went on to throw three more touchdowns?"
My answer is simple: If Favre is benched, he can't hurt you with interceptions like he did for the fourth time this season.
Favre still has not clicked with his receivers, and it shows. He missed Percy Harvin on three critical throws in the fourth quarter, all of which could have gone for a huge gain.
His interception to close the game was a good four feet from where it should have been.
For the Vikings to have any chance for the season, they need to win their next three games. To win their next three games, they need to bench Favre.
With Favre's current "sext scandal" disrupting his confidence, I'm hoping for a quick resolution that forces a suspension for Favre. This would force Childress to play Jackson.
Jackson has a strong, bullet arm that is perfect for a receiver like Randy Moss or Harvin.
Is Jackson an inaccurate quarterback? Sure, but he has proven the last two seasons that he can take care of the ball in game situations.
Is it time to bench Favre? There's no doubt in my mind that the Vikings would be more dangerous with a second-string quarterback at this time...