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The Vikings headed into 2013 with high expectations after a playoff berth in 2012. Their 1-4 start has all but dashed hopes of another trip to the postseason, and has exposed some cracks in their foundation as veterans air their frustrations. "When you lose, heads roll," defensive end Jared Allen said after Sunday's 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. "That's just the way it is."
Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune took a shot at diagnosing some of the problems, identifying four areas where the Vikings need to get better in a hurry. The top priority is no surprise -- ending a quarterback carousel that has gone on for weeks.
Presumably, Josh Freeman will start on Monday against the New York Giants, and even though he's only had a week to learn the Vikings' offense, Scoggins says there's no harm in trying him with the team at 1-4.
"The coaches said they will need to condense the playbook for Freeman because he is learning on the fly," he writes. "But at this point, there’s no downside to evaluating how the offense functions with him at the controls."
Here are today's other Vikings stories of note:
We examined the minimal impact the Vikings' three first-round picks have had to this point, and revisited what went wrong on the Panthers' 79-yard touchdown to open the second half on Sunday.
After a 1-4 start, it's fair to wonder if coach Leslie Frazier will survive the season, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings got blown out for the third time in Frazier's tenure after a bye week, according to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings' loss on Sunday was so frustrating, fullback Jerome Felton wanted no part of football for the rest of the day, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.