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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
BBAO: This Vikings team's place in history

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Minnesota Vikings are 2-8 with six games remaining this season, tying them for the second-worst record in the NFL. Their season has gone so poorly that Mark Craig of the Star Tribune appropriately took a moment to note the performances of the worst teams in the franchise's 50 previous seasons.

Here is the key paragraph: "In Vikings history, there are two teams that set the benchmark for misery. The 1962 team (2-11-1) had the fewest victories and the worst winning percentage (.179). The 1984 team had the most losses [with 13]. Only three other teams in franchise history lost 11 games, the last coming in 2001."

When the season began, few of us thought the Vikings would compete in the NFC North this season. But I'm not sure we thought they had a terrible team, either. After losing big leads in their first three games, they've produced some increasingly uncompetitive losses. It's hard to imagine them doing anything other than adding another one Sunday at the Atlanta Falcons.

Continuing around the NFC North: