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Posted at 5:44 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Relax, it could be worse - you could be a Vikings fan

By Jason Woodmansee

Redskins fans may think they’ve been through a lot this year. Ugly losses, getting Vicked on national television, Rex Grossman - but it’s nothing compared to what Vikings fans have had to deal with. My in-laws live in South Dakota and Minnesota and are Vikings fans (except for the few that decided to be Packers fans just to annoy everyone else) and this year, football is a topic I know to avoid. It’s like not talking about how crazy Uncle Albert is back in jail - everyone knows about it and there’s no need to bring up the unpleasantness. [Random side note - one year my wife’s aunt got me a big purple Randy Moss/Vikings shirt for Christmas. She told me she got it because “I know you like football.” I just said thanks and moved on.]

This angst begins with the gunslinger, Brett Favre. We should have some sympathy for Vikings fans just for having to root for him in the first place - it has to be tough after all those years as their hated rival. It would be like the Redskins signing Troy Aikman - or Donovan McNabb (er, bad example). Last year, I’m sure it was easier to put that past behind them, but this year he’s been an interception-throwing/private-part-texting machine. When the Vikings announced he would be starting this week, every Redskins fan I know was thrilled. That’s not the kind of reaction you want to get from your starting QB.

Then there’s Randy Moss. It was supposed to be a wonderful reunion, but instead it was a brief, frustrating affair. Let’s not forget that Moss was a bit of trouble the first go around - running over cops with his car , causing Joe Buck to lose his mind, and “Straight Cash, Homey.” This time around he barely tried and insulted the caterers.

Now, I suppose it would be one thing if they could look back on past glory, but the Vikings are one of those teams that only lose Super Bowls. The Fran Tarkenton/Bud Grant Vikings of the 70’s lost four different Super Bowls - they were the Buffalo Bills without the Zubaz. In the 80’s, they were a necessary step for the Redskins to win championships - the Redskins beat them in 1982 and 1987. Perhaps the most memorable thing about the Vikings before the Brett Favre dong-a-palooza came to town was the infamous “Sex Boat” cruise. You know, the one the team took with strippers and, um, toys (I don’t care if Fred Smoot says it was the most overrated party ever - in my mind it will always be epic).

If nothing else, it’s nice to not have the Redskins be the team with all the drama. Between Vince Young’s meltdown last week and the constant circus that is the Vikings, the boring ol’ Redskins get to slip under the radar. It’s kinda nice for a change...

By Jason Woodmansee  | November 24, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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I'd be very careful here about dissing Minnesota. Teams have a way of rebounding with resolve after a coaching replacement--witness Dallas this year.

And for the record, this was the winning drive recap from last week, which hardly shows any offensive proficiency.

Was 1st&10 Was13 Donovan McNabb Pass to Chris Cooley to Was39 for 26 yards

Was 1st&10 Was39 Donovan McNabb sacked at Was32 for -7 yards

Was 2nd&17 Was32 Was-Donovan McNabb PENALIZED -5 yards for Delay of Game

Was 2nd&22 Was27 Donovan McNabb Pass Incomplete to Fred Davis

Was Ten-Jason Babin PENALIZED 15 yards for Unnecessary Roughness
Was Ten-Will Witherspoon PENALIZED 15 yards for Roughing Passer. Replay challenge - ruling reversed.

Was 1st&10 Ten43 Keiland Williams Off Right Tackle to Ten41 for 2 yards

Was 2nd&8 Ten41 Donovan McNabb Pass to Santana Moss to Ten31 for 10 yards

Was 1st&10 Ten31 Keiland Williams Off Left End to Ten30 for 1 yard

Was 2nd&9 Ten30 Tennessee Titans timeout.

Was Ten-Alterraun Verner PENALIZED 5 yards for Illegal Contact

Was 1st&10 Ten25 Was-Will Montgomery PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start

Was 1st&15 Ten30 Washington Redskins timeout

Was 1st&15 Ten30 Donovan McNabb Pass to Keiland Williams to Ten28 for 2 yards

Was 2nd&13 Ten28 Keiland Williams Off Right Tackle to Ten30 for -2 yards

Was 3rd&15 Ten30 Donovan McNabb Pass Incomplete to Anthony Armstrong

Was 4th&15 Ten30 Graham Gano 48 yard field goal is GOOD. Holder-Hunter Smith

Was Drive Stats: 10 plays, 57 yards, 5min 9sec

Bottom-Line: They will have to play much better than this to beat teams who don't self-destruct.

Posted by: JCinDC | November 25, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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