Rand:  This Vikings season already ranks among the worst

  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 7:20 AM

The Vikings season is not quite half over, or it is already over, depending on how you want to look at it. Road games at Dallas, Seattle and Green Bay loom in three of the next four weeks, threatening to turn something already bad into something even worse. As it stands, though, this is already one of the five most disappointing Vikings season in their 50-plus years of existence. Here is our list:

• No. 5: 1984. Also known as “the Les Steckel” year. It doesn’t occupy a more prominent spot in the top five because with a brand new head coach it was hard to know what to expect — and because the Bud Grant-coached 1983 squad started 6-2 but went 2-6 down the stretch. However, when a team goes 3-13 and loses five of its final six games by at least 21 points, it earns a place at the table.

• No. 4: 1972. Every Vikings team from 1969 to ’76 won at least 10 games and made it to the playoffs — except for this team, which went 7-7. Strangely enough, this was the first season of Fran Tarkenton’s second go-round with the Vikings.

• No. 3: 2013. Yes, this season already qualifies as the third worst. Considering the Vikings made the playoffs last season and won 10 games, the trajectory of 2013 can only be thought of as an unmitigated disaster.

• No. 2: 2001. This would be No. 1 if not for the fact that we all caught glimpses of what was to come in 2000. That year’s team backed into a bye with three consecutive losses to end the regular season, gained false confidence in the playoffs vs. New Orleans and then served up 41-donut in the NFC title game. The 2001 squad limped to a 5-11 finish with four consecutive losses and cost Denny Green his job.

• No. 1: 2010. In retrospect, it was foolish to think the 2009 squad could recapture the magic a year later. But at the time, you looked at a team that had pretty much everyone back and thought it could make a Super Bowl run. Instead, the victory total was chopped in half from 12 to six and every off-field distraction imaginable came to fruition. Brad Childress lost his job.

So there’s your list of five. What new and exciting things will the 2013 Vikings do to move even further up the list?

MICHAEL RAND

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Miami - LP: M. Dunn 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 3
Arizona - WP: T. Cahill 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop 5
San Francisco - WP: J. Machi 12 FINAL
Colorado - LP: C. Bettis 10
Texas - WP: M. Perez 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 0
Houston - LP: J. Fields 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Rodney 5
Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton 2
LA Angels - LP: E. Frieri 4 FINAL
Washington - WP: D. Storen 5
Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera 3 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw 5
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 10 FINAL
Toronto - LP: T. Redmond 8
Chicago WSox - WP: A. Rienzo 6 FINAL
Detroit - LP: E. Reed 4
St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha 2 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. Niese 3
Minnesota - WP: C. Fien 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Lueke 4
NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda 1 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Lackey 5
San Diego - LP: T. Ross 2 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5
Philadelphia - LP: C. Hamels 2 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 5
Charlotte 97 FINAL
Miami 101
Dallas 113 FINAL
San Antonio 92
Portland 112 FINAL
Houston 105
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL(OT)
Columbus 4
Anaheim 2 FINAL
Dallas 4
St. Louis 3 FINAL(OT)
Chicago 4
Houston 0 FINAL
Red Bull New York 4
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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