Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) celebrates with linebacker Chad Greenway (52) and wide receiver Joe Webb (14) following the game against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Win Spurns Mixed Reactions


Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) kicks a 30 yard field goal to the the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings just got their third win of the season and have spoiled the playoff hopes of the Chicago Bears.  You’d think Vikings fans would be really excited about this, but oddly enough, reactions have been mixed.

One of my personal favorite Minnesota Vikings facebook pages, Purple Jesus Diaries, posted this as their status update following the win.

If the Minnesota Vikings would have lost today, we’d now hold the #2 draft pick. As is, we’re actually #6. Hope that embarrassing win was worth it!

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) celebrates with linebacker Chad Greenway (52) and wide receiver Joe Webb (14) following the game against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

And they are not the only ones who feel this way.  Many Vikings fans are expressing that a win is really a loss for the Vikings because it hurts their draft position in the upcoming draft.

I disagree with this.  I would rather have the Vikings finish with a respectable record and get some wins (or ties) against division opponents in order to appear like a squad that should be taken somewhat seriously.  Plus, if the Vikings really want a player in the draft, general manager Rick Spielman has not shown any hesitation in pulling the trigger on a trade to get who they want.

So, how do you feel?  Is a regular season win for the Vikings really a loss because of draft position?  Is it entirely too soon to be thinking draft?  Let us know in the comments.

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  • Chas Honey Badger Green

    No way possible this is a loss for our vikings. I win is a win, period. Especially a rival division win. I question the fan loyalty of anyone that encourages their own team to lose or tank a season. I have some faith in the vikings front office to make waves in the 1st round in the draft regardless what number pick we have.

  • Immanuel Mueller

    A WIN is a win, no matter how it impacts the draft. As Adam said in this article, Spielman is wily enough to get what he wants however that has to happen. I trust him to make the right call for us both at the QB position and in the draft overall. Let’s be honest, if we could upgrade the offensive line and get maybe one more standout wide receiver, running with a legit QB competition at camp with the three we already have might work. It is, in my opinion, our DEFENSE that needs the most help. Allen will be gone after this year; there is no way we are going to pay him what he wants to stay in purple. Our secondary is a joke, especially at cornerback. Hell they’re getting themselves thrown out of games they’re so embarrassed with their lack of production! (thank you Chris Cook for making yourself such an easy target) I would like to see us go out and get a true #1 cornerback or barring the legit pros in the draft being gone by pick #10 or whatever we end up with then let’s get Jadeveon Clowney. As much as he’s been touted throughout this year, I don’t see him going at 1-5. Those slots will almost assuredly be reserved for the QBs of the class.

  • David Crosby

    I myself am mixed on this topic. Of course like everyone else I want a franchise QB. Although not a guarantee that guy is closer to #1 it’d still be nice to have the opp to pick from the top of the best vs the what’s left over guys. Brady Rodgers Wilson Brees non of which were top picks have proven that its not where you’re taken it’s what’s inside so with that being said yesterdays game was one hell of a game and a good final game in the dome vs a divisional foe unlike the when the Pack killed us here. There’s going to be some good QB’s in this draft but what I can tell you is this I’m not feeling to good about having Slick Rick pick the next QB let’s not forget he pick Ponder and has set this franchise back years with his “development” plan. Secondary sucks big time and who drafted and signed our wonderful secondary……Slick Rick. He picked H. Smith so he’ll get praise for that but picking Ponder and was going to take Locker if he was there and missing or more picks then he hit on tells me that if this ship is to be righted Slick Rick needs to go. Let’s just ask Detroit or Miami how they feel about him while we’re at it.