3 Key Moments
Week 1 vs. Jaguars
This is a winnable game at home. Notice a theme here? The Vikings went a paltry 1-7 in Minneapolis last year. No, that's not because they need an outdoor stadium; they simply stunk. The Jags didn't do too well either, and Blaine Gabbert < Christian Ponder.
Week 8 vs. Buccaneers
The Vikings were up 17-0 at halftime on the Bucs last year and blew it. That was Week 2, and set a precedent for the rest of the season in which the Vikings often faltered late in games. Tampa Bay is in rebuilding mode. This is a game that is both winnable and necessary.
Week 10 vs. Lions
Even worse than the Bucs debacle, the Vikings were up 20-0 on the Lions the next week -- at home -- and blew it again. In fact, Minnesota had a shot in both meetings with the Lions and lost both games by a combined nine points -- bad memories that could afford to be erased.