Vikings looked poised, calm in win

Sure, it's only one game -- but the Vikings' win at Washington felt very different from wins in the Mike Tice era.

With Tice and Daunte Culpepper running the show, it felt as if Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble were guiding the team. With Brad Childress and Brad Johnson in charge, it feels more like Bill Gates and Ulysses S. Grant are leading the Purple.

Finally, the Vikings forced an opponent to play their game. Minnesota dictated play, seemed oblivious to a noisy crowd and, even when things were going badly, appeared calm and poised.

Penalties? No problem. Third-and-8? No big deal. Dropped passes? Go back to the culprit until he comes through.

Here's a prediction: The Vikings will stop the promotional gimmicks they've been using to sell the thousands of remaining tickets for their home games. By week's end, those tickets will be long gone.


Eric Atherton

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