Welcome to "Survivor: Metrodome."

Facing a 19-7 deficit and a sea of angry fans that were ready to kick the home team and its coaches off the island, the Vikings somehow managed to stay alive for another week.

Yes, it's easy to point out that Minnesota once again allowed a 100-yard rusher, and to an utterly hapless Detroit offense. The Vikings' special teams remain dreadful, and the once-dominant offensive line has become a glaring problem. The linebackers still aren't making plays, and Kevin Williams and Chris Hovan seem to have vanished from the face of the Earth.

But a win's a win, and it's a lot easier watching film of your mistakes when you know that in the end, you got the job done.

It's possible the Vikings have bottomed out and are starting to ascend. Yes, I said that with a straight face.

And remember: That which doesn't destroy you makes you stronger. A win next week and suddenly, we'll be talking about the resurgent Vikings.


So bring on the next tribal council.

Eric Atherton

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