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Sunday slant: Vikings embrace underdog status

Visanthe Shiancoe (Andy Blenkush/AP)

The Vikings know how they are perceived from the outside. They are big underdogs this year in Vegas and in power rankings, including those on FOXSports.com. But after all the turmoil they survived in 2010, they don't mind the lack of attention too much this year. Just ask them.

Word has worked its way around the Vikings locker room: They are getting no respect, especially in the NFC North Division. Even former Vikings coordinator Brian Billick has a hard time seeing much good happening to the Vikings this year when it comes to their finish in the standings. "Donovan McNabb may give them a puncher's chance, but the loss of Sidney Rice is hard to overcome," Billick wrote...

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