With a win tomorrow night against Tampa Bay, the Vikings would be 6-2 at the midway point of the 2012 season and putting themselves in a realistic position to make the postseason.
This is of interest to those who trend toward Nevada, where the betting line for Vikings victories in 2012 ranged somewhere between five and six for a 16-game schedule. If they hold serve Thursday night, the gambling phrase, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner!" comes into play.
The interesting part about the Vikings' current run of success is that a fan base tempered on empty Kleenex boxes has a bit of an unwillingness to fully jump on the bandwagon. Had the Vikings not opted into a league agreement to allow less-than-sellout crowds to count as a sellout, Vikings fans potentially might not have seen any of their four home wins to date.
With a win Thursday, the Vikings will be 3-1 in September and 3-1 in October. They will have banked enough currency that, if they play .500 from that point forward, they will finish 10-6 and make the postseason. With a win Thursday, the Vikings might be able to yell "All aboard!" to the team bandwagon. Passengers accepted – better late than never. It's time to start a new sellout streak. The scars of 2009 should have scabbed over and healed. It's time for the in-house fan base to get back on the bandwagon because, from the looks of the closing half of the schedule, the Vikings need the 60,012th man now more than ever.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.