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Despite slump, Vikings keeping singular focus

The Vikings aren't in panic mode. Instead, they are focused on Detroit and simply hoping to reach the bye with a winning record before they start playing a lot of teams with winning records.

When the Vikings got off to a 5-2 start, there was disbelief among fans that this was the same team that went 3-13 a year earlier, gutted the veteran core of the franchise and effectively said that it was starting over from scratch with a young nucleus. Hard-pressed to make predictions for the 2012 season, five or six wins was the upper level of expectations from many of those outside the...

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