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Torn Team: Concern Tempered With Optimism

Fred Smoot

Vikings players know there are plenty of mistakes to be corrected, sprains to be healed and schemes to be ironed out. And if those negatives are improved, they could return to contender status.

The Vikings know exactly where they stand: They have a talented group of individuals looking to play much, much better as a team. In the week following their third loss of the season, players were searching for answers while realizing that all is not lost. "When I first came into the league, we went 0-5 to start the season," said former Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot. "Marty Schottenheimer...

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