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Notebook: Players Assess Playoff Hopes

Travis Taylor

The Vikings have come back from dismal early performances before, and the players are hoping for more of the same as they squirm to get back in the playoff race.

The clichéd phrases of "backs against the wall" and "must-win games" haven't been thrown out too often in the Vikings' locker room yet this year, but players know their playoff hopes will be slipping away quicker than a dropped pass if they don't turn their fortunes around soon – as in, Sunday. With a 4-5 record and eight teams in the NFC with winning records, the Vikings would be left out in the... Recommended Stories

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