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Notebook: Bad beat leads to benching talk

Bryant McKinnie (Scott Boehm/Getty)

The Vikings benched Bryant McKinnie, tried to bench Brett Favre and generally had a bad night in Carolina. See what the players were saying about it afterwards. Plus, the Vikings were dominated on both sides of the line and had a cornerback motivating Steve Smith again.

Last week's publishing of fan voting in the Pro Bowl showed the Vikings offensive line as favorites to dominate the NFC squad up front. On Sunday, they were simply dominated by the Panthers defense. It got so bad that the Vikings benched left tackle Bryant McKinnie in favor of Artis Hicks and talked of doing the same with quarterback Brett Favre. McKinnie was the leading the vote-getting among...

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