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Sunday slant: A portend to 2012?

Toby Gerhart was bruising defenders from the offensive backfield and Joe Webb was confusing defenders in the defensive backfield. Their performances Saturday give the Vikings tempting options for the 2012.

The Vikings never lost so much in a win. They lost hold on the No. 2 draft spot. They ended their nine-game streak without an interception. They lost rookie quarterback Christian Ponder to a concussion. And, easily the worst of all, they lost their best player to at least a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee (and quite likely more ligament damage). There were many cruel ironies for...

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