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Vikings thrilled to control their destiny

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The Vikings didn't take full advantage of the first half of their schedule, but with four division games ahead of them, the players are excited to be in playoff contention.

The "easy" part of the Minnesota Vikings' schedule is complete. They are 6-4. They put themselves in the playoff conversation, although recent losses to NFC playoff contenders Tampa Bay and Seattle will put the Vikings in a tiebreaking bind. But coming off a 3-13 disaster in 2011 and using the first 10 games of the 2012 season to double their win total from last year has given renewed hope in...

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