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Lunch Break, 11/4: All Smiles Entering Bye Week

Having won two straight games entering the bye week, the Vikings set themselves up to make a run entering the second half of the season and that makes Head Coach Mike Zimmer happy.

Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune writes about the Vikings current two game win streak:

Not too long ago, the Vikings sat, stunned and silent and shoulder to shoulder, in a locker room in Buffalo, wondering what it would take to stop their free fall after a last-second loss dropped them to 2-5.

*Their offense could hardly get anything going. Their defense couldn't get a stop when they needed one most. And a three-game losing streak had some folks outside the walls of that cramped locker room prematurely looking ahead to next season for a second straight October. *

But two weeks and two narrow wins later, the latest coming by a 29-26 score after a seesaw second half with the Washington Redskins, the Vikings bounced around their spacious locker room at TCF Bank Stadium and couldn't contain their optimism about the direction their team could suddenly be heading.

"In the NFL, you get on a roll and there is no telling where it can take you," wide receiver Jarius Wright said.

And while coach Mike Zimmer still isn't quite over that fourth-and-20 play that cost the Vikings a win against the Bills, even he couldn't help but crack a smirk, especially when talking about the satisfaction he felt in the way that his young team has been able to regroup after their season seemed to be on the brink.

"I always love to prove people wrong and hopefully the team does too," Zimmer said. "You know everybody said we can't win games in the fourth quarter after we lost that Buffalo game but we've won two games in the fourth quarter now at the end, and that's a credit to our resiliency and the way that we work. I still wish I had that fourth and 20 back, but it is what it is."

The Vikings head into their bye week on a modest two-game winning streak, and those victories came against teams with losing records. But it is how the Vikings won those games that pleases Zimmer. In both, the Vikings dug themselves out of fourth-quarter deficits and found a way to win close games.

With games against the Bears and Packers on the other side of the bye week, the Vikings have a significant chance to make up some ground in the division and keep proving people wrong.

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