Vikings return home to Minn. with victory, optimism

11:02 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin-USA TODAY Sports
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings are back home in Minnesota after a week-long trip to London that ended in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"That trip to London was a good trip for our football team," said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. "The people there were so good to us. The league did a good job of setting things up along with our operations staff here at Winter Park, they did a terrific job of having things laid out."

The Vikings are 1-3 and they now will have a bye week to heal up from some injuries. Players won't have to report back to Winter Park until next Monday.

"When I put the schedule together I didn't know what our record would be," Frazier said."I had hopes it and goals of where our record would be, but as we approached this week and got closer to this bye week, I stayed true to what my original thoughts were and I'm glad I did."

The Vikings are nursing a few injuries in the secondary, especially. While, 1-3 is discouraging, the Vikings are not looking at it that way.

"We're going to take advantage of this bye week and try to use it the right way," Frazier said. "As coaches, we're going to do a self-analysis of these first four weeks, try to learn about our football team, where we are, review our personnel and try to come out of this a better football team than we were going into the bye."

The Vikings are 1-3 in the first quarter of the season.

If you look at the next four games, the Vikings have Carolina at home, at the New York Giants, at home against the Packers and Dallas on the road. The only team currently with two wins is Dallas, which would lead some to believe that each of those games are winnable.

But, bouncing back from a 0-3 start would be difficult to say the least.

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