MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Like the afternoon light on a short December day in Minnesota, the Vikings have been fading fast.
For all the fight they've displayed over the last two months in trying to overcome their offense's injury-influenced limitations, the harsh reality is that the 5-0 start has given way to a 6-6 mark. Victory in the rest of their games is likely the only route to the playoffs, and even in that scenario they'd probably need some help from other teams.
"We'll have to win out," linebacker Anthony Barr said after the Vikings fell 17-15 to league-leading Dallas on Thursday night. "I was hoping to get this win today and go on a run, but hopefully it starts next week."