EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings don't want to be fooled again.
Last season, Minnesota looked at the positives during its first three games -- when it held big halftime leads before letting wins slip away during disastrous second halves -- and was convinced cleaning up a few areas would turn the season around.
That turned out to be fool's purple and gold, and the Vikings aren't falling for it in 2012.
Minnesota lost, 23-20, last Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts, dropping its record to 1-1 in two games that both went down to the last minute. The similarities through two games of 2011 and 2012 are obvious, but the Vikings are trying to make sure this season doesn't have the same finish.
"We've got to shore things up in a hurry," linebacker Chad Greenway said this week. "No excuses. No explanations. Go to work and get it right. We got into this last year. 'Well, we did this good and that good. We didn't finish, but we had a really good first half.' Well, you're losing, so...