Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/23/11
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier attempted to provide a spark for his free-falling team this week.Dealing with a short week in advance of Saturday's Christmas Eve game at Washington and trying to snap out of the funk of a six-game losing streak, Frazier created internal competition during Thursday's practice. Coaches manufactured a face-off between the offensive starters against the defensive starters, to "pep things up a little bit" as Frazier said."Ordinarily, we work whoever the opponents is, work some of their plays," Frazier said. "But this time we decided to create a situation where it's Vikings versus Vikings. I don't want to get into the situation, but it was good, created a lot of fire and emotion."It's a rarity to play starters against starters in a competitive atmosphere, especially this late into a season, but Frazier said the arrangement achieved its intended goal.Now, to see if the tactic makes a difference Saturday when Minnesota (2-12) visits the Redskins (5-9)...
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