EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. How uptight are the Minnesota Vikings with the playoffs on the line over the season's final two weeks?
So uptight that they staged a dance-off between defensive linemen Fred Evans and Everson Griffen recently. Minnesota is focused on trying to win its third road game of the season Sunday when it travels to 12-2 Houston before the season finale at home against Green Bay. But the Vikings (8-6) won't be uptight, either, with the stakes raised this season after missing the playoffs the past two years and going through a 3-13 debacle last year.
"You don't want to go into a game like this tight or tense because of the circumstances," Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said. "You really want to go out there and play with great confidence and not be all wound tight. They are not wound tight. That is definitely the truth."
Here are five things to watch as the "loosey-goosey" Vikings travel to face the Texans and try to boost their playoff chances:
1. A slightly less-clou...