By BRIAN HALL
The Minnesota Vikings were still holding postseason hopes this past week even though they started the season 0-3 and had lost double-digit halftime leads in each game.
Minnesota will have a tough time talking about playoffs -- or anything other than a rebuilding season -- after Sunday's 22-17 loss at previously winless Kansas City. Only one team in NFL history has recovered from a 0-4 deficit to make the playoffs, the 1992 San Diego Chargers.
The Vikings also have the obstacle of playing in perhaps the best division in football. The NFC North features the two teams that played in the conference title game last season as well as up-and-coming Detroit. The Lions went to 4-0 on Sunday. Green Bay was undefeated heading into the week. Chicago is 2-2.
Minnesota, at least, could find something to build on after playing three dominant first halves against potential playoff teams in San Diego, Tampa Bay and Detroit, losing by a combined 14 points. There i...