What was shaping up to be a bad sports weekend–the Leafs lost twice and even Manchester United suffered a rare defeat–turned unexpectedly glorious this afternoon, when the Vikings kicked the crap out of the New York Giants (on the road, no less) with a 41-17 win that was as emphatic as any victory in recent team history. Minnesota intercepted Eli Manning four times; three of those picks were returned for touchdowns (by Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith and Chad Greenway, respectively), only the tenth time in league history that’s ever happened. Tarvaris Jackson, meanwhile, continued his slow yet steady progress with another solid day; his first pass of the day went for a sixty-yard touchdown to Sidney Rice, and he spent the rest of the afternoon managing the game effectively. The win brought the Vikings’ season record to 5-6, and puts them solidly on the fringes of the NFC playoff race; with the return of Adrian Peterson imminent and an easier schedule to come, it’s not unfathomable for Minnesota to make a late run.
You’ll have to excuse my utter incredulity.