Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) throws during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Jags, Colts, Vikes Make NFL Parity Apparent

The Minnesota Vikings have just shocked the world by handling the seemingly unstoppable San Francisco 49ers in a hard fought 24-13 victory.  The week before they had been beaten by a rebuilding Colts squad.  The week before that they hung on for a victory in overtime against a rebuilding Jaguars team.  With an improbable win this week, the Vikes are suddenly sitting pretty at 2-1 in the NFC North.  For the Jaguars and the Colts, the Vikings provide an odd measuring stick.  For the rest of the NFL, the Vikings are an interesting look at the way parity permeates the league..

The Jaguars went to Minnesota and lost in overtime.  The Vikings went to Indianapolis and lost big.  The Jags to Indianapolis and win in the last minute.  What does this say about three teams who are all in the middle of rebuilding?  This little round robin is an interesting look at how teams must be ready any given Sunday.  Are the 2-1 Vikings one of the better teams in football right now?  Not really, but they still toppled the Niners.  Does the victory over the Vikings hold more weight for the Colts now that they’ve seen the Vikings find a second level top topple San Francisco?  Maybe.  But what does that say about the Jaguars team that has looked painful in two contests yet lost a heart-breaker to the seemingly strong Vikings and then eked out a win over Indy?

It’s a conundrum trying to gauge these three teams that are hovering in the mid-bottom end of the NFL. If the Vikings keep winning, then this may be one of the quickest rebuilding efforts the NFL has seen in a long time.  If they keep winning, does that mean that the AFC South is actually a much stronger division than many perceive it to be?  I think it could very well be the case.  The Texans are obviously the cream of the crop and have beaten down opponents thus far, but maybe the gap between them and the rest of the AFC South is closing a bit sooner than we thought.  With the Titans beating the Lions on Sunday as well, this whole division just got a whole lot tighter.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • BigZ

    Um…the Vikings “lost big” to the Colts? They lost on a last-second FG.

    • LukeNSims

      The Colts were in control throughout. The resurgence of the Vikings would have been a nice sized comeback. Not to mention that the loss was big because they could be 3-0 right now rather than 2-1 (not that that isn’t a bad thing).

      • Jake

        The Vikings put up 14 in the 4th quarter. I don’t think that qualifies the Colts as “being in control throughout”. The Colts won but they squeaked it out in the last 30 seconds of the game. This was a game that was on its way to overtime and could have gone either way, the Colts just happened to Luck up at the end and pull it out. This was not a “measuring stick” win. Until that last second drive at the very end Luck had only thrown for about 180 yards and they finished with about 70 total yards on the ground, not exactly a dominant performance. Your entire theory of trying to measure these three teams against one another based on who beat who is entirely flawed. For being the lead writer, the lack of insight and research in your articles continues to disappoint.