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Friday, December 07, 2007

More help for Vikings?

Two teams that face the Vikings in the final three games played on Thursday and knocked each other's quarterbacks out.

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin leveled Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman from behind. Grossman injured a knee, and Bears head coach Lovie Smith is unsure if he will return this season.

In the next quarter, Bears defensive end Mark Anderson smashed Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell from the blindside, dislocating the quarterback's left knee cap.

According to the NFL Network, Campbell will miss a month with a dislocated patella tendon.

So how did the game end? Most of you probably didn't see it, since it was televised on the NFL Network. But journeyman quarterback Todd Collins, who hadn't thrown a touchdown pass since 2002, threw two against the Bears. He also completed 15 of 20 passes for 224 yards, leading the Redskins to a 24-16 victory that has the team still alive in the NFC playoff hunt with a 6-7 record.

The Bears, meanwhile, are essentially done. They are 5-8, and they will literally limp into the Metrodome on Dec. 17.

They also lost defensive tackle Antonio Garay, to a serious right ankle injury, and Tommie Harris has been playing on a bum knee for more than two months.

So all this begs the question: Are the Vikings destined to become just the fourth team to rebound from a 2-5 record to reach the playoffs?


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