The Minnesota Vikings (5-3) looked bad for the third straight week, this time falling to their NFC North rival Detroit Lions (5-4) 22-16 in overtime today at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed yet another extra point, and had a field goal blocked in the loss.

How much longer can the Vikings keep Walsh on the roster -- now costing the Vikings two losses this season, in addition to the season-ending playoff loss against Seattle last year?

Ahh, the life of a Minnesota sports fan (yes, I'm feeling sorry for myself). The silver lining in today's NFL action is that the Packers lost at home to the Colts -- leaving Minnesota on top of the NFC North (although that seems less relevant each week).

NFC North Standings

  1. Minnesota Vikings  (5-3)
  2. Detroit Lions  (5-4)
  3. Green Bay Packers (4-4)
  4. Chicago Bears  (2-6)

Next Sunday the Vikings travel to the nation's capital to face the Washington Redskins (4-3-1). The Vikes absolutely cannot afford to lose four straight.

Skol Vikings!