as players filed out of the nearly silent visitors' locker room in Chicago on Sunday, some vowed to start correcting their mistakes on the field, taking solace in the fact that they remain a mere game out of first place in the NFC North, football's worst division. "We would love to have come in here after a s--- week and played well enough to have something to smile about," halfback Michael Bennett said quietly as he headed up a corridor toward the team buses. "If we focus on football and let everything blow over, we can still realize our goals--to win our division and go to the Super Bowl."
But as Team Turmoil trudges onward, beginning with Sunday's game against the 1--4 Packers at the Metrodome, the lofty goals voiced by Bennett seem almost inconceivable. The Vikings' challenge, for the moment, is simply to stay afloat.