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Purple Pros: The Same Old Story
Jack McCallum
November 16, 1981
The Vikings are following their familiar plot line, using a short-pass offense to once again take the lead in the NFC Central
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November 16, 1981

Purple Pros: The Same Old Story

The Vikings are following their familiar plot line, using a short-pass offense to once again take the lead in the NFC Central

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Senser, a sixth-round 1979 pick from West Chester (Pa.) State, is the real surprise. As the NFC's third-leading receiver, with 49 receptions, he has already lost his no-name status; his wrong-name status should go soon, too. "People are always asking me where we got this Sensator from," says Grant.

Despite their poor postseason performances (9-11, including 0 for 4 in Super Bowls), the Vikes are the class of their not-so-classy division. Who can catch them?

Tampa Bay may have the personnel, but it is startlingly erratic. Detroit has Billy Sims plus an 0-6 record away from the noisy, artificially turfed Silverdome. Chicago, despite a 16-13 win over Kansas City on Sunday, has internal problems, and Walter Payton must be wondering if he can survive the woeful blocking the Bears are giving him. Perhaps the Packers' two-game winning streak—they beat the Giants 26-24 Sunday—signals a new challenge for the Vikings. After all, Green Bay Coach Bart Starr went out and pleaded with the fans for support and now appears to have his own cheering section.

Grant, of course, has so far resisted cheerleading. Otherwise, he would most certainly be shaking his purple pompons for Two-Minute Tommy.

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