I don't know if I take any solace in that. I'm pretty sure you've even said yourself - in the NFL outside of the top 2 or so teams and the bottom few, most teams are pretty close and it usually only comes down to a few plays being the difference between winning and losing. I don't think the Vikings are as good as their record, but they are better team than the Lions, and a playoff team. If they play 10 games in a neutral site, the Vikings probably win 7 of them. Sure, the Lions played like dogshit, but that's what they do, that's who they are (despite the fact that they are in most games). That won't fly in the playoffs.