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Vikings offense needs to ‘get up to speed’

DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of work to do.

After dropping the season opener 14-9 in New Orleans, the Vikings returned home with a mix of frustration and confidence. Their biggest concern was a mostly flat performance by the offense, but they expressed optimism about their ability to recover from their first loss and get back on track.

Having missed Brett Favre for much of the preseason and others to various injuries and absences, the Vikings looked a little rusty. Favre said after the game he thought the timing was a little off.

Coach Brad Childress said Friday the Vikings “need to get up to speed in a heck of a hurry” but praised the performances of several players against the Saints.

The Vikings host the Miami Dolphins next, on Sept. 19.