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Vikings not getting overconfident despite early success

Minnesota Vikings players aren't getting too high on the team's 4-1 start to the season. Perhaps that's because the schedule gets tougher and tougher as the season goes on.

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The Minnesota Vikings are taking a careful approach to their fast start, according to Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press.

After the Vikings' latest win, a 30-7 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans, tight end Kyle Rudolph downplayed the importance of the victory:

"This is just the first game of the second quarter of the season."

That was a recurring theme in Minnesota's postgame comments to Powers, with quarterback Christian Ponder being cautious about the team's early success, as well. Ponder, who completed 25-of-35 passes for 258 yards and a couple of scores, feels that the Vikings should actually be better than they are, record-wise.

"I know everyone else is surprised we're 4-1. What stinks is we should be 5-0. We had that close game against Indianapolis."

The road will get tougher for the Vikings as the season wears on, starting with a road contest against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. However, exceeding their total number of victories from last season through just five games in 2012 is no small accomplishment, even if the players think otherwise.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.