Any given Monday

How do teams survive a 17-week season? By taking the day off.

Updated: December 3, 2009, 9:08 AM ET
By Charles Curtis | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the Dec. 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Right after Minnesota throttled Detroit in Week 10, Vikings coach Brad Childress stood before his players to review the few errors they had made. Just as he was about to dismiss his 8-1 team, he uttered three words that nearly blew the roof off the locker room: "See you Wednesday."