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Morry Gash, Associated Press
New Orleans Saints' Lance Moore (16) breaks away from Minnesota Vikings' Jamarca Sanford (33) for a 47-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Minneapolis.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings need to win their final two games to avoid the worst record in the franchise's 51-year history.

Whether they do that or not, coaches and players know that many jobs are on the line. The Vikings are 2-12 heading into Saturday's game against Washington.

Defensive end Jared Allen says he knows some people are going to be fired. That's life in the NFL. That's why he says it's key for the team to play carefree against the Redskins and Bears and try to end the season on a good note.

The Vikings were blown out 42-20 by the Saints last weekend.