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Leslie Frazier had a wide smile as he hugged receiver Jerome Simpson on the field after the Minnesota Vikings' 20-13 win at Detroit on Sunday.
Frazier had good reason to be happy. He took over as Minnesota's coach 11 games into the 2010 season, replacing the fired Brad Childress on an interim basis and then earning the permanent job with three late-season wins. One thing Frazier hadn't done was win a divisional game. That was eight losses in the NFC North extending the Vikings' streak to 11 losses in a row against the division.
But Minnesota (3-1) went on the road to beat the reeling Lions (1-3) to snap the streak and keep the Vikings on top of the NFC North standings through the first quarter of the season. Chicago (2-1) plays at the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.
Here are five things we learned from Minnesota's streak-snapping win on Sunday:
1. The Vikings are better than many expected.
Minnesota was predicted to be at the bottom of the NFC North this season af...
BEST OF MAXIM
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Percy Harvin is off to the best start of his four-year NFL career with 30 catches, fourth in the league entering Monday night.
His importance to the Minnesota Vikings has never been higher and he offered a bit of insight Monday to what caused his displeasure during minicamp this summer when he expressed his unhappiness with the team, reportedly had asked for...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. As the Minnesota Vikings season nosedived last year, a lot of the blame was placed on a historically bad secondary, which allowed a 107.6 quarterback rating, the second highest mark in NFL history.
Injuries and an overall lack of competency were common themes as Minnesota led the league with 34 passing touchdowns allowed, while tying a league-low with eight...
The Minnesota Vikings got lucky this week.A pair of returns made up for their lack of offense, and they escaped Ford Field with a tough win thanks to their defense, matching a surprising trend:So far this year, the Vikings have looked more like a playoff contender than a team that is rebuilding.It's still too early to hand them the division crown, but at this point, I would have...
Don't look now, but all of a sudden, the Detroit Lions are in big trouble early in 2012. After dropping two tough contests on the road, the Lions came home looking to generate some positive momentum against an NFC North opponent heading into their bye week. Instead of having a successful hunt and getting things back on the right track, Detroit laid the biggest possible egg against...
The Minnesota Vikings snapped their 11-game NFC North losing streak Sunday by going on the road and beating the Detroit Lions 20-13, in the process staying on top in the division and building on the momentum created from last week's win against San Francisco.
Percy Harvin's 105-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff started a second-straight impressive win for Minnesota...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings challenged themselves prior to last week's game against the San Francisco 49ers and came through with the biggest win for the team since the team made it to the NFC Championship game in 2010.Now, the Vikings' challenge is coping with handling success and continuing the momentum gained from last week's win."Talked about that...
Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Sherels scored on a punt return early in the third, helping the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 20-13 Sunday.
NFC North-leading Minnesota (3-1) matched the number of wins it had last season. The Vikings also snapped an 11-game losing streak within the division.
The Lions (1-3) have lost three...
Tom Schreier knows he's going to regret writing this...
Sitting here a month ago, it looked as though this game against the Minnesota Vikings would be an easy win and Detroit would be heading into the bye week on a positive note. However after falling to the winless Tennessee Titans last Sunday while Minnesota pulled the upset at home against the San Francisco 49ers, the perspective on this game has changed dramatically.