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 after last year's 3-13...