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The Minnesota Vikings strengthened their once slim playoff chances with Sunday's 23-6 win on the road against the Houston Texans, one of the top teams in the AFC.
The win, after Minnesota's earlier struggles on the road this season, was unlikely, but dominating. The Vikings proved worthy of their playoff status with their most impressive win since 2009. Here's how they did it:Pass offense: B
Minnesota has had to rely on the running of Adrian Peterson the entire second half of the season, rushing for more yards than passing in the past eight games. Quarterback Christian Ponder, even in wins against Chicago and St. Louis the past two weeks, was almost an afterthought. Ponder had an efficient game against St. Louis, but it was Peterson's second 200-yard rushing day of the season. Ponder needed to be more of the Vikings' success onSunday with Houston having success against Peterson, and he was up to the task.
Ponder didn't have a big yardage day passing-wise, fin...
BEST OF MAXIM
It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the Houston Texans.
The team with the best record in the AFC got their hats handed to them in New England, and now they have to deal with the humiliation of getting upset by the Vikings, who not many gave a chance to win this game.
The Vikings keep their playoff hopes, while the Texans were kept from clinching home-field advantage throughout...
Adrian Peterson is just 27 years old and has been in the NFL for only six seasons, but Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin has seen enough to punch AP’s ticket to Canton.
As Peterson threatens to break Eric Dickerson‘s single-season rushing record, Martin can’t help but be amazed by what he’s witnessing from the Vikings running back. Martin, whose 14,101 career rushing...
Adrian Peterson is on the precipice of history. The Minnesota Vikings' All-World running back needs 102 yards to eclipse the 2,000 mark, and 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105.
Despite a ton of admiration, the Green Bay Packers -- his Week 17 opponent -- don't want to be on the wrong side of the record books.
"I mean, I respect Adrian Peterson...
With an article that feels like it was written before the game had kicked off Kelly, a sports columnist for the Toronto Star issued a scathing column with the basic premise that the Vikings were failing this season because they were relying too heavily on Adrian Peterson. The piece fails to take into account where the Vikings would be without Peterson this season (certainly not facing...
If the Vikings beat the Packers, they are in the playoffs, but they will be attempting to win with star running back Adrian Peterson dealing with sore abdominal muscles.
One year ago, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier approached the postgame news conference and was ready to bask in the glory of a pre-Christmas victory that snapped a six-game losing streak, even though star running back Adrian Peterson's career was in doubt following a major knee injury.
That was then.
Now, Peterson leads the NFL with 1,898 yards rushing and is only 207...
Man, he’s fast.
At the moment all eyes are on Adrian Peterson, the NFL’s most dynamic running back. Against his opponents on the ground, Peterson bursts through the seam and races down the field, then drives into the end zone. The beauty of the Vikings’ resurgence in the Twin Cities, a town where fans haven’t had much to be excited about, is because of Peterson’s...
The Vikings didn’t get a 100-yard game from Adrian Peterson, but they still easily won the ground game thanks to an impressive defensive effort and Christian Ponder’s timely rushes. Plus, more than a dozen notes that tell the tale of the Vikings’ 23-6 win.
The Vikings didn’t get a massive performance from Adrian Peterson, but they did get a big upset on the road to stay in the playoff hunt.
One major single-season NFL record fell this weekend, and two others remain on watch as the season heads toward the final week. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson began the NFL weekend Saturday night by catching 11 passes for 225 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. He increased his total to 1,892 receiving yards on the season, besting the mark of former...
WIN AND IN!
Never in a million years. Never would I have thought that, this year, the Minnesota Vikings would be sitting at 9-6 on the year, guaranteed a winning record for the season (WHAT?!), in a position to play a meaningful game to get them into the playoffs in their last game of the season against their rival the Green Bay Packers, and that they would beat the Houston Texans...
A couple days ago I wrote a spot addressing the five most important players to keep an eye on this Sunday: Peterson, Romo, Roethlisberger, the Giants d-line, and Russell Wilson. Here’s how it all played out.
Adrian Peterson may not have set the rushing record, but he did do a lot of damage and took all the defensive attention, allowing Christian Ponder to have his first effective...
First off, a very Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday season from us at the Pigskin Report. It’s always quite a somber holiday mood for the diehard NFL fan; for it means we’re nearing the end of the regular season. And the week number suggests, things are winding down and the playoffs begin just two weeks from today. It goes by so fast, doesn’t it?
With most of the...
Minnesota Vikings (8-6) at Houston Texans (12-2)
The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive last week, as they are one of many 8-6 teams in the NFC. They are long shot hopes, however. Not only do they not control their own destiny, their final 2 games are against Houston and Green Bay, two of the better teams in the NFL. Making matters worse, the Vikings are in a bad spot trends...