The Minnesota Vikings used its successful ball control, defensive domination formula to defeat the AFC South champion Houston Texans 23-6 Sunday at Reliant Stadium. Adrian Peterson grinded out 86 yards and Christian Ponder completed 16 of 30 passes to lift the Vikings. The defense held the Texans to 187 total yards and 22 points below their league leading average.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling far short of the 2,000-yard mark, yet helping the Minnesota Vikings keep their playoff hopes alive with a 23-6 upset of the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Linebacker Brooks Reed is active for the Houston Texans after missing three games with a groin injury, and Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook is also active after sitting out six games with a broken right arm.
The Minnesota Vikings will have to earn a victory Sunday against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings will have their hands full with wide Texans receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end J.J. Watt. Minnesota needs a win to improve its playoff chances while the Texans need a win to clinch home field advantage through the playoffs.
The Minnesota Vikings named Adrian Peterson as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award. Despite Peterson’s chase for the single season rushing record, head coach Leslie Frazier believes his focus remains on beating the Houston Texans. The Minnesota Vikings named Adrian Peterson as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.
The Houston Texans can’t help but be impressed by what Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is doing this season.
The Minnesota Vikings can greatly improve their chances of making the playoffs by beating the Houston Texans on Sunday and the Green Bay Packers in Week 17. It still needs some help to claim the final spot in the postseason, but the easiest way to make it is by winning.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the St. Louis Rams Sunday and got a little help to move into the sixth and final spot in the playoffs. It still has two games remaining to reach the postseason, but at least now it controls its own destiny. Adrian Peterson ran for 212 yards and a touchdown to solidify his case for the league’s MVP award.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the thick of the playoff chase and their head coach believes they have the formula to win championships. Punter Chris Kluwe was fined for a uniform infraction. Chris Cook is on track to return from a broken arm in Week 16. The Vikings replaced wide receiver Percy Harvin on the 53-man roster with offensive tackle Troy Kropog. Minnesota signed tight end LaMark Brown to the practice squad to take Kropog’s spot.
The Minnesota Vikings have the toughest remaining schedule of anyone in the NFL, including three games against teams tied for or leading their respective divisions. Adrian Peterson has a chance to set the NFL’s single season rushing record. Christian Ponder has struggled in recent weeks and may need to have a solid finish to the season. Ponder’s play could determine whether the Vikings are playing for a playoff spot or draft positioning.
The Minnesota Vikings had a chance to stay two games behind the Chicago Bears and move into a tie with the Green Bay Packers with a win Sunday at Lambeau Field. However, two red zone interceptions by Christian Ponder kept the Vikings from pulling off the upset. Adrian Peterson had another outstanding game with over 200 rushing yards.
The Minnesota Vikings played three games in November and lost two of them. The Vikings were led by Adrian Peterson on offense, Antoine Winfield on defense and Kevin Williams on special teams in November.
The Minnesota Vikings face another team with an injured or banged up quarterback Sunday at Soldier Field. Percy Harvin still has not practiced since injuring his ankle in Seattle, but is feeling good. Head coach Leslie Frazier noticed the turf conditions during the Bears’ last game at Soldier Field.
Despite preseason predictions, the Minnesota Vikings remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. The schedule does not get any easier; in fact it is one of the toughest remaining schedules of any team. The Vikings have the pieces and opportunity to make a run against the more heavily favored opponents.
The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers form the NFL’s best division. The Bears sit atop the standings, but have issues with its offense. The Packers won the division last season, but the defense remains its weak link. The Vikings and Adrian Peterson are one of the best stories in the league, but do they have enough to make the playoffs. The Lions remain in the hunt, but can they get hot and catch the teams ahead of them.