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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 23: Jarius Wright #17 of the Minnesota Vikings us grabbed by his face mask by Danieal Manning #38 of the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Minnesota Vikings defeat the Houston Texans 23-6. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Shock Houston Texans

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.

12/24/2012

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Vikings Deny Texans Home-Field Playoff Advantage

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.

12/23/2012

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Houston’s Reed, Minnesota’s Cook Active 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.

12/23/2012

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans works out on the field prior to the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Face Tough Test In The Houston Texans

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.

12/21/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates his second touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Honor Adrian Peterson With Courage Award

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.

12/20/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 23: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 23, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Facing Peterson A Tall Task For Texans

The Houston Texans can’t help but be impressed by what Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is doing this season.

12/19/2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: A.J. Jefferson #24 of the Minnesota Vikings tackles Brandon Gibson #11 of the St. Louis Rams during the game at Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings won 36-22. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Playoff Scenarios

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.

12/19/2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball against the St. Louis Rams during the game at Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings won 36-22 as Peterson rushed for 212 yards. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Fend Off Late Surge From The St. Louis Rams, Inch Towards Wild Card

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.

12/17/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 9: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings hands the ball to Adrian Peterson #28 during the fourth quarter of the game on December 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Head Coach Believes Sunday Was The Way The Minnesota Vikings Need To Win

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.

12/13/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for a 61-yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton KIng/Getty Images)

What To Watch For From The Minnesota Vikings In December

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.

12/05/2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 2: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers looks for extra yardage after catching a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Lambeau Field on December 2, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 23-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Missed Opportunities Cost Minnesota Vikings At Green Bay Packers

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.

12/03/2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings avoids a tackle by Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings: Best Of November

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.

11/28/2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears walks off of the field after suffering an injury on a sack against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Face Another Injured Quarterback Quandary

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.

11/22/2012

The NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award will either go to Peterson or Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.

True Test Of The Minnesota Vikings Is Coming In The Final Six Games Of The Season

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.

11/19/2012

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Minnesota Vikings Are In The Thick Of The Division Title Hunt

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.

11/16/2012

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