Defense, Running Game Propel Minnesota Vikings to Victory

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When the season is on the line, fans aren’t going to be picky about how their team earns a victory. Many probably even expected a game like they witnessed Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Vikings stepped up and got the job done against the Chicago Bears. They simply played well enough to win, and made more big plays than the Bears. In my preview article, I mentioned that I thought defense or special teams would have to step up and make a big play, hopefully a touchdown. Well, it almost happened twice.

Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith, two rookies mind you, each came up with an interception and return. Smith took his to the house, while Robinson was just mere inches from doing the same. These two plays were the difference in the game.

The front-four was able to get solid pressure on Jay Cutler all game long, and eventually knocked him out with a neck injury late in the fourth quarter. It was somewhat of a coming out party for DE Everson Griffen, who really showed the talent he possess as a pass-rusher.

Most also expected another big day from Adrian Peterson, and he certainly didn’t disappoint, topping 100 yards rushing with two touchdowns…by the end of the first quarter. Peterson continues to make his case for MVP, because yet again on this day, he was Minnesota’s offense.

The Bears did do a good job of limiting him in the second half, but the damage had already been done.

So long story short, the Vikings played themselves some old school football on this Sunday. They got the job done with physical defense and by riding the back of their best offensive player. Just like it has been all year, it wasn’t pretty, but the end result was there.

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