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Monday Morning Aftermath: Minnesota Vikings

November 29, 2010

The Minnesota Vikings battled for their first road win of the season, defeating the Washington Redskins 17-13.

The Good:

Leslie Frazier motivated the previously underperforming Vikings for his first win as interim head coach. Refusing to rehash the past, Frazier honed in on this game all week. He kept his team focused on the task at hand and was rewarded with a rare Vikings road victory.

Toby Gerhart filled in nicely for the injured Adrian Peterson. Gerhart had career highs in attempts (22), rushing yards (76), and added his first career touchdown. Gerhart doesn’t bring the explosiveness of an Adrian Peterson, but the rookie out of Stanford managed to get it done with the game on the line. He carried the ball 7 times for 25 yards on the final, clock-killing drive of the game.

The Bad:

The Vikings lost Adrian Peterson to an ankle injury early in the game. If Peterson misses an extended period of time, look for the Vikings to bring in a veteran running back to take his place.

The pass defense continues to struggle. The battered group of corners and safeties are the weakest link on this team and a better team makes them pay for this deficiency (see: Green Bay Packers). But the Redskins were unable to capitalize, and the Vikings escaped Landover, Maryland with a much-needed win.

Overall:

The Vikings joined the Detroit Lions as the only other NFC North team to defeat the Washington Redskins this year. It was a good start for the Leslie Frazier era. It wasn’t pretty, but style points don’t matter in the NFL. And with the Buffalo Bills coming to town next week, the Vikings will look to put together their first back-to-back wins of the 2010 season.

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