The Minnesota Vikings (8-6 going into the game) entered Reliant Stadium to face the 12-2 Houston Texans undisputed underdogs. The Texans were playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs and the struggling Vikings only spark in recent weeks had been star running back Adrian Peterson who is chasing the NFL single season rushing record.
On paper the game should have been a breeze but as the saying goes that is why the game is played. The Vikings destroyed the Titans on both sides of the field walking away with a 23-6 victory and catching the eye of the NFL as they keep their playoff hopes alive. The Vikings went 3-13 last year and are on the cusp of the playoffs in 2012 with a 9-6 record.
The only negative that came out of the game was Adrian Peterson’s 86 yard rushing performance (a respectable number for many NFL running backs) broke an eight week 100+ rushing yard streak. Peterson is now just 207 yards from breaking the NFL single season rushing record. He has one more game to break the record, at home next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. In their previous meeting this season Peterson rushed for 210 yards, giving Peterson and Vikings fans something (besides the obvious playoff implications of next week’s game) to look forward to.
Quarterback Christian Ponder completed 16 of 30 passes and has his best game since week 10 against Detroit averaging 5.8 yards per catch accumulating 174 yards passing and adding another 48 yards rushing and adding a touchdown to his season total on a pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph.
Rookie kicker Blaire Walsh broke the NFL record for number of field goals over 50 yards made in a season kicking a 56 yard field goal for his ninth of the season.
The Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers next week in the final preseason game of the year. With a win the Vikings will make it to the playoffs just one season removed from an abysmal 3-13 season.
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