Vikings Lead NFC North By One Game Over Reeling Packers

Adrian Peterson and the new winning formula of the Minnesota Vikings head coaches have lifted the Vikings to the top spot alone in the NFC North.

The Vikings ended Week 10 in first place prior to their huge game with division rivals Green Bay this Sunday. Minnesota has found a formula for winning that could help them against the Packers.

The Vikings were able to win every one of the games they just played in what most would call their softest stretch of the year and now sit at 7-2 on the season after beating Oakland 30-14.

The Vikings stopped the potent offense of Oakland, intercepted two passes in its secondary and saw its top offensive player in Adrian Peterson run for over 200 yards.

Heading toward their most important game with Green Bay since 2012, Minnesota has every reason to believe they can open a two game lead after next Sunday’s game.

Teddy Bridgewater the Vikings quarterback most likely will have to step up his game for the Vikings to continue their run against top teams. Bridgewater has 250 yards or more passing only once over the Vikings current winning streak of five games.

On Sunday, Bridgewater passed for only 140, but Peterson happily carried the load with 212 yards rushing.

The defense has also stepped up giving the Vikings their third consecutive win on the road.

The Packers lost their third game in a row Sunday. It was the first time in 24 years the Packers lost at home to the Lions.

Mike Zimmer the head coach for Minnesota has had success in containing Aaron Rodgers and the offensive line for the Packers might have problems with the pass rush and blitz packages for the Vikings.

Minnesota fans are excited because the Vikings have not been a successful road team for a number of years and with the defense as strong as it has become, more wins look like the norm.

Minnesota kept Oakland quarterback Derek Carr in check and played well against the running attack of Latavius Murray.

Bridgewater however needs to step up for Minnesota to take another move forward toward the postseason and an NFC Championship.

Bridgewater at times looked to be holding onto the ball too long rather than having trust in himself and his abilities to get the ball to his receivers.

Nevertheless, things seemed to be looking up in Minnesota following a long season without Peterson last year.

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