Minnesota Vikings struggle to win away from home


It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Minnesota Vikings.  They are currently one of only 5 teams in the NFC to have a winning record and have a ton of young talent that fans are enjoying watch develop under head coach Mike Zimmer.  The defense has tightened up and become one of the best at stopping the pass and it appears as though the team could have momentum going forward through the 2015 NFL season.

That means that the Vikings will have to overcome one of their toughest recent challenges and win some games on the road.  It isn’t even that Minnesota has struggled on the road in the last decade, but they’ve been downright awful.  Even the recent changes in coaching and personnel hasn’t seemed to help much going forward.

Here are some disturbing facts about the Minnesota Vikings road woes.

  • Under head coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings are 2-8 during road games.
  • Since 2009, the Minnesota Vikings are 9-32-1 on the road.
  • Since the Favre led Minnesota team beat the Packers at Lambeau in 2009, the Vikings are 1-14-1 against the NFC North, being outscored by 181 total points in those games.

Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) scrambles and passes for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Those numbers are scary for any fan to see.  Sadly, this trend doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.  So far this year, Minnesota has opened up 0-2 on the road, with a humiliating loss against the 49ers and a narrow defeat at the hands of the Broncos.  If the Minnesota Vikings want to become a playoff team, they’ll have to start winning on the road, especially in the division, and that all starts with Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit.

Although the Lions are 1-5, division battles rarely play out based on the team’s records.  This Detroit team is a talented squad that is coming off their first win of the season, and managed to accomplish that against a division opponent.  It will be a tough challenge for a Minnesota Vikings squad that needs to show that they can win on the road against division foes.

You can catch the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, October 25, 2015.  Be sure to check your local listings for time and availability.

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