Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders: Week 10 game review

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November 15, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (23) intercepts the football intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes (18) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Overall Impressions

Overall, this is the kind of game that I prefer over last week’s stress-fest against the Rams.

During this contest, we saw why the Minnesota Vikings are the real deal in the NFL.  They showed that they have the defense to defend against high-powered passing offenses.  The team has already established that they are no slouches in the short game, eating up ball carriers, screens and slants for little to no gain.  But proving that they can play at a high level in all phases of the game really sets them apart.

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Minnesota did one thing that they really had to do:  pound the football with Adrian Peterson.  The Vikings wore down the defense, and that eventually paid dividends, as the dynamic back chipped away until breaking one big run at the end of the game for an 80 yard score.  Bridgewater did his part as well, having what should have been two touchdown passes on the day if you count the one that was dropped by Kyle Rudolph and not turning the ball over.  However, if this Minnesota offense can figure out a more efficient way to get points on the board, they could be a dangerous team going forward.

Finishing the game strong, the Minnesota Vikings have been very encouraging to fans.  Could this be the year Minnesota returns to the playoffs?  Can they take the crown in the NFC North?  Am I talking about all this stuff WAY too early?

We’ll find out more when the Vikings host the Green Bay Packers next week.