Ascending Vikings have winning formula figured out

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, November 10, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Vikings have topped 30 points once this season, the only time they’ve won a game by more than 10.

As tough of a defense as they’ve developed, they’re in the middle of the pack in the NFL in sacks. They haven’t forced many turnovers and haven’t scored a touchdown on that side of the ball.

Adrian Peterson leads the league with 758 yards rushing, but he’s just 18th with an average of 4.5 yards per attempt.

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The only number that matters, of course, is 6-2. The record is sharp, even if the results haven’t looked pretty.

“I’d much rather have some big wins, but hey, a win is a win,” coach Mike Zimmer said, the day after a 21-18 decision in overtime against St. Louis.

“I think the more you win, the more you learn how to win. It’s important. It does a lot of things, for not only the team and the franchise but for the fans and everything else. We’ve still got a long, long way to go before anybody tells us anything. We’re still kind of the guys in the low-rent district. We’ve just got to keep fighting.”

Half of their remaining games, including two against rival Green Bay, are against teams that are also 6-2. Three of those are on the road. The schedule also includes matchups with defending NFC champion Seattle. This weekend, they’ll take a West Coast trip to play improved Oakland.

The Vikings haven’t picked up many style points, so they’ll still be considered underdogs to overtake the NFC North from the Packers despite being tied at the top of the division at the midpoint of the season.