The Minnesota Vikings have a young, second year franchise quarterback named Teddy Bridgewater, a dynamic and prolific running back named Adrian Peterson and an offense that can score points against any team in the league.
The Minnesota Vikings also have a stifling defense and that makes this squad special and dangerous. The Vikings have been so good on defense this season that they are ranked Number Two, behind only the Denver Broncos in points allowed per game.
Currently, after eight games played, opposing squads have been able to score just 17.50 points per game, a primary reason why this team from “the North Star state” has managed to compile a Won-Loss record of 6-2, numbers that place it in a tie with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC).
The Vikings have been good far more frequently than they have been mediocre over all the years of their history in the National Football League (NFL). And this squad that has, at times, been dynamic offensively, has mostly relied on a stout defense for all of the success it has enjoyed.
That is certainly true in this, the 2015-2016 Season. This cold weather squad is allowing just about one hundred eleven rushing yards per game, a statistic that places it near the top of the league in run-stuffing efficiency.
It has done well forcing turnovers. In fact, the Vikings average a hefty 1.12 interceptions and fumbles recovered in every game they play. Teams that find themselves at the top of the standings generally do well in many defensive categories. So it is no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings have been giving up passing yardage grudgingly. Opponents are managing just about two hundred twenty yards per game. And the secondary of the Vikings looks to keep up this trend of keeping opposing offenses to low passing numbers because of their talented young secondary. The secondary of the Vikings includes veteran Terence Newman, Xavier Rhodes, and rookie first round pick Trae Waynes.
This squad’s foes also manage to amass just 5.35 yards per play, well below the league average that is above five-and-one-half yards per play.
When one considers all of the ways Minnesota excels defensively, it becomes easy to understand why this team is in first place and why, if it continues to “smother its opposition” defensively, it will continue to be in first place, or close to the top of its division.
The reality is that teams like the Vikings that can put talented players on the field when on offense or on defense are almost pre-destined to succeed. The Vikings can score points in bunches in every game they play. They can keep opponents from scoring frequently, holding most opponents below twenty points with regularity.
It is, by every standard, a working formula that when executed effectively, leads to success. That’s why Minnesota is in first place after eight games and why it is likely to still be in first place when the regular season ends eight more games from now.
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