The Vikings have won five straight games while the Packers have lost three consecutive games, ESPN now ranks the Vikings fifth in its ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings, and the Vikings’ running game is again dominant. It is no secret that the Vikings are a running team.
More than 63 percent of their first down plays this season have been rushing and Adrian Peterson has been running with authority with more than 700 yards on first down, most in the NFL. They are 6-0 in games they have been leading in the fourth quarter because of Peterson and his ability to run out the clock. Statistics show that Peterson averages 3.3 yards a carry in the first quarter, 3.7 yards per carry in the second quarter, 5.8 yards a carry in the third quarter and 8.1 yards per carry in the fourth quarter.
In short, they have found the formula to win and they used it in their victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Peterson rushed for more than 200 yards and contributed a touchdown. This marks his sixth career 200-yard game. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rhett Ellison and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score. Bridgewater finished with 14 completions on 22 throws for 140 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked four times.
Moreover, rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught a 37-yard pass that set up a Blair Walsh 34-yard field goal. Diggs finished with two receptions for 46 yards.
The victory was not an easy one. The Raiders came back from a 13-0 deficit when quarterback Derek Carr threw touchdown passes to Clive Walford and Andre Holmes, which put the Raiders ahead 14-13 with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
However, Carr gave up two interceptions to Terence Newman, one in the end zone with 2:03 remaining in the game. Peterson dashed off an 80-yard run for a score on the next play.
Carr finished with 29 completions on 43 attempts for 302 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Leading rusher for the Raiders was Latavius Murray with 48 yards on 12 carries.
Leading receivers for the Raiders were Amari Cooper with five catches for 79 yards and Michael Crabtree with 4 receptions for 55 yards. VIKINGS 30 RAIDERS 14
The Detroit Lions stunned the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field as Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes. Still, the Packers had a chance to win it but kicker Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal after the Packers recovered an onside kick with about 30 seconds remaining. He had previously made a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter that bounced off the left upright and over the crossbar.
Neither team could generate much of an offense for three quarters. Lions’ kicker Matt Prater missed two extra points, but was successful on kicks of 49 and 51 yards.
The Packers couldn’t get into the end zone until 5:55 remaining when QB Aaron Rodgers hit tight end Richard Rodgers on a 4-yard pass and hit Justin Perillo on an 11-yard touchdown pass. The Packers tried for two after the score, but the attempt failed when cornerback Crezdon Butler knocked the pass away.
The Lions achieved the winning points on Lance Moore’s 4-yard reception with the Perillo touchdown being the last score of the game.
Although Rodgers completed 35 passes on 61 attempts for 333 yards, receivers including Randall Cobb and Davante Adams dropped a few.
Stafford finished with 24 completions on 38 attempts for 242 yard, two touchdowns, and one interception. It was the Packers’ third consecutive loss and it was the Lions’ first win at Lambeau since 1991. LIONS 18 PACKERS 16
Two big plays –- an 87-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller and a screen pass to running back Jeremy Langford that resulted in an 83-yard touchdown–- helped the Chicago Bears beat the St. Louis Rams. Miller also caught a second touchdown pass, Langford rushed for another score and Jay Cutler scrambled for a 26-yard touchdown. The second score for Langford was on a six-yard run. He also caught seven passes for 109 yards and rushed for 73 yards on 20 carries. He played for an injured Matt Forte.
The 87-yard TD reception was the longest for the Bears since tight end Willard Dewyeall caught a 91-yarder against the San Francisco 49ers in 1960.
Cutler finished with 19 completions on 24 attempts for 258 yards, three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 151.0.
Rams’ running back Todd Gurley probably had his worst game collecting only 45 yards on 12 carries and scoring on a 6-yard run.
Rams QB Nick Foles finished with 17 completions on 36 attempts for 200 yards and an interception. Backup quarterback Case Keenum finished the game for Foles. BEARS 37 RAMS 13
NFC NORTH STANDINGS Overall Division
MINNESOTA VIKINGS 7-2 3-0
GREEN BAY PACKERS 6-3 1-1
CHICAGO BEARS 4-5 0-3
DETROIT LIONS 2-7 2-2
NFC NORTH SCHEDULE
RAIDERS @ LIONS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015
BRONCOS @ BEARS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015
PACKERS @ VIKINGS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015
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