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Zimmer says Vikings are starting to ‘believe’

It’s hard to say whether the Minnesota Vikings are the best team in the NFL, but there isn’t another team who is clearly better.

The Vikings’ 14-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons marked their second victory in three weeks over a top-notch NFC contender.

“I think they believe,” Zimmer said. “I think they believed before, but the more you win and you go into somebody else’s stadium and win against a good football team, I think it continues to add to your confidence as we go forward. They were happy in the locker room, but they understand that we haven’t done anything yet.”

As cliche as it might be for coaches to talk about winning “all three phases,” the Vikings were excellent on offense, defense and special teams. On offense they scored on both red zone attempts and controlled the ball with 34 minutes of possession time and converted huge third downs through the game. On defense, the Vikings forced Matt Ryan into bad throws and held top receivers Mohamed San and Julio Jones to five total catches. Even punter Ryan Quigley added a coffin corner kick.

“That’s what it’s all about, finding ways to win,” running back Latavius Murray told the media following the game. “This one was tough, physical, not a high scoring game especially when you have two good defenses. We were able to make a few more plays.”

The Vikings entered with both a top five offense and defense in total yards. No schedule-related arguments can be made against the validity of those numbers after the recent stretch.

“They all won’t be pretty, I promise you that,” Diggs said. “I’ve seen a lot of things go ugly, seen some ups and downs, but to fight and you see the team we have and how we come together and everybody pulling for each other.”

The final stretch of games for the Vikings includes only one team that’s even in the hunt for a playoff spot – that’s the Carolina Panthers next week.

  • KEVIN DURANT IS NOT NICE

    Vikings will beat eagles in nfc championship game the idea of having a superbowl in your own stadium and participating has the vikings confidence on another level and it shows

    • Big TDs

      SKOL

      • Francisco Estrada

        Eagles won’t make it to to the conference championship game. SKOL!!!!

        • Gordon Guffey

          I know NFL Network was saying that if the season ended today Vikings would hold all tiebreakers vs the Eagles ~ Hopefully they can win out or at least keep up win for win with the Eagles to finish out the season ~

    • wdnemesis

      Eagles played a bunch of mediocre teams and whooped their butts. People saying the Eagles are better than the Vikings was silly talk. The eagles came out of the woodwork this year while this Vikings team was hibernating for years getting better and better. The Vikings beat all the legit teams besides the Steelers which I believe is the biggest hurdle for the Vikings.

      • KEVIN DURANT IS NOT NICE

        Exactly I honestly believe we would of made it to superbowl 2 years ago if it wasn’t for blair walsh missing a 1yd field goal

  • linus

    “…the Vikings were excellent on offense, defense and special teams.” I’m not sure I’d call 14 points “excellent” offense, but they did what needed to be done, when it needed to be done.

    • cdr164bn

      They were in the Red Zone when they sat on the ball. It could have been 21 to nine or not.

      • linus

        Even so, I wouldn’t call 21 points “excellent” either… and I don’t mean to be critical, ‘cuz as I said, they accomplished what they needed to when they needed to, but when a team doesn’t even match their average scoring total, I don’t think you can call it an “excellent” performance.

        • Gordon Guffey

          Wow linus ~ Your baring down on your own team ~ Or maybe that should be bearing down on you own team ~

          • SM

            Maybe Linus don’t realize Atlanta allowed 5th fewest points in the NFC.

            AND Atlanta held Steelers, NE Pats, and Panthers to between 17-21 points. The Vikes certain 21 points would have been right up next to NE.

            Maybe Linus thinks there are no excellent offenses in the league?

            Maybe Linus didn’t know Fran’s Vikes beat LA on the road 14-7 in the mud bowl in the playoffs? I guess they weren’t excellent either.

      • Douglas Pitre

        It’s not how many points that you score. It’s about scoring more points that the opponent even if it is 1.
        Now do you understand the game? Lol

      • Jake Johnson

        They were also moving the ball on a couple drives that were killed by big penalties. Illegal block by Reiff and holding by Hill- 1st & 25, 1st & 20. Back ’em up.

    • Douglas

      t’s not how many points that you score. It’s about scoring more points that the opponent even if it is 1.
      Now do you understand the game? Lol

    • TeslaQuake

      Against a good team with a good defense 14 points while knocking on the door for more points is pretty good. We also moved the ball on offense and held time of possession which is critical to wearing down a defense. This is why we were much more successful moving the ball in the second half.

      All of those things is why we continue to grind out wins against good teams. Not every game is going to be a 30 – 7.

    • SM

      They didn’t run up the score, very smart, they could see Atlanta again.
      Easily would have been 21-9 on another good D home turf.

      You’ve been lulled by NFL score runups against crap teams.

  • Theguds

    BRING ON CAROLINA!! Can’t wait to see Everson Griffen turn Khalil into a turnstile.

    • cka2nd

      Normally, I wouldn’t wish a bad performance on a player, but Kalil said some really disrespectful things this off-season about the coaching he received in Minnesota – his two offensive line coaches here are currently leading the two lines that have given up the least sacks in the NFL this season – so I’m rooting for him to be spanked hard.

      • Theguds

        Yeah, I can see Kalil crying about something like that. I heard him on the radio a few times, I got the impression he wasn’t much for taking responsibility for his play or mistakes. He was a good run blocker, as he was a leaner and faster LT but he would get man handled sometimes during passing situations. But If I’m not mistaken I believe he was playing through an injury during 2015.

        • cka2nd

          First he was playing through an injury in 2013. OK, I figured, we’ve all heard of the “sophomore slump,” he’ll bounce back in 2014. Nope, he was even worse. I can’t even remember if he was playing through pain that year or not, but I thought he was supposed to be fully healthy in 2015 and ready to come roaring back. Eeeew, another stinker. Time to replace him after two failed “bounce back” seasons, I said at the time, but no, Speilman exercises the team’s fifth year option. Of course, Kalil is then injured and misses most of the 2016 season, but there were STILL people who wanted to bring him back for a sixth season! Thank the Gods, common sense prevailed and we washed our hands of him (Hello, Riley Reiff!). Kalil then goes and signs a widely ridiculed contract with Carolina, claims the coaches in Minnesota didn’t demand excellence (what a load of bullcrap!) while the ones in Carolina do, and he proceeds to have a generally lousy season with the exception of, to be fair, a couple of games probably as good as he has ever played in the NFL. That kind of “consistency” and “excellence,” I think we can do without. If he had kept his mouth shut, I would have just wished him well, but lying about a couple of really accomplished offensive line coaches like Jeff Davidson and Tony Sparano really pissed me off. Matt Kalil, is a tool and I hope Everson Griffin burns him for a boatload of sacks and total pressures AND throws him aside on the way to anyone running in Griffin’s direction.

          • Jake Johnson

            And I have it on good authority, while in Minnesota, he had a real penchant for the drink and his work ethic sucked. Overpaid punk who is unable to demand excellence of himself- needs somebody else to help him with that.

  • Bob T.

    How does Latavius feel about taking the ball inside the 5 (more than once this year) and having someone else get the TD?………..Like a team mate. The Vikings are full of them. Love this TEAM !!!!





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