Merry post-win Monday, everyone! Wow, that was a heck of a game. The good guys dominated every facet, it was honestly more of a blowout than the score would lead you to believe.
What we did right:
Honestly, we did almost everything right. The offense mixed it up, and moved the ball well in the passing game. Bradford finished with 271 yards and 2 touchdowns, and I was impressed with both Thielen and Patterson. The offense controlled the clock, which isn't as hard when you have an all-world defense that forces three-and-outs almost at will. If it wasn't for some very poor officiating, this very well could have been a shutout. The defense dominated when they were on the field, which wasn't all that long, as the Vikings' time of possession was 37:28, compared to 22:32 for the Texans. The front pressured Osweiller, and the secondary blanketed their receivers. Special teams contributed again, as Sherels returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.
Areas where we can improve:
I can't really think of much, other than we could really cut back on the O line injuries. Our running game could use a little improvement, but if that's our biggest issue, we're doing pretty well.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Ted puts up a defense of Rick Spielman. Amen, Ted.
Go ahead and spoil yourself or someone else at the DN Store.
Chris shared a pretty funny song parody about our head coach.
Marcus Sherels made the Vikings record books yesterday.
Chris has yesterday's post-game wrap-up.
Chris shared a report that the Vikings are going to take a look at Jake Long.
Ted has your much anticipated Stock Market Report from the Vikings-Texans game.
Vikings news from other sources:
Fox Sports wonders who is going to beat the Minnesota Vikings. No one, that's who.
Craig Peters posted his Vikings-Texans notebook.
Sam Bradford downplayed his dazzling play thus far in Minnesota, which he continued yesterday.
Adam Thielen had a career day yesterday, and led the offense.
Sam Bradford addressed the media after the game as well.
Around the NFL:
Get all of week five's scores here, from NFL.com.
ESPN has the big story for every NFL team.
From ESPN, Aaron Rodgers continues to play below the level we'd become accustomed to, as he threw two interceptions in one half last night, a rare occurrence, per ESPN.
We come to today's media selection. Strike up the band, boys & girls!