Chart: A look back at 10 games and 10 revelations

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 19, 2012 - 10:56 PM

What have the first 10 games told us?

10 GAMES, 10 REVELATIONS

The Vikings had the weekend off, finishing up their Week 11 bye and readying to come back for a potential playoff push. With a 6-4 record, they're still very much alive in the playoff chase. So what have the first 10 games told us? Staff writer Dan Wiederer takes a look.

Week 1: Vikings 26, Jaguars 23 (OT)

What we learned: Rookie kicker Blair Walsh has quite the nerve. Just moments after the Vikings had seemingly blown an opening day victory, allowing a 39-yard Jaguars TD pass with 20 seconds left, Walsh absolutely crunched a 55-yard game-tying field goal as regulation ended. He then added the game-winning field goal -- his fourth of the day -- in overtime.

 

Week 2: Colts 23, Vikings 20

What we learned: The two-minute defense was a work in progress. First, Reggie Wayne torched linebacker Erin Henderson for a pivotal 30-yard TD catch 7 seconds before halftime. Later, Colts rookie Andrew Luck needed just 18 seconds and three passes to spark a 45-yard march into field goal range. Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 53-yard kick with 8 seconds left sealed things.

 

Week 3: Vikings 24, 49ers 13

What we learned: Antoine Winfield's voice matters. Agitated by the loss to the Colts and unwilling to see his 14th NFL season unravel like his 12th and 13th years did, Winfield delivered a passionate sermon to the entire team calling for greater toughness and an investment in getting better. The Vikings responded by manhandling the 49ers across the board.

Week 4: Vikings 20, Lions 13

What we learned: This season's heightened attention to detail on special teams can pay big dividends. Percy Harvin (No. 12) returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and the Vikings never looked back. Marcus Sherels' 77-yard punt return score early in the second half added to the fun.

Week 5: Vikings 30, Titans 7

What we learned: The Titans are bad -- and really bad on the road. But credit the Vikings for not giving Tennessee any hope. The defense allowed only five first-half first downs and nearly posted a shutout. And Harvin provided two TDs, most notably a 10-yard bubble screen score that included a dizzying combination of jukes, cuts and broken tackles.

 

Week 6: Redskins 38, Vikings 26

What we learned: Robert Griffin III is good -- and really good in the open field. Griffin's 76-yard touchdown run with 2:43 to play thwarted a Vikings rally. Just as significant, three early Vikings drives stalled in the red zone, a troubling trend that exposed some of the team's play-calling flaws.

 

Week 7: Vikings 21, Cardinals 14

What we learned: The Vikings defense can put the clamps on opposing superstars. After limiting Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to 54 yards three weeks prior and holding running back Titans Chris Johnson to 24 yards the next Sunday, the Vikings bottled up Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (four grabs, 29 yards). Adding to the defensive entertainment: rookie Harrison Smith returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown.

Week 8: Bucs 36, Vikings 17

What we learned: The Vikings weren't ready for prime time. With a short week of preparation, the offense seemed baffled by the Bucs' non-stop blitzing and didn't run a play in Tampa Bay territory until 11:42 remained in the first half. Worse, rookie running back Doug Martin blew through a frazzled defense for 214 total yards and two touchdowns.

 

Week 9: Seahawks 30, Vikings 20

What we learned: Christian Ponder's growing pains will be sharp at times. It wasn't just that Ponder took four sacks, threw an interception, didn't complete a pass longer than 14 yards and wound up with 44 net passing yards. It's that, as a whole, the passing offense seemed totally out of rhythm, even as Adrian Peterson tried to loosen things up with his 182 rushing yards. Ponder's pocket presence faltered and he missed several easy throws too.

 

Week 10: Vikings 34, Lions 24

What we learned: Don't leave these Vikings for dead too soon. With Ponder and the run defense getting back on track, the Vikings improved to 2-0 in NFC North games and 5-1 at home. Oh, and we also learned Peterson might just be unstoppable and superhuman. He rushed for 171 yards and a game-sealing 61-yard score, giving him 629 rushing yards in his past four games.

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New Orleans 28 FINAL
Carolina 10
Tampa Bay 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Arizona 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Philadelphia 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Houston
NY Jets 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Jacksonville 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
San Diego 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Washington 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
St. Louis 11/2/14 3:05 PM
San Francisco
Denver 11/2/14 3:25 PM
New England
Oakland 11/2/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Baltimore 11/2/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Indianapolis 11/3/14 7:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 105 FINAL
Orlando 98
Detroit 91 FINAL
Minnesota 97
New York 95 FINAL
Cleveland 90
Utah 102 FINAL
Dallas 120
Oklahoma City 90 FINAL
LA Clippers 93
Boston 3 FINAL(OT)
Buffalo 2
Winnipeg 1 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
Chicago 5 FINAL(SO)
Ottawa 4
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay 4
Arizona 1 FINAL
Florida 2
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Minnesota 4
Anaheim 0 FINAL
St. Louis 2
NY Islanders 0 FINAL
Colorado 5
Montreal 2 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
(2) Florida State 42 FINAL
Louisville 31
Troy 10 FINAL
Ga Southern 42
Cincinnati 7:00 PM
Tulane
Tulsa 7:02 PM
Memphis
Air Force 11/1/14 10:30 AM
Army
ULM 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Texas A&M
(19) Oklahoma 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Northwestern 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
(24) Duke 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Maryland 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Wisconsin 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
Rice 11/1/14 11:00 AM
FIU
(21) East Carolina 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Temple
UCF 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Connecticut
Boston College 11/1/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
North Carolina 11/1/14 11:30 AM
Miami-Florida
Washington 11/1/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Central Mich 11/1/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Western Mich 11/1/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Western Ky 11/1/14 2:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
NC State 11/1/14 2:00 PM
Syracuse
Virginia 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Purdue 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(17) Nebraska
BYU 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Middle Tennessee
(10) TCU 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(20) West Virginia
Indiana 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(9) Georgia
Georgia State 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Appalachian St
Kentucky 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Kansas 11/1/14 3:00 PM
(12) Baylor
Texas State 11/1/14 3:00 PM
New Mexico St
Houston 11/1/14 3:00 PM
So Florida
USC 11/1/14 3:30 PM
Washington St
Arkansas State 11/1/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
South Alabama 11/1/14 4:00 PM
Louisiana
New Mexico 11/1/14 4:30 PM
UNLV
UAB 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
(4) Auburn 11/1/14 6:00 PM
(7) Ole Miss
Old Dominion 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Colorado State 11/1/14 6:00 PM
San Jose St
Arkansas 11/1/14 6:15 PM
(1) Miss State
Stanford 11/1/14 6:30 PM
(5) Oregon
Tennessee 11/1/14 6:30 PM
So Carolina
Texas 11/1/14 6:30 PM
Texas Tech
Southern Miss 11/1/14 7:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
(6) Notre Dame 11/1/14 7:00 PM
Navy
Oklahoma State 11/1/14 7:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Illinois 11/1/14 7:00 PM
(13) Ohio State
(14) Arizona 11/1/14 9:30 PM
(25) UCLA
California 11/1/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
San Diego St 11/1/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Wyoming 11/1/14 9:45 PM
Fresno State
(18) Utah 11/1/14 10:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Utah State 11/1/14 10:00 PM
Hawaii
Bowling Green 11/4/14 7:00 PM
Akron
Toledo 11/4/14 7:00 PM
Kent State
Buffalo 11/5/14 7:00 PM
Ohio U
Northern Ill 11/5/14 7:00 PM
Ball State
(22) Clemson 11/6/14 6:30 PM
Wake Forest
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2
Hamilton 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Toronto 11/2/14 11:00 AM
Montreal
Ottawa 11/7/14 6:00 PM
Toronto
Calgary 11/7/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Montreal 11/8/14 3:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 11/8/14 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan
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