THIRD TIME IS NO CHARM

It’s hard to win football games without converting third-down plays. The Vikings failed eight times on 10 tries (not counting plays influenced by penalties) to get a first down in that situation, and they didn’t come through on their one fourth-down attempt, either. Two of their 17 first downs came as a result of penalties.

When it worked

Third-and-3 at Detroit 27: Defensive holding wipes out Bradford incomplete pass to Kyle Rudolph

Third-and-8 at Detroit 20: Defensive pass interference wipes out Bradford interception

Third-and-7 at Vikings 30: Bradford 10-yard pass to Cordarrelle Patterson

Third-and-1 at Vikings 29: Zach Line 2-yard run

When it didn’t work

Third-and-8 at Vikings 14: Bradford 6-yard pass to Matt Asiata

Third-and-9 at Detroit 48: Bradford 7-yard pass to Adam Thielen

Fourth-and-2 at Detroit 41: Bradford pass incomplete to Thielen

Third-and-14 at Vikings 45: Bradford 5-yard pass to Rudolph

Third-and-9 at Vikings 36: Bradford 2-yard pass to Jerick McKinnon

Third-and-5 at Detroit 15: Bradford 3-yard pass to Asiata

Third-and-goal at Detroit 16: Bradford 6-yard pass to Rudolph

Third-and-3 at Vikings 38: Bradford 2-yard pass to McKinnon

Third-and-2 at Vikings 33: Patterson illegal formation penalty wipes out Bradford 7-yard pass to McKinnon

Third-and-7 at Vikings 28: Bradford pass intercepted